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Meet Milena

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. 

Milena Fay | Founder and Principal | Matte & Gloss Interiors

Testimonials

Testimonials | Matte & Gloss Interiors
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!

Lastly, this was our first experience doing any sort of remodeling/design work, and it was a learning process for us. The scope of the work was ever-evolving, and Milena was patient and respectful as we hemmed and hawed over what projects to undertake. She moved at our pace, which was sometimes a snail’s pace, and other times a “I need this done immediately” pace. When we thought something might be too onerous or costly to undertake, she always came prepared with an “easier” or more economical solution, and never pushed an idea on us. But, she never compromised on quality, and I’m thrilled with the end results.
It’s very satisfying to walk into our house and feel like the space truly reflects our (sometimes quirky) tastes, and not simply a page out of a design catalogue. Designing/decorating your home can be full of ups and downs, and she handled all of that with grace and practicality, and I look forward to working with her again!
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.

Services

Matte & Gloss delivers execellent results and has a strong passion for providing clients with unique ideas & perspectives that stands out. We will work closely with you to design spaces that bring wellness and comfort, yet still functional and practical. We pay attention to details and maximize our client's budget by finding high-quality thrift pieces, contractors and workrooms prioritizing quality work.

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Philosophy

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.

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There's no place like home
Life is busy and design decisions can be completely overwhelming. Our streamlined approach will take you from initial consultation, through the design presentation, to purchasing and installation. From the first meeting, we establish a process based on maximum trust and partnership, empowering clients to be confident in our ability to deliver results that exceed their expectations. We will help you avoid common costly mistakes. We will fullfill your needs and ensure you are at ease with our mutual decisions.

FULL-SERVICE DESIGN

Our full service design option allows you to sit back, relax and leave the heavy lifting to us. Matte & Gloss offers a complimentary meeting at your home to experience the space and discuss your scope of work, thoughts and needs. We'll listen carefully, so that we can provide a detailed project proposal that addresses your goals and dreams for your home, your lifestyle and priorities, with tailored budget options. Based on the initial consultation, Matte & Gloss prepares a design agreement that outlines the scope of services to be rendered. This agreement will be required to initiate a project as well as a retainer according to the size of the project. We bill weekly for our services rendered at the agreed upon hourly rate.

No fee/retainer is charged without your prior written consent. That's how partnership works at Matte & Gloss Interiors.

STYLING & ORNAMENTATION HANDS-ON DESIGN

Your Home. Your Furnishings. Only Better.

Feel happier! Add a new spark to your daily living jusy by making a few tiny changes and layering in accessories to tie all together.

This unique hands-on design package offers a flat design fee for those who want to achieve the same level of design they see in their design inspiration photos in three hours. A fun morning or afternoon consultation at your residence or virtually! Together, we look at what you have, and find ways to infuse more life into your interior. We then start by re-arranging what you already own and adding new accessories, if necessary, to transform and revive your space.

HOW IT WORKS:

A phone consultation and photos of the areas you wish to brush up is required. It's important to know in advance the areas we'll be working on. This speeds the process on the day we meet together. On the big day, we will already have a selection of accessory ideas for you to consider. This is no obligation to purchase anything. If you like what we bring to you, we can discuss budgets and further refinements. Also, together we can use one or two hours shopping at a nearby store or market or sourcing online.

At the end of our consultation your interior will be transformed and refreshed!

Book a free phone consultation for further details

OUR PROCESS

Consultation

Design

Build-Installation

Consultation

Meet and greet by phone, free of charge
Initial design consultation at your home to experience the space and discuss your scope of work, thoughts and needs.
Intake questionnaire
Management Agreement

Design

Creative design concepts & site measurements
Design development
Design presentation
Approvals and sign off
Subcontractor agreements
Product ordering, deposits & delivery timelines

Build-Installation

Site preparation & contractor scheduling
Build
Installation
Quality control
Resolve issues & Final Payments

Matte & Gloss introduces and recommends contrators based upon the scope of the project. The contractors provide a negotiated bid based on current market rates and project timeline. We evaluate and help you select the right professional for your needs. Matte & Gloss conducts pre- and post- construction meetings to ensure the design is executed as envisioned and the quality of work is at the highest levels.

Matte & Gloss oversees the actual furniture placement and ensures proper installation of art and accessories.
We will do a final walk through with the client addressing any final adjustments and ensuring that punch list items are completed.

I'm excited for this opportunity to transform your home!|

FOUR EASY QUESTIONS FOR A SUCCESSFUL FIRST MEETING: