Gemma Parker-McKeon is the founder and principal of Gemma Parker Design, LLC, a full-service interior design firm specializing in residential commissions. The firm is based in both the Chicago area and Northern Michigan but designs projects nationwide. Prior to founding Gemma Parker Design, Gemma spent over eight years at Lichten Craig and was the Director of Interiors for their New York and Chicago offices. Drawing on over seventeen years of professional design experience, Gemma’s understanding of architecture, textiles, style and scale creates unique, liveable and luxurious interiors. These talents coupled with her precise and rigorous project management creates beautifully designed and orchestrated projects that focus on impeccable quality from concept to turnkey installation. Gemma’s focus is always on collaborative relationships and a highly personalized approach with clients both old and new – delivering projects that reflect their personalities and their lifestyles.
Born in Switzerland and raised between Hong Kong, London, and the United States, Gemma’s work has a strong global influence and perspective. Gemma’s unique opportunities during adolescence were punctuated by diverse yet complimentary academic opportunities and pursuits: studying psychology, communication, culinary, and interior design through respected higher education institutions ranging from Michigan State University to niche and noteworthy institutions including Inchbald School of Design in London, England as well as Leiths School of Food & Wine in London, England and Harrington Design School in Chicago, IL.
Gemma’s love for design and creating emotive environments is centered around her passion for family, friends and travel. She is fortunate enough to work side by side with her husband, Stephen McKeon, and they enjoy spending time with their two children and traveling the world together.
Gemma’s work has been consistently awarded design industry excellence awards, such as being honored with the “Ones to Watch” award from the Merchandise Mart in 2013, as well as numerous ASID Awards, Best of City/Design honors from Modern Luxury Interiors magazine along with being noted on the Gold List for Luxe Magazine. The firm has also been awarded Best of Houzz in both Design and Service every year since the firm was founded.
The goal of each project is to provide timeless spaces that feel relevant, functional, comfortable, and luxuriously livable where families will create long-lasting memories. Each project is designed with Gemma Parker-McKeon as the lead designer for each project, ensuring a boutique and intimate approach. Her emphasis is always on the details which ensures each step in the design and project management receives the thoughtful attention required to deliver each project specific to the client’s goals.
Although each project is unique, the breadth of service remains the same. We provide interior design services where we create luxurious, timeless and comfortable spaces for each client’s specific needs. Whether it is a new construction, renovation or a full furnishings project, our team is here to provide meticulous attention to detail, excellent client service and beautifully finished spaces.