Brianne Bishop first dreamed of being an interior designer when she was in second grade. “I used to take my parents’ shelter magazines, rip out pages of rooms that I liked and glue them to poster board as if they were floor plans,” she recalls.
This April, Michigan-born Bishop will celebrate 10 years in business with her eponymous Chicago interior design firm—and while a lot has changed since then, much has stayed the same, too. Case in point: The first project she designed was her own black and white bedroom at age 11, and she admits to still loving that color scheme today.
She and her husband are currently restoring a 140-year-old, three-level flat in West Town in an area many local interior designers have dubbed the Grand Design District. When she’s not working on her own projects, she loves playing with texture, contrast and scale to create dimension in clients’ homes. Artwork is one of her favorite ways to bring these into a room—and here, she shares with Luxe three local artists who help her accomplish this.
“I consider him a dear friend,” says Bishop of Dean. “He had pieces of wood burned and preserved, and you hang them on the wall as sculpture. His art spoke to me more than any art I’ve seen in a long time.” imadeyoureadthis.com
“We joke that we were separated at birth,” says Bishop, who bought one of Turk’s mixed-medium pieces containing an underlying poem about the future for her daughter’s second birthday. “When I purchase art I want to feel something from it, and Francine’s art does that for me.” francineturk.com
Her first role is an art therapist, but Raskey’s incredible talent is her side business; she and her husband recently launched a lighting line as well. “She’s very innovative,” Bishop says. “I love her use of color.” sarahraskey.com