Franklin Report Report Card for Eva Quateman Interiors, Ltd. in Chicago
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Eva Quateman Interiors, Ltd.

220 W. Huron Suite 2002
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 255-8800
Main Contact: Eva Quateman
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Clean, neoclassical comfort

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Noted to be a cool traditionalist, integrating neoclassical lines into modern backgrounds, Eva Quateman has a loyal group of clients. Supporters say that Quateman works effectively and efficiently to achieve the client's vision, which is most often described as traditionally based, fun and comfortable, without the florals or flourishes. Quateman reportedly goes way beyond the usual interior design responsibilities, often managing the construction process as well.

Clients are generally younger, with homes ranging considerably from a very large Park Tower raw-space build out, to a new home on the North Shore, to just a few rooms for new graduates. The firm was established about ten years ago. Quateman learned the business from her father who was in contract renovation for 40 years. While most first-time clients will typically spend about $30,000 to $40,000 in the design of the living room, other clients will spend twice that. For the interior design services, the firm charges very low product markups and low hourly rates. Construction oversight fees are arranged separately. Although Quateman and her team offer a full range of services, only a handful of projects are fully active at one time, allowing the firm to be very responsive to clients' needs.

Quateman encourages clients to choose just a few good furniture pieces to distinguish the spaces. Patrons say she is quite practical about mixing in existing furnishings, suggesting low-cost alternatives and finding excellent, economic subcontractors. Quateman is known to search high and low for possibilities, including antiques in New York and Paris.

Representative Client Comments:
"She found some amazing, economical choices." "Eva is great at maximizing space and redesigning existing furnishings." "With a light hand, she has fun with the furnishings." "She's been able to manage all of our projects, ranging from very small to very big. She knows how to get things done." "She is not constricted by traditional boundaries—if she cannot find the perfect piece, she has it made." "She totally understands context - what's appropriate for Chicago and what's appropriate for Florida." "Eva is able to offer great advice even when we're not in the same state." "I thought it was impossible for my Husband and I to agree on what to do with our den, but Eva found a compromise that worked." "She just gets it." "Eva's strength is in her ability to make each room comfortable with wonderful finishing touches." "What started as a living room rehab became a gut renovation due to my confidence in Eva."

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