Follow Along With This Chicago Designer’s Friday Routine


Portrait of designer Nicholas Moriarty against a wet bar with a blue backsplash

Since 2008, interior designer Nicholas Moriarty, founder of Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, has been involved with the industry charity Designs for Dignity. The organization brings together design professionals to create functional and beautiful spaces for non-profits. “I’m inspired by what they do,” he says. “It’s important to support an organization that uses the power of design to help people in need.” Moriarty is co-chairing Spirit of Design, the organization’s signature annual benefit, at Theater on the Lake on May 17. Luxe caught up with the busy designer to see how he balances running a thriving business, giving back and even squeezing in some self-care.

Edie's Cafe has a seating area with rattan chairs, a brown leather sofa and pink accent tables


Brick wall with sign advertising Theater on the Lake suggested by Nicholas Moriarty


Scavolini showroom featuring a white kitchen island and wood cabinetry mentioned by Nicholas Moriarty


8 a.m. Friday morning cycling class is part of my weekly routine. That’s when Josh Grabowski, an associate designer at Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, leads a spin class at Equinox. I may be biased, but I think he’s the best cycling instructor in the city.

10 a.m. Edie’s All Day Café & Bar is one of my favorite places to grab breakfast and coffee with fellow designers, especially when it’s nice enough to sit outside. It’s so important to stay connected with people in our industry.

12 p.m. Spirit of Design is fast approaching, so co-chair Michael Abrams and I are meeting with the amazing Tom Kehoe for a site review at Theater on the Lake. We’ll be going over all the details including the decor, table placement, furniture and bar setup.

2 p.m. Alisha Serras, one of the owners of the Scavolini showroom at The Mart, is also a good friend. We’ve designed a lot of kitchens together for our clients, and today I’m dropping by the showroom to talk about an upcoming project.

4 p.m. Back at our office in Ukrainian Village, we have a client meeting. I’ve set up our space to be a working atelier like The Future Perfect in New York. We have beautiful stone supplied by Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies, bath fixtures by Robern and kitchen cabinetry by Scavolini. I like to have clients come by the office and see how everything looks when it’s all put together.

6 p.m. My last meeting of the day is at a client’s home where I’m meeting Laura Lester, an art consultant whom I’ve gotten to know over the last couple of years. I love working with her. Art is a huge part of what we do for clients, and Laura is a terrific person to know.