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Meet Jamie Schachtel of Jamie Schachtel Design/Build in North Shore

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jame Schachtel.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Originally, I was a clothing designer. My collection was high end women evening dresses. We dressed Oprah, Rita Moreno, Judith Light to name a few. From there, I acquired high end children and baby store named Bellini at 2001 N. Halted. We carried a beautiful line of Italian children’s and baby furniture. I designed all the bedding, window treatment, wall treatment and furniture layouts for my clients. We even designed a room for Michelle Obama daughter’s room. After we installed these gorgeous nurseries and kids rooms, the clients hired me to the master bedroom and eventually the rest of the house. My daughter, Danielle Yucht (who grew up surrounded by fabrics and design) opened Jamie Schachtel design-build group in Highland Park. We have a beautiful showroom/library where all our clients come to make selections and touch and feel the items they are selecting. We are virtually one-stop design. We have everything under one roof, fabrics, tile, cabinet doors, countertops and so much more. Our clients can see their rooms come to life with 3-d drawings and design boards. We design homes from the ground up, remodeling new kitchens, baths and any room. We also take a very tired room and bring it to life. I love working closely with all my clients to create a beautiful happy space for them to enjoy. The most important factor is the process is it ” should be fun”! Myself and my team pride ourselves on top-notch Concierge design services for our clients in Chicago, Northshore, and around the country in some cases! Love what I get to wake up everyday do!

Has it been a smooth road?
What’s wonderful about the design business is, if something is not quite what our clients or we envisioned (which can easily tweak or modify).

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We design/build homes, rooms for wonderful clients. Lately, we are doing more remodeling than ever. We are an A to Z firm. We have our preferred contractors we will hire and oversee to fit the job. We have ALL the selections in our showroom/library. Our clients come and relax while we show them selections we feel works for their project. We ask a lot of questions prior to our visit. How they plan on using the space, do they have kids, and or dogs. Are they more casual and comfy or more serious and glam? We talk about the budget and what is realistic to achieve what they are going for. Once we make the final selections and 3-d drawings, we order all materials and set a start date. We oversee the project from start to finish down to the last accessory!

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I absolutely love Chicago! I was born and raised here but have traveled a lot in this country and abroad and still feel this is the best city in the world! It’s a friendly clean and manageable big city! There is so much opportunity to start a business here and be able to sustain it. Even though it’s a big city, I feel it’s so much about community and opportunities. In the design field, we have a lot of sources so close.

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