North Shore Illinois full service interior design firm Melinda Cahill and Suzanne Glavin

Melinda Cahill & Suzanne Glavin

We began North Shore Nest in 2004 from our basements in Glenview.  Prior to launching, we were doing design projects on the side for family and friends while we worked our full time careers.  When the market crashed, we made the decision to launch North Shore Nest full time, and we have spent the last fifteen years designing spaces for working professionals and young families along the North Shore.  

Our shared passion for great design paired with sensibility allows us to transform interiors into warm, livable spaces that stand the test of time. By taking a fresh updated approach to traditional styling and building rooms with layers, we are able to provide depth and individuality allowing our clients to live beautifully everyday. 

We are based in Glenview Illinois, servicing the Chicago area and surrounding suburbs, and we are currently working on several projects in Wisconsin. We enjoy the diversity and learning opportunities offered by working in communities other than our own.

About Us


Melinda Cahill

"If you had seen my college dorm room, complete with custom curtains and coordinating pillows and bedding, you would have known that a future in interior design was ahead of me. 

After receiving my business degree, I went on to do corporate sales only to find myself designing rooms for friends and family. When Suzanne and I met after college, we hit it off instantly and began to dream of the day we would start our design firm. In 2004, the opportunity presented itself, and that is when North Shore Nest began. 

My favorite part of designing spaces is the fabrics. I love to layer and blend a home to give it warmth and style.

When I'm not in the studio, you can find me head deep in interior design magazines and fashion blogs, spending time with my husband and three children, or traveling with my friends and family. "

~Melinda Cahill


Suzanne Glavin

"I think my family knew before I did that interior design was in my future. From arranging and rearranging my childhood bedroom to building and designing a pretty incredible doll house (to this day, it's still a work in progress), interior design has been in my bones since a very young age. 

My degree in psychology allows me to intuitively create spaces for our clients that meet the needs of their family and nurture their souls. My specialty within our firm is space planning and designing custom furniture and built ins for our clients. I especially enjoy finding solutions to challenging design dilemmas and helping our clients live their best lives.

When I'm not in the studio, you can find me exercising, spending time with my husband and three children, and taking care of those around me. "

~Suzanne Glavin

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