Online Collaborations and In-Home Consultations

Posted by Sara & Amy

First of all, we want to thank you all for your overwhelming support in this venture.  We couldn't do this without you (literally, we'd have no spaces to design!). We've been asked more than a few times about the services we offer so we thought we'd summarize in a blog post.  

In addition to standard full service interior design, we also offer some not-so-standard services. These are in-home consultations and online collaborations. For an inside look at how it works, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions.   


Q: Who is right for a consultation/collaboration?

A:  In-home and online consults are great for clients who would like insight and advice from interior designers, but feel comfortable executing the design on their own.  Successful design is all about collaboration; sometimes you just need to hear ideas to get your own design juices flowing.


Q: How much does a consultation cost?

A: In-home and online consultations are a flat rate of $250. For in-home consultations, this affords you two hours.  For online collaborations, this is dependent on scope. 


Q: Where will you go for in-home consultations?

A: All in-home consultations are in Chicago or the Chicago area.  


Q: What happens during the in-home consultation?

A: Sara conducts all in-home consultations.  She start with a tour of your space and then discuss the specific design challenges and goals you'd like to focus on.  Suggestions include ideas for arranging existing furniture, finding additional pieces for your space, choosing paint colors and fabric patterns, displaying art, and selecting window treatments.  You let us know what you hope to get out of our time together!


Q: What is included in the online collaborations?

A: Like our in-home consultations, online collaborations are driven by you. You decide what you need help with, send us photos of the room(s) and any inspiration images you come across. We will set up a Skype session to discuss your project and will follow up by email with ideas for key furniture pieces, paint colors, etc. If you'd like further design services, we can develop mood boards and tear sheets for an additional cost.


Q: Will you come back for repeat in-home visits or multiple online collaborations?

A:  Yes!  We love watching a space transform and getting to see a project through to completion.


Q: How should I prepare?

A: Please provide a few pictures of the room(s), inspiration images, and define your goals for the space.


Q: I want in!  How to I sign up?

A: We can't wait to work with you!  You can email us directly at or contact us through the website here.


Q: What does a finished room design look like?

A:  Below is an example of a finished mood board for clients' "Nantucket without the Whales" (Gild & Wit working title) dining room.  For this room we chose all furniture, paint colors, window treatments as well as designed custom built-ins and millwork.  Along with the mood board the finished design includes room drawings, layouts, and tear sheets for all furniture.  This online collaboration was so much fun and we are so thrilled that the clients' love the results!

Yay Fall! (Officially Plaid Season)

Posted by Amy

True love transcends all obstacles: time, distance and airlines. Sara and I know this because we have been in perfect best friend love since elementary school. We now live in a wonderful city just, sadly, not the same city. I’m in Chicago, she’s in Boston. Long distance is no reason to give up on a relationship. We make it work with endless texts, phone calls, trips back and forth. Somehow our husbands understand or at least accept that ours is a love that shall not be denied.

In order to kick off Gild & Wit the right way, I flew out to Boston. After taking care of some business, we got to enjoy a gorgeous fall weekend. New England has got this whole autumn thing down pat. The leaves were turning, the air was crisp, cobblestones were shining in the sun. The Boston PD declared it an actual crime to walk down the street without a cup of hot spiced cider. It’s true. I would not lie.

Our elementary school beginnings and this perfect autumn weekend are the inspiration for Gild & Wit’s first design post. No better way to go back to school than with supersoft plaid, vintage Pendleton, and nerdy prints. Plus, a fluffy rug to bury your toes in while sipping your legally mandated hot cider.

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Masinissa Hand Knotted Rug

  2. Paulette Rollo Lambswool Throw  

  3. Blue Art Studio "Eye Exam" Poster

  4. Vityaz Soviet Desk Clock

  5. Old Fashioned Globes

  6. Vintage Midcentury Chair with Pendleton Cushion

  7. Thirty Drawer Oak Library Card Catalog File      


I’m pretty obsessed with everything on that moodboard. It doesn’t quite capture my overwhelming love of plaid, though. Common design sense says you can’t vomit plaid all over every surface of a room so instead, I leave you with a few more fabulous finds. I also leave you with a burning question: If old Scottish families have proprietary clan tartans, can I too have a signature plaid? Just for me.

Schoolhouse Electric Lenox Bench  Typically I'd try not to post two items from the same source but obvi, I had no choice.  Also, wallpaper.

Schoolhouse Electric Lenox Bench Typically I'd try not to post two items from the same source but obvi, I had no choice.  Also, wallpaper.

Vivienne Westwood "Fire" Rug   I can say no more.  Ms Westwood kills me.

Vivienne Westwood "Fire" Rug I can say no more.  Ms Westwood kills me.

If you'd like to work with us to create a home that you love, email us directly at or contact us through the website here.