Marilyn P. Akins, ASID

School: Harrington Institute of Interior Design
Company: Marilyn Akins Interiors
424 S. Garfield Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521 map
Phone: (630) 325-3355

Designer Profile

Marilyn Akins Interiors has been in the business of creating beautiful and timeless interior design for the discerning and quality conscious client for over 40 years. Akins is a leader of excellence in luxury design with an unparalled level of service and dedication to the clients she serves. "Our clients' positive experience through the design process is as important to us as the design itself". Akins works as a team with her daughter, Shary Akins. Their work includes an incredible sensitivity to color, texture, and fine craftsmanship.
Marilyn is a graduate of Harrington Institute of Interior Design in Chicago and the pair also expand their design knowledge via frequent design study tours throughout Europe and Asia. They apply a keen understanding and appreciation of historic, period and cultural design to creative concepts that have been featured in many of the most widely recognized decorating magazines. In addition their designs have been selected for 18 designer showcase houses.

Services Offered

Marilyn Akins Interiors provides its clients with a wide range of interior design services including but not limited to, space planning, renovation, color, materials and furniture selection, window treatments, kitchen and bath design,accessorizing down to the last detail, and exterior plants. With her many years in the interior design business, Marilyn has acquired an extensive list of highly skilled craftsmen, laborers, and furniture and accessory resources.

Awards & Publications

Marilyn Akins' work has been recognized, awarded and featured by many prestigious publications and associations both local and national.

Awards include: 1993 Traditional Home Design Award; ASID Design Excellence Award, 2010 1st place in large bathroom category: Chicago Kitchen & Bath Association.

Publications include:
Traditional Home
Better Homes & Gardens
Chicago Home & Garden
House Beautiful
Kitchen and Bath Concepts
Metropolitan Home
Chicago Tribune
Chicago Suntimes
New York Times
Window Shopping with Kirsch
New Ideas for Decorating
Showcase of Interior Design- Midwest Edition II and III
West Suburban Living

Master Bedroom: Black and white scalloped window treatments add a touch of whimsy. Lake Forest, Il.
Master Bedroom: Only accents of red are found in this charming black and white bedroom. Lake Forest, Il.
Bathroom for the lady of the house: The large expanse of closet doors was enhanced by the hanging of antique botanical prints.   Lake Forest, Illinois.
Dining Room: Designed to bring the outside in, the heavily windowed walls are painted in rich green tones, and window treatment tops create a leaf like form. Hinsdale, IL.
Dining Room: The use of botanical prints completes the outdoor theme of this elegant room. Hinsdale, Il.
Landing: West Indies mahogany loveseat and pair of urns with palms beautifully frame the exquisite stained glass window. Hinsdale, Il.
Foyer.  Golden walls bring sunlight into an otherwise dark foyer.  A West Indies themed rug hangs over the demi-lune table.
Single Woman's Bedroom: Client's desire for a soft, elegant room
Dining Room: Chinese red walls hung with beautiful Staffordshire platters
Guest Bedroom: Warm fresh colors and patterns create a sunny, comfortable space for guests to relax. Hinsdale, Il.
Conference Room, Law Offices: Clients' request was to give their offices a  residential feel while maintaining a professional image.Oak Brook, IL.
Living Room:  Flowers on the carpet, flowers in the draperies and pillows lend a distinctly English feeling to this inviting room.  Hinsdale.
Study: Inspired by the designs of the Brighton Pavillian; red and gold Chinese textiles plus faux bamboo painted drapery rods and moldings create this warm and timeless room.  Hinsdale, Illinois.
Living Room: In keeping with the authentic style of this Victorian home, the walls are covered with anaglypta embossed paper, then painted and glazed in green. At owners' request, woodwork remains in original stain, and crown molding is unexpectedly decorated with the addition of gold stars. Hinsdale, Illinois.
Living Room: Antique books, porcelains and prints richly accessorise this cozy corner. Hinsdale, Il.
Breakfast Room: Casual  English country style in this renovated home uses an antique pine dresser to display
client's collection of antique Blue Willow  Staffordshire in the breakfast room.  St. 
 Joseph, Michigan.
Master Bedroom: Antique Danish flip top tables hold antique Chinese lamps and flank the carved mahogany 4 poster bed. St. Joseph Michigan
Living Room: Traditional style with spring green walls are the backdrop for a collection of antique blue and white lamps, English Staffordshire and majolica porcelains.
Dining Room: Handpainted floral walls create the summery feeling desired by client for this lakefront vacation home. Lake Geneva, Illinois
Living Room: Large cabbage roses on four chairs and the draperies, set the tone for this lakefront vacation home. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Foyer: Soft, neutral color and traditional patterns mix with contemporary lamps, a mirrored ceiling and old time hollywood movie stars print to create the stylized glamour of this entrance. Hinsdale, Il Showcase House.