Owner Leeann Heininger fulfilled a life-long dream when she opened her first interior design studio in 2002. Today, Fringe is located on beautifully restored Marion Street in historic downtown Oak Park, Illinois. With more than 25 years of design experience, Leeann has worked successfully with a broad range of clients in the Chicagoland area and surrounding states.
Leeann started her career at the Northern Trust Company, where she worked for 17 years. During her tenure she oversaw the overall design of their corporate office and executive suites. In addition, she was responsible for the project management and development of their new banking facilities in Chicago, Florida and California and served as curator for Northern’s multi-million dollar art collection.
Leeann is a graduate of Purdue University’s design school, with an emphasis on building design and construction. An Oak Park resident, Leeann is the mother of three busy children. She is an member of the Infant Welfare Society of Oak Park/River Forest and has designed several distinguished rooms for their annual Designer Showcase Houses.
She has worked in many of the area’s architecturally significant homes, including those designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, George Maher and E. E. Roberts.
“I use a refreshing, non-intimidating approach when working with my clients, so they can have a fun and enjoyable experience. I have the unique ability to interpret my client’s personalities and desires. The knowledge I gather from them is translated into tailored designs that reflect their individual lifestyles.”