Meet Kristen Handtke


Kirsten is a recent graduate with dual degrees in Interior Design and Visual Arts from Bethel College. Kristen is excited to design for Smithe clients, and believes Walter E. Smithe’s, “You Dream it, We Build it” motto allows clients to choose furniture, fabrics, and finishes that will be unique, yet functional and compatible with their lifestyle. Kristen also enjoys that every person coming in wants something different and has a unique style, that no two spaces will be alike. Let Kristen’s passion for design and talented eye work for you!  Contact her today at 630-581-4697 or email






Rachel Ray for Walter E. Smithe

We are so pleased to be able to announce our new line by Rachel Ray from Legacy Classics furniture. Our merchandising team has mixed up the line-up with bold flavors of color like spicy paprikas, as well as mouth-watering accents!

Featured pieces our designers love so far:

Kitchen island, with top part that opens to throw away food scraps during prep:



Highline Dining Set – Stylish and trendy with its greyed finish and linen upholstery, including this amazing table!




Panel bed



Shelter Bed


This dog bed – I mean, really – how cute!


Bunching Display Cabinets



Chicago Life

MaureenMaureen Smithe, a buyer for Walter E. Smithe furniture stores has quickly become a style icon in her own right. A fixture in the design rooms at Walter E. Smithe, Maureen’s buying decisions have come to identify the Smithe brand for a new generation of furniture buyers in Chicago and beyond. Recently, Maureen was asked to contribute to a Chicago Life story on living rooms versus great rooms.


the great room

We couldn’t be prouder of Maureen and the entire buying and design staff at Walter E. Smithe for their tireless contributions to style, design and Chicago itself!

Raise the Bar – The Jeff Lewis Jet Set Bar Cart



A simple and elegant homage to the past, Bar Carts bring the flavor of class and hollywood to your dining room. Beautiful and elegant, the Jet Set Bar Cart is the perfect accessory to theThe Bilboquet Sectional grouping from Walter E. Smithe. Comfortable, casual, and family friendly – but with the “wow” factor of metallic accents such as the gorgeous etageres!wes-34 - copy



Check out all of the Bar Carts available from Walter E. Smithe

Meet Talea Bloom


Walter E. Smithe  is proud to have Talea Bloom on our design team! Talea has been a member of the Smithe team since 2006, and a designer since 1995. After receiving her certification form the Arizona School of Interior Design, Talea worked in the design field doing various jobs from color consultations for residences and businesses, owning her own faux finishing company, to retail at various small design boutiques. Talea’s unique style and strong work ethic make her a favorite of clients and co-workers alike. Thanks for everything you do Talea!

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All That Glitters is Not Always Gold!

We have a lot of great copper pieces to pick from here at Walter E. Smithe! Copper is HOT right now and pairs well with greys, neutrals and blues.

9857Admiral Pendant – $839

Whether its above a kitchen island, bar, or table, these industrial pendant lights add just the right amount of charm.


Zhana Metal Side Table – $479

Hand forged metal featuring an artisan copper finish and textured patina, paired with antique mirror.


Sameya Copper Accent Table – $559

With its smooth, oxidized copper finish and playful shape, this makes for the perfect accent piece!


Barnstead Light – $150

An antique copper finish adds a sleek look to this classic pendant.

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Round Hammered Copper Cocktail – $415

The perfect textured centerpiece to any family room


Sanctuary Round Copper Dining Table – $3,775

Rustic copper top and antique Hickory wood base creates a serene look for your personal sanctuary.


Copper Top Work Table – $389

This table is small yet mighty – perfect for a chairside table or laptop work space, it is beautiful and functional!

Flipping Out Premieres Today!


Jeff Lewis’ Flipping Out premieres tonight on Bravo! (10/9c)

The folks here at Walter E. Smithe Furniture are super excited to watch our friend Jeff tonight as this season kicks off!

We’d like to drop a little hint…

Stay tuned to the show this season to see Walter E Smithe Furniture and some of our employees featured on the show, especially in August!

Would you like to have a chance to have Jeff and his team design your next dream room? We have a special promotion for fans of Jeff Lewis who are planning an upcoming project in their homes – Check out our “Work with Jeff” page and tell us a bit about your project!



Meet Eliza Diederich


Eliza Diederich studied Graphic Design at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis before joining the team at Walter E Smithe Furniture + Design. Eliza believes that all design starts with the same fundamentals; color, balance and scale. The difference between graphic and interior is the personal interaction. Eliza loves traveling to client’s homes, getting to know their families and coming up with a room that suits their needs.

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Check out Eliza Diederich’s Designer Page.