Milena Fay is the founder and principal of Matte & Gloss Interiors. She embraces the concept of relaxed luxury, diversity and globally inspired interiors. Her aesthetics and vision for designing reflect an adventurous 22 year journey living and working in Asia combined with her deep knowledge of Latin influences.
Moving eight times within Asia has allowed Milena to become an Oriental style connoisseur who has developed an extensive knowledge of Chinese history, textiles and furniture. Along the way, she cultivated experiences and relationships with contemporary local artists in Asia and beyond. She expanded her passion for fabrics, and rare accessories.
Finding solutions and engaging with clients in a collaborative relationship is what she does best. Working with quality, dependable contractors and delivering on-time and on-budget is her vocation.
Milena is passionate about creating eclectic spaces with color that are timeless and distinctive. Her goal is to create a hassle-free experience from start to end giving the client a sense of ease and close collaboration for successful results.
GLENVIEW, S.S. IL.We worked with Milena to refresh our lighting fixtures, décor, wall paint, wallpaper, carpet and cabinets, and hope to continue working with her in the future for “Phase 2”! I loved working with Milena and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an interior designer who brings creativity and ideas but also listens to what you want. First and foremost:
• Milena is warm, professional, trustworthy, transparent and timely.
• She understands that this is your home, and the design has to fit your style and functionality.
• She is solutions-oriented—she will find a way to get you want you want—without compromising quality or breaking the bank.
• She will take your ideas and transform them into something that is even better than you imagined!
WINNETKA, L.B. IL.Milena helped us redecorate our foyer and family room. She was a pleasure to work with. She was on top of everything and so timely. We had a flood and we were overwhelmed with everything that needed to be done. She came in and took over everything. She basically was like a general contractor and decorator. She has amazing contractors that she works with and they were high quality and professional. She also has exquisite taste and gently guided us. She doesn’t go for the most expensive pieces and stayed within our budget. I have worked with many decorators over the years and she was by far the best! Can’t say enough good things about her.
CHICAGO, CS., IL.Milena worked with us to complete a renovation of two bathrooms and the hallway linking the two areas, as well as repainting our apartment. We were unsure how to proceed when starting, but Milena was able to step in and helped us tremendously. She understood what we wanted and created a design that made both of us happy. Milena took the time to listen to us and get to know our concerns. She respected our budget, considered the overall design of our apartment, and spent a lot of time exploring our tastes to find elements that feel personal for us. She worked closely with the suppliers and contractor to make sure everything came together on schedule and that we were able to live through the renovations with as little disruption as possible. We are very pleased with the results!”
GOLD COAST, CS., IL.We have just completed a renovation of our master bedroom, master bathroom, laundry room, office and hallways of our condo. It was a major project replacing wood floors with marble, gutting the bathroom, adding lighting, and redesigning the laundry room to make it more functional. Milena Fay of Matte&Gloss elevated these spaces into a peaceful oasis for us. She designed and oversaw the project from beginning to end not easy with the pandemic lockdown and supply delays with a smile and assurance that all would be fine. Milena was so comfortable to work with and understood our vision to guide us in the myriad of choices required for such a project, as well as making sure everything flowed well to existing rooms in the condo. After the contractors were done, she found beautiful and reasonably priced rugs and other accents to bring our new rooms to life. We were in good hands and are delighted with the results!
LONG GROVE, Q.G. de Cantu, IL.Me encanto trabajar con Milena Fay. Tenía meses queriendo retapizar las sillas de mi comedor; Milena me simplifico todo el proceso, desde seleccionar las telas hasta mandarlas con la persona correcta. Las sillas quedaron divinas.
I believe in the power of beautiful design to bring about joy. Matte & Gloss Interiors practices a philosophy balancing aesthetics and practicality for comfortable spaces. I am passionate about creating classic and eclectic spaces with color, finding unique accessory options that are timeless, distinctive, and reflect my clients’ polished lifestyles. I take great pride in creating one-of-a-kind interiors that are interesting, artful, and inviting while consistently delivering results on time and on budget.