Designer Spotlight | Chad Esslinger Design

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The work of an interior designer isn’t all glamour and throw pillows. Sourcing, planning and coordinating multiple projects takes time and dedication. But for Chicago based designer Chad Esslinger, the work is so much more than just a job – it’s his passion.

With a love for all things design, from interiors to architecture to landscape to product development, Chad began his formal design education as an architecture student before realizing he wanted to focus on home décor products and interior design. He graduated with a degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois and spent the next 20 years designing and developing products for the world’s leading wholesalers, retailers and manufactures. In 2011, he started Chad Esslinger Design, a full-service design company focusing on residential interior, design, decorating and remodeling as well as design and development of home decor products.

Why does Chad choose Caesarstone quartz for so many of his projects? “The colors and designs are perfect for today's modern, rustic, transitional, and traditional kitchens. The styles are trend-right but not ‘trendy’ and will stand the test of time.”

Image: Life Lens and Love Photography | 4004 Raw Concrete and 4001 Fresh Concrete

Perhaps one of our favorite projects from Chad is this modern and classic kitchen. Simple details come together to make this a one-of-a-kind bright and lovely space.

With white perimeter cabinetry, white square tiles and unique stained wood details, this kitchen was the perfect contender for two-tone countertops – Raw Concrete for the perimeter and peninsula and Fresh Concrete on the island.

5000 London Grey

If this kitchen looks familiar, it’s because you just might have seen it before - on HGTV’s House Hunters Renovation. The 100-year old home got an open concept facelift with a modern farmhouse touch.

5000 London Grey

The clients wanted to go with dark stained cabinets and London Grey paired perfectly by adding contrast and beauty.

5000 London Grey

A “Case of the Mondays” is impossible with a custom home office like this! Chad chose London Grey for the desk surfaces in this space because of its durability and beauty, describing it as “the perfect soft warm grey.”

Image: Picture Perfect House | 4001 Fresh Concrete

A Fresh Concrete perimeter countertop was the obvious choice in this ranch style kitchen, complementing the marble hexagon backsplash tile and rustic wood floating shelves.

“I love flip flopping cabinet and countertop finishes. This is one of my favorite kitchen projects, with white cabinetry and a Sleek Concrete countertop perimeter,” shares Chad.

 4001 Fresh Concrete

Both modern and rustic, Chad chose Fresh Concrete on the perimeter of this kitchen to contrast the white cabinets and the beautifully refined jumbo slab of London Grey to finish off the huge island.

5000 London Grey

Not only does the island seat six, it also houses a drawer microwave, beverage fridge, double trash bin and additional storage.

The only question we have before we wrap this up is, “When can we come over?”


For more Designer Spotlights: Brown Design Group | Snug Kitchens

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