After graduating from Harrington Institute of Interior Design, Christine Julian started Julian Kitchen Design Inc. 24 years ago after working for deGiulio kitchen design and an architectural firm designing corporate interiors. Today, Julian Kitchen Design is an award-winning, Oak Brook-based design firm specializing in high end kitchens, baths, and built-in millwork.
Why you love what you do? I love not only making a home beautiful, but also improving its function and organization. Design is about creative problem-solving. These elements have a daily, positive impact on a family’s life.
What sets you apart from your competition? I am not a dealer for a cabinet company. I work with a local, custom millworker. Each project is personalized and built just for them—from finishes to every small detail.
Best thing about 2020? People spent so much time in their homes that they realized it could— and should—work harder for them, and ideally give them visual and tactile pleasure.
Past trend you’d like to see return? I have always preferred natural stone over quartz counters. Stone was never considered a trend, but if I’m going to use a manmade material, I’d rather use something unique like resin or concrete.
Trends on the horizon? Soft yet saturated color, warmer neutrals, and curves!
Best advice you’ve given? Buy quality … you only cry once.
Favorite mantra? When contemplating an expensive purchase (which you can afford), if you love it and it will bring you joy, it’s worth it.
Most looking forward to in 2021? Our lives and businesses not only returning to normal, but thriving.
For more information about Julian Kitchen Design Inc., call 630-852-8800 or visit juliankitchendesign.com.