I was so pleased to receive an email from Summer Thornton the other day, because she is an interior designer from Chicago who has a fantastic portfolio I was dying to post photos from. Her firm, Summer Thornton Design, was “established to make the design process unpretentious, fun and fresh. Mixing high and low, rough and polished, classic and irreverent, her designs utilize contrast to engage the senses.” The majority of her work is focused on urban condos with moderate budgets. She tries to take a relaxed approach to design that is simple but still has elements of luxury. That ideal makes such incredibly appealing spaces.