Madeline Gelis, ASID

School: Harrington Institute of Interior Design
Company: Madeline Gelis Inc.
1035 Hull Terrace
Evanston, IL 60202-3310 map
Phone: (312) 943-7464

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Designer Profile

"We create beautiful, livable spaces that are tailored to your needs."
-Madeline Gelis

Whether working with a luxury penthouse or farmhouse retreat, award-winning designer Madeline Gelis and her team create a distinctly serene and gracious ambience that helps define a client's personal style. The firm is dedicated to designing stylish and comfortable interiors inspired by the smart use of space, accents and the subtle blending of textures and colors. The work begins with detailed budgets and floor plans, and the team oversees all projects while consulting with clients, contractors, vendors and trades throughout the process.

Madeline Gelis Inc. specializes in new construction and renovation and designs select interiors, from contemporary to traditional. The firm has completed the interior design of primary residences and vacation homes locally and nationally, including California, Arizona, Montana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey and New York. A refined perspective and an innovative, organized and professional approach to projects have provided the firm with an extensive reference list.

Evolving Lifestyles(TM), as featured in Crain's Chicago Business, is a service that was created for the discerning client who is looking for more than an organizer or a move manager. Madeline brings her interior design and organizational skills to meet the evolving needs of busy professionals, growing families and the 55+ active adult and retirement community. Her experienced team can refresh, edit and refine a current home, prepare a home for sale and/or orchestrate a move, creating ease in client's lives.

Madeline Gelis began her career in commercial design and then expanded into residential properties, which are now the firm's trademark. She is a longstanding professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and has served on the Board of Governors of the Chicago-based Harrington College of Design, her alma mater, where she taught design courses and received an outstanding alumni award. Dedicated to preserving the area's many rich architectural and historic treasures, Madeline has also served on the Board of Directors of Landmarks Illinois, the state's leading voice for historic preservation, and continues to be very involved. She is an active member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Madeline Gelis is available for speaking engagements. Past presentations include those at the Woman's Athletic Club of Chicago and the Women's Exchange in Winnetka, as well as numerous real estate firms.

We welcome your call to discuss how we can be of assistance, both locally and nationally.

Services Offered

- Space planning
- Construction drawings
- Site inspections

Interior Finishes
- Appliances
- Tile
- Plumbing fixtures and accessories
- Custom millwork, paint and wallcoverings
- Flooring materials
- Lighting

Selection of Furnishings
- Furniture
- Fine and decorative art and accessories
- Carpet
- Window treatments

In addition to our primary design services, our Evolving Lifestyles (TM) service also provides:

Evaluation of Residence
- Overall assessment and select appraisals
- Assist in selecting a new residence
- Refresh, edit and refine a current home
- Assist in determining what will be kept, sold or donated
- Prepare residence for sale, rent or renovation

Moving Coordination
- Organize entire move
- Objective selection of furnishings, art and keepsakes
- Coordinate movers and cleaning service
- Packing and unpacking
- Coordinate all installations including art and accessories

Awards & Publications

Harrington Institute of Interior Design: 2012 Outstanding Alumni Award

Crain's Chicago Business: "Designers Ease the Way for Downsizers and Empty Nesters", May 4, 2013; article on Evolving Lifestyles(TM) service.

Living Room: A newly constructed home, Northfield, Illinois
Living Room: Conversation area, Northfield, Illinois
Foyer: A newly constructed home, Northfield, Illinois
Powder Room: Custom bow front vanity by David Iatesta adds charm, Northfield, Illinois
Master Bath: Custom his and her's vanities flank the whirlpool, Northfield, Illinois
Dining Room: All custom millwork designed by Madeline Gelis Inc., Northfield, Illinois
Breakfast Room: Overlooking the pool with an expanding table to seat up to twelve, Northfield, Illinois
Kitchen: Custom designed by Madeline Gelis Inc. with a distressed wood and granite island, Northfield, Illinois
Recreation Room: A collection of vintage baseball photos create the focal point for a large space that also has a poker area, pool table and bar, Northfield, Illinois
Primitive:  Transitional, eclectic Living Room
Primitive:  Sitting area detail
Living Room:  Transitional and eclectic.
The Palmolive Building: A serene interior is created with furnishings by Holly Hunt, Niermann Weeks and David Sutherland, art purchased from the Mumford Collection
The Palmolive Building: Camel colored wool flannel draperies create a warm and inviting Den, with furnishings by Holly Hunt, David Iatesta and Roman Thomas.
The Palmolive Building: Camel colored wool flannel draperies create a warm and inviting Den, with furnishings by Holly Hunt, David Iatesta and Roman Thomas.
The Palmolive:  Serene Dining Room with Murano glass chandelier.
The Palmolive Building: Gourmet Kitchen cabinets by Poliform
The Palmolive Building is the setting for this warm, contemporary Kitchen
The Palmolive Building: Sub Zero wine coolers surround a custom banquette
The Palmolive Building: Sumputious silk drapes fabricated by The Workroom add glamour to this serene Master Bedroom.
The Palmolive Building: The sitting area of this Master Bedroom is the perfect place to relax.
The Palmolive Building: A custom chest of drawers was designed for a space originally intended as a linen closet
Living Room: A 1920's vintage apartment is furnished with a blend of Chippendale and Mies Van Der Rohe, Evanston, Illinois
A clean lined eclectic interior in Evanston Illinois
Living Room:  Biedermeier Chair in vintage Evanston apartment.
Living Room: Relaxing Charlotte, North Carolina home with photography, silk draperies and stunning lamps.
Kitchen:  Timeless elegance in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Master Bedroom:  Beautiful bed detail.
Den:  Whole house renovation which transformed little used Dining Room to well used, cozy Den.
Kitchen: Whole house renovation to transform suburban house to a vacation home.
The Belvidere, Chicago, Illinois:  Foyer detail
The Belvidere, Chicago Illinois. The Library area of the Living Room. Custom millwork by Madeline Gelis Inc. display long treasured pieces.
The Belvidere, Chicago, Illinois:  Transitional Dining Room with Murano chandelier
Bozeman, Montana. Artrifacts from all over the world emblish this home built with recycled timber.
Bozeman, Montana: A recliner covered in distressed leather is the perfect place to enjoy reading the the Study.
Living Room:  In Chicago's Gold Coast
Astor Street, Chicago, Illinios: Asian art and accessories are displayed on a beautiful mid century chest.