Who we are

We are a multifaceted firm with various design experience ranging from hospitality, corporate, small business, investment properties and residential. The cross pollination of these experience allows us to bring unique perspective, sourcing and solutions to the table. We look at every project as an opportunity to establish a lasting relationship and create something new for that particular client. We are not interested in repeatedly putting any kind of branded workshop design studio stamp on your space. We are working with you toward a personally unique and memorable solution.


— Kaila Kirkpatrick Interior Designer & Founder —

Starting her design career in Chicago, Kaila graduated from Harrington College of Design and quickly accepted a job with a top Hospitality firm. Working on projects locally and abroad she collaboratively designed full scale hotel spaces including guestrooms, restaurants, casinos, resort areas, business spaces as well as as all of the custom fixtures and furnishing that go in them. Project locations vary from large urban centers, vacation destinations and everything in between. Finding the desire to work more closely with local urban clients, she founded theworKshop design studio in 2009. Understanding that Urban family living has a unique set of design demands, she thoughtfully implements design solutions that to stand up to every day life with kids, pets and entertaining yet still look great!

— Our Approach —

At the point in which we are invited to become your design partner, we will work with you to conceptualize, develop, customize and execute your vision. We want to take your overall idea, break it down into manageable parts and then pull together all the pieces into a cohesive, thoughtful and slightly unexpected solution. Our integrated approach to sustainability is not just in our material selections and construction strategies, but in empowering the clients. By demystifying design methodology, strategies and resources we can create a design solution that is a true collaboration.

— We love all design —

We love ALL design! From new construction projects with all of the possibilities, coordination, project management, budget development, and extensive decision making to smaller scale updates and refreshes. We understand the needs of Residential and Commercial projects for both owners and investors. We will work with you to create and customize a work plan and budget that meets your needs without sacrificing your vision. Repurposing, reinventing and reorganizing can all go a long way to help maximize impact without maxing out the budget.

— Professional Connections —

  • Best of Houzz.com 2016
  • Merchandise Mart Preferred Vendor recognition
  • LEED Accredited Professionals & USGCB members
  • Featured design work in Hospitality design publication
  • Harrington College of Design Alumni Board
  • Undergraduate & Masters level Educator
  • Networking Executive Women in Hospitality
  • Neighborhood Parenting Network of Chicago
  • Dwell Magazine design panelist
  • Design Harvest sponsor

— Project List —

  • Suburban
  • Judson Ave, Evanston
  • Sheridan Rd, Winnetka
  • Sheridan Rd (2), Winnetka
  • Forest Ave, Wilmette
  • Schiller Ct, Wilmette
  • Adams St, Glencoe
  • Franklin Ave, Glencoe
  • Vernon Ave, Glencoe
  • Grove St, Glencoe
  • Kent St, Kenilworth
  • Sterling Ave, Kenilworth
  • East Ave, Oak Park, IL
  • Keystone Ave, River Forest
  • Wilson Ave, Portage Park
  • Cyprus St, Arlington Height
  • Mitchell Ln, Lockport
  • Way Forest St, Venice, FL
  • City Single Family
  • Wayne Ave, Lincoln Park
  • Racine St, Lincoln Park
  • Marshfield Ave, Lincoln Park
  • Greenview Ave, Lakeview
  • Melrose Ave, Lakeview
  • Barry St, Lakeview
  • Claremont, Roscoe Village
  • Fletcher St, Roscoe Village
  • Fletcher St (2), Roscoe Village
  • Cuyler Ave, North Center
  • Maplewood Ave, North Center
  • Claremont, North Center
  • Oakley Ave, North Center
  • Warner Ave, North Center
  • Waveland Ave, Wrigleyville
  • Lakewood St, Wrigleyville
  • Bell Ave, Wicker Park
  • Kimball Ave, Wicker Park
  • Hamilton St, Lincoln Square
  • Oakley St, North Center
  • Wolcott St, Wicker Park
  • City High Rise & Townhomes
  • 18th St, South Loop
  • Michigan Ave, Gold Coast
  • LaSalle St, Gold Coast
  • Ada St, West Town
  • Rice St, Bucktown
  • Fullerton Ave, Lincoln Park
  • Kenmore, Lincoln Park
  • Hermitage Ave, Lakeview
  • Marine Drive, Lakeview
  • Grace St, Wrigleyville
  • Newport St, Southport Corridor
  • Wayne Ave, Edgewater

