Larry PhotoWHO... Larry Zimmer, assoc. AIA, a 36-year
veteran of Chicago’s architecture and interior
design community, is the principal of No Place
Like Home (NPLH). With a BS in Architectural
Studies from the U of I, Champaign-Urbana
(1979), he was an associate with VOA
Associates (1979-1986) and GFID, Ltd
(1986-1991) before starting NPLH, INC in 1991. He has been an
environmental advocate since high school.

WHAT... What distinguishes NPLH from most other
designers or decorators is education, training, and experience in
architecture. The most successful design projects are the result
of not just a well qualified team and good communication, but a
seamless merging of the architectural hardware (structural shell,
mechanical and electrical systems, lighting, audio-video, etc.)
with the decorative software (furnishings, floor, wall and window
coverings, art and accessories, etc.). This is NPLH’s strength –
the ability to work efficiently and creatively in both arenas.
Additionally, whether it’s a studio apartment or a 12,000sf house,
from the master plan to the smallest detail, it’s about NPLH giving
its best in the service of each client. A long roster of satisfied
clients and the new client referrals they send has sustained
NPLH for the past 24 years.

WHERE... NPLH services clients throughout metropolitan
Chicago including its north, south, and west suburbs. It also
serves the beach and rural communities of northern Indiana and
southwestern Michigan.

WHY... Because NPLH is passionate about and excels at
what it does: helping people create that unique place called home
regardless of style, personal preferences or budget. NPLH
does not have a signature ‘look’ — the PROJECT GALLERY
demonstrates this.

WHEN... By appointment.

HOW... Whether it is one room or an entire house, the initial
interview, one hour walk-through, and project overview is complementary. NPLH and the client then agree to work together on either a pay-as-you-go consultation basis or, for larger projects, a contract and retainer basis.

    Portrait: Richard Hellyer

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