Wilmette’s Amy Kartheiser has an exquisite eye for detail and a unique ability to create spaces brimming with both elegance and ease, adding a touch of luxury and a sense of wonder to the homes of her clients. In recent years, a series of life-changing events influenced Kartheiser to launch a nonprofit organization, Under the Same Sky, dedicated to raising awareness of suicide prevention.
What’s on the horizon? The official launch of Under the Same Sky. It means the world to get to combine my love for travel and design with my passion for raising awareness of suicide prevention Mantra? You have one life. Live it Best grooming tip? I’m obsessed with all Beauty Counter products Guilty pleasure? Travel Favorite foods? French Fries. Once I start, I can’t stop Music you love? Live music. It can be anything; I just love concerts Best advice ever given to you? From my dad: “This too shall pass” Best advice you’ve given? To my kids: “You be you” Earliest memory? Summer nights playing yard games with the neighborhood kids When you wake up, you? Workout—either Pilates or yoga Before bed, you? Read. I don’t think I have ever gone to bed without reading What’s on your bookshelf? American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins You can’t live without? A good book, traveling with my family, and long walks with my dog Love to escape to? The Peninsula Spa with girlfriends Advice you would give to your younger self? Ninety-nine percent of the things we worry about never come to fruition
ON THE SHORE
Your style is? Comfortable, yet chic Can’t leave the house without? Sunglasses and my iPhone Transportation? Lexus SUV Driving music? Interior design podcasts Place to eat? Spirit Elephant—I’m a vegan Shop? It used to be Chalk, and I am still in search of a replacement Best thing about the Shore? You can always find a parking spot Worst thing about the Shore? It’s too dark and quiet at night The perfect day is? Pilates, see both my kids off to school, walk to the AKD studio, finish with a family dinner and movie night
IN THE CITY
Your style is? Chic (with comfortable walking shoes) Can’t leave the house without? Sunglasses and my iPhone Transportation? Train in, then walk as much as possible Driving music? Interior design podcasts Place to eat? NoMI and Le Colonial. Great food and great views Shop? Robin Richman and p.45 Best thing about the City? Its liveliness and unlimited choices of great restaurants Worst thing about the City? Traffic The perfect day is? A long walk along the lake on a sunny day