About Interior Enhancement Group

Inverness, IL

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Your Home. Your Style.

IEG’s team approach ensures that multiple designers and a project manager each contribute their unique perspective and talents to your project, producing the highest level of creativity and function in the final plan. From getting to know you to placing accessories, they handle every detail so you can focus on your day-to-day life and enjoy the design process. Kelly Guinaugh believes that outstanding design makes life better, whether she is designing your home, work place or country club. Beauty and function come together to smooth out day-to-day living and instill a sense of confidence and being at peace. She knows that a well-designed home is a safe haven where you can relax and rejuvenate. A well-designed workplace mirrors the comforts and luxuries you enjoy at home, and makes you feel organized, efficient and productive. Always, the journey begins with you. Your life style. Your work style. Your personal preferences, interpreted and enhanced by the IEG team. Because no two spaces should ever be the same.

Ten Questions

What’s your go-to classic color choice?
For foundation colors in a room, I often choose neutrals such as off-whites, light greys and taupes. A few of my favorites come from Benjamin Moore's "Color Stories" deck, which never disappoints us on the wall. They include Penthouse CSP-35, Grandma’s China CSP-365 and Skipping Stone CSP-155. Of course, there are times where we want walls to be saturated with color.
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
I love the Peninsula hotels for their perfect mix of luxury, glam and historical details, while not being overly ornate. I always feel so pampered there. The rooms and public spaces are peaceful and beautiful, and their restaurants are world-class.
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
We use a cloud-based system to store inspiring photos and resources for current and future projects. This year as part of our team approach to design, we are each sharing an inspirational photo we have found of a room, fabric, light fixture or other product. We store those in categories that we can easily access when we're searching for ideas. It is so valuable to see what inspires each of us.
Where do you go to spot new style?
I explore trade shows such as Highpoint to find smaller vendors that can be real gems. I also read everything that I can get my eyes on; I follow many designers whose work I respect and peruse all photos that we have accumulated over the years from a variety of sources. Always on my horizon: the annual Maison&Objet show in Paris!
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
I love Edith’s in Cabo San Lucas. It is located close to the ocean on the tip of the Baja Peninsula. The ambiance in this restaurant is so laid-back and tropical! The native plants and vibrant, Latin-inspired colors are perfect for their restaurant, and provide some inspiration. After all, plants can always be incorporated into a home, as well as touches of saturated color. Of course, the food is beautifully presented and delicious, too!
What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
Well, it isn’t the smallest by any means, but the Louvre in Paris is my favorite. It could be considered a collection of small museums. I love the art, the room vignettes, and there's always something new to see.
How do you usually start your weekend?
For years, I have spent Saturday mornings walking with a friend on a beautiful path near my home. It is just so beautiful all year round. In winter, there can be snow or ice glistening on the evergreens and in spring and summertime, the wild flowers are in bloom.
Who or what is your biggest design influence?
The great outdoors, without question! It might be a sandy beach, the color of the water against the sky, the incredible variety of trees, flowers and even the shades of color in an animal’s fur coat.
How do you keep it all together?
Does anyone keep it all together all the time? If so, I would like to meet them! But I do have a few tricks that keep me grounded. I like to begin each day in my “prayer chair,” where I can journal, sketch out the needs for the day and re-affirm my goals for how I want to interact with people. I have recently added exercise, including yoga, to my calendar, which has been a great mind-body balancer. Finally, I try to end every work day with a plan for the next day, prioritized of course. I guess organization is in my DNA!
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
A little bit of both! A meticulously groomed garden can sometimes feel too perfect and controlled, while a truly freestyle garden can be a little too wild for me. In my own backyard, I have a beautiful mix of perennials that bloom throughout the spring, summer and fall. I often cut some to share with a client. But to be honest, my favorite garden would be one with NO weeds!

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