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About Us

Studio Gild is an interior design firm co-founded by Melissa Benham, Jennie Bishop and Kristen Ekeland. With a shared love of clean architecture and subtle beauty, the design collective draws on its principals’ experience in residential, hospitality, retail and commercial design to deliver elevated interiors, foster unique collaborations with artisans and maintain strong client relationships. Having begun their interior design careers in New York City working for industry luminaries André Balazs, Clodagh, Thom Filicia, S. Russell Groves and Ralph Lauren, the trio eventually met in Chicago while working at Kara Mann Design and Simeone Deary Design Group. Drawing inspiration from fashion, art and architecture, Studio Gild infuses each project with a touch of sophisticated whimsy and endless style. Gilding each project with a fine layer of thoughtful detail is Studio Gild’s trademark—resulting in environments that are curated, provocative and timeless.

Services Provided

Art Selection, Basement Design, Bedroom Design, Closet Design, Color Consulting, Custom Bathroom Vanities, Custom Beds, Custom Blinds & Shades, Custom Bookcases, Custom Built-ins, Custom Cabinets, Custom Entertainment Centers, Custom Furniture, Custom Home Bars, Custom Kitchen Cabinets, Custom Shelving, Custom Table, Custom Walk-in Closets, Dining Room Design, Drafting, Entry Design, Floor Plans, Furniture Selection, Guesthouse Design & Construction, Historic Building Conservation, Home Office Design, House Plans, Interior Design, Kids Bedroom Design, Kitchen Design, Laundry Room Design, Lighting Design, Living Room Design, Mudroom Design, Nursery Design, Outdoor Kitchen Design, Playroom Design, Project Management, Space Planning, Sunroom Design & Construction, Sustainable Design, Wine Cellar Design

Areas Served

Chicago, Chicago Suburbs, Los Angeles, New York, Denver, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Austin, Wisconsin, Mighigan


Named “Ones to Watch” by Architectural Digest and Best in Design by Modern Luxury CS and Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago.

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15 Projects

Lake Forest, IL

2020 Lake Forest Showhouse + Gardens

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Studio Gild
Chicago + Los Angeles 60647
Typical Job Cost $200,000 - 3 million