A style trendsetter since her grammar school days, Cindy Bardes Galvin’s love of fashion prompted her tongue-in-cheek design mantra, “It’s all about the outfit.” Today, couture inspired layers of color, texture and pattern define her signature style – a modern take on traditional design. Her elegant, comfortable spaces are grounded in the classic, evoking a sophisticated balance of proportion and scale.
Cindy works in a range of genres, taking her cues from architecture and the environment while instinctively interpreting her clients’ personalities in their decor. Her unique touch can be seen in the residential, retail and commercial interiors she has created in venues stretching from Chicago to Rhode Island, Manhattan to Vail and Florida to San Francisco. Her work has appeared on the pages of Luxe Interiors & Design, CS Interiors, Mountain Living, NS Magazine, Sheridan Road and Chicago Home & Garden. Cindy has been named to the Luxe Gold List, Top Mountain Designers, GD&A Retail Stars and as a Luxe Style Maker. In 2014, her work was featured in the book Interiors Midwest.
Through 30 years of travel searching for unique pieces for her clients, Cindy has assembled a carefully edited collection of French antiques and other one-of-a-kind furnishings and objects. Propelled by client demand to peek inside her “warehouse,” she opened a pop-up store during the holidays in 2008. The sale, originally slated to last four days, extended beyond four weeks and quickly morphed into her chic design boutique, Maze Home.
Cindy is a wife and mother of two grown sons and, to her great delight, recently became a grandmother. Originally from Cincinnati, Cindy received her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Northwestern University and is a long-time resident of Winnetka, Illinois.
- What’s your go-to classic color choice?
- I never met a blue I didn't like.
- Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
- Kit Kemp’s Firmdale hotels in London and New York, including Ham Yard and Crosby Street. Her book, A Living Space, is riddled with endless ideas.
- Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
- What did I do before my iPhone? It’s my personal and professional photographic diary.
- Where do you go to spot new style?
- Traveling in general but most specifically London streets – window displays in big and little shops, from local home stores to Portobello Market to Harrods. For years I’ve seen trends there and a year or two later see them in the U.S. There are so many creatives in London.
- Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
- Depends if you’re asking food or décor. Megu in New York satisfies both. I love the ritual of sharing small plates of fresh, flavorful food artfully presented, and the two-story structure is a visual feast.
- What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
- Musée de la Mode et du Textile (The Museum of Fashion and Textile) in Paris.
- How do you usually start your weekend?
- I always have a stack of design books to peruse and look at them differently depending on what projects I’m working on. Unless there’s a new season of House of Cards or Orange is the New Black on Netflix, then all bets are off.
- Who or what is your biggest design influence?
- My interior design, art history and architecture professors at Northwestern University who taught me about period design. That experience was a walk through history and a path I still travel today.
- How do you keep it all together?
- A great team! My VIPs make it all possible.
- Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
- Both. English gardens achieve structure with hedges and tress defining outside rooms, while layers of strategically chosen perennials appear free-form as if they've developed naturally over time.