Craft the life you've always wanted. Elegantly designed. Strikingly you.

Custom furnishings

Lavish every room with hand-selected pieces

One-of-a-kind spaces

Unique designs tailored to your family's needs

Exceptional designs

Bring elegance & beauty home
Closeup of the blue kitchen island
Transitional Style Kitchen

Living by design

Through dedicated discovery sessions, our designers study your personal taste and lifestyle–and integrate those elements to create a functional, one-of-a-kind space.


  • Conceptual designs for custom builds & remodels
  • Contract design services
  • Furniture & styling

Custom Furniture

Lavish every room with pieces that tell a story. Fill your home with materials and textures that complement your style and fit your budget.

Layered textures

Meet Our Design Team

Senior Interior Designer

Kristen Schammel

Kristen utilizes her extensive knowledge and experience in cultivating award winning spaces that integrate cutting edge and classic styles and trends into the vision of each individual project. Kristen’s ability to develop client relationships based on respect, trust, and confidence has been the key to her success as a designer. She enjoys exploration in balancing color, texture and lighting to bring these unique spaces and overall vision to life. Her knowledge of all phases of design and construction make her an invaluable resource in working with each associated expert throughout the design and build of every project.

Senior Interior Designer — Chicago

Kelly McDermott, CKBD

Designing a home is a very personal experience, which is why Kelly strives to make the process approachable, organized and fun. She is passionate about diving into the details and finds the problem solving aspect of design very rewarding. Her goal is to design functional and beautiful spaces that highlight each clients’ unique style and personality in their home.

Kelly’s work has received numerous awards and publications, including being named to the NKBA’s Thirty Under 30, Class of 2020. She is a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer and holds a BFA in Interior Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Originally from the Twin Cities, Kelly moved to Chicago after falling in love with the city’s unique architecture and historical charm. From the incredible art sprinkled throughout the city to the hot restaurant scene, there is never a lack of inspiration to be found. Kelly currently resides on Chicago’s west side with her German Shepherd puppy, Moose, and is proud to call the Windy City home.

Interior Designer

Christina Schumacher

Christina enjoys the variety of the technical and artistic aspects of interior design. From drafting a new interior floor plan to placing that perfect accessory on the shelf, she believes that every step is important and necessary. Her priority is not only to be a trusting guide to her clients but to keep the project organized and on track. One of her favorite parts of a project is selecting furnishings but the most rewarding is seeing how interior design improves her client’s lifestyles by transforming the spaces in which they live. While she appreciates that every client has a unique and different style, she would dreams about living in a classic, colonial home with thick molding, touches of eclecticism, and vibrant pops of color.

Interior Designer

Jen Zweber

Jen uses her exceptional organizational and communication skills to fully understand her client’s hopes and dreams for their spaces and guide them through the challenges and exciting milestones of the design process. Jen became an interior designer because she loves how spaces can make people feel. Creating interiors that are timeless, meaningful and livable are key aspects to a well-designed space. Jen loves to see the expression of joy on a client’s face when they experience their newly designed space. Jen and her husband have twin teenagers and a dog named Lola that keep them busy. Jen enjoys cheering on her son and daughter at their sporting events in her spare time. She also loves to travel and spend time on the lake.

Interior Designer

Samantha Schmitt

With every project presenting new opportunities and challenges, Sam loves to find creative and unique ways to bring function to each space. Creating great communication and reliability are two things she strives to provide each of her clients to ensure a fun and exciting process. Sam’s favorite part of her role is being able to design projects of all different styles. Adding elements to reflect her clients personality, whether it be in accessories, light fixtures, or materials, are essential to each project, and her goal is to help her clients find the perfect pieces to make their space feel like home.

About Ruby+Suede

Ruby+Suede is a design studio with services ranging from conceptual designs for custom homes to furnishings for existing spaces.

Launched in the Spring of 2020 as an independent design studio, Ruby+Suede comes to market with 17 years of experience crafting award-winning designs for south-metro home builder, Highmark. Ruby+Suede’s most recent design was recognized as the 2020 Regional Contractor of the Year.