How two Chicago photographers used our DIY products to turn a dream in – Design It Yourself | Custom Furniture

Michelle and Robyn Lytle, wedding photographers from Chicago, IL, share their passion for photography and their lives together. 

After 13 years in the photography business, the Lytle's decided it was time to give their business an event space of its own. 

Between finding a location, negotiating the purchase, and designing and funding the space, it took about two and half years to bring their dream to fruition.

When it came to designing the interior they had two priorities: the space needed be fully custom, and very sturdy. 

That's where we come in.

Michelle reached out to our owner, Donnie Criswell, and was quickly able to settle on exactly what was needed to create the strong, custom space that she had imagined. 


Michelle and Donnie ultimately decided the Standard chair frames and Parsons table bases would provide both sturdiness and style to complement their chic, contemporary space in the heart of Edgewater, Chicago. 

With the chair frames and table bases taken care of by Design IY, Michelle and Robyn teamed up with a local woodworker and local upholstery to turn the bases into beautifully custom pieces of furniture. 

As a very special touch, Michelle ordered coins engraved with their logo to embed in the chair backs and table top corners. 


The Lytle's now have a perfectly unique brick and mortar store and a special place to watch their business and family grow. Check out Michelle and Robyn on their website to see more photos of their gorgeous space and their photography work. 



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