— Testimonials —

"Kaila from the workshop design studio is a great interior designer. She is smart, professional and a good listener. She really works closely with her clients to develop a plan and come up with an end result that they are happy with. She is great at space design and works within a budget in whatever way that works for the client - she can go pick things out for the home, go with the client to shop or let the client shop on their own based on the plans they put together. This makes her very easy to work with. Lastly, she is very invested in the project the entire time you are creating a design with her. I felt she was just as excited as I was with the end result. I highly recommend Kaila and would work with her over and over to re-design spaces in my home."

" Kaila and her office have great talent and professionalism. I have been so grateful for her help. Kaila has done most of the decorating in our house and kept me on track through the whole project. The outcomes of each room have our personality, are fresh and up to date, and look pulled together - yet not over decorated. In addition to Kaila's talented eye for color and style, she is very businesslike. She is incredibly organized and to the point. She doesn't waste any time and always helped me stay focused. I have recommended Kaila to many friends."

" I really enjoyed working with Kaila at theworKshop design studio. She listened to what I wanted and needed and was responsive. She opened my eyes to colors, designs, etc. that I never would have picked myself and made my home look much more interesting. I will continue to use her for future projects."

" Kaila was wonderful to work with on the interior design project within our home. From Day 1 she was able to execute on the overall vision I had in my head! She made our place sophisticated in a way that works for our lives with two kids and a dog. We redid our floors, our doors, window treatments, our two fireplaces and some furniture. It has made a tremendous difference in our home! I highly recommend Kaila for her responsiveness, her vision and execution."

" The worKshop design studio was amazing to work with! Our designer - Kaila Kirkpatrick - was wonderful and her overarching vision, plan, and implementation exceeded our expectations. We transformed several rooms in our home and Kaila's attention to detail across the board was exceptional. We highly recommend working with Kaila and the worKshop design studio."

" After recently moving to Chicago from Seattle I worked with Kaila at theworKshop design studio to turn my somewhat generic loft-style apartment in the south loop into a comfortable and unique home that completely expresses my personality and aesthetic. Kaila truly listens; she has a remarkable ability to hone in on what will work for my family and then suggest ideas and resources to make it happen. She is a patient and supportive guide through the design process. She is a dynamic professional who can take a client's half-expressed idea and turn it into an exciting and one-of-a-kind result. I recommend theworKshop design studio wholeheartedly."

" I have had the pleasure of working with Kaila for 4+ years. I am a colleague of Kaila's and I have firsthand experience seeing her put together her client's projects both with ease and care. Kaila is energetic and enthusiastic about her client's projects and will always give her client's an amazing space that is in budget, creative and well within the client's realm of style. I recommend Kaila to help you with your design needs."

" Kaila is a hands on interior designer with incredible design sensibilities and problem-solving skills. I have worked on a variety of projects with her over the years, and most recently a remodeling project of a painfully small bathroom in a vintage building with tons of challenges. Kaila's streamlined process and fantastic space saving ideas have saved us time, money, and have ultimately transformed a space that nearly caused us to sell our place, into one we are happy to start our days in each day. She really listens and knows how to distill your ideas into the design you've always wanted, but couldn't pull together yourself. She and her recommended vendors/contractors provided excellent service & communication along the way, and we are looking forward to using them all again in the future."

" The WorKshop design studio is wonderful! Kaila helped us choose paint colors and remodel a powder room and kitchen. She had also helped us design and choose new furniture for our family room. Highly recommend! "