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DESIGNING WOMEN | Dana Silver of Naperville


NAPERVILLE–Principal Designer, Dana Silver, holds degrees in Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising and a minor in Business. Her work at Desa Design Studio has garnered recognition through the International Interior Design Association’s RED Awards, as well as one of the top 100 success stories for The Art Institute's 100th Anniversary Celebration.

“One of my takeaways from the Fashion degree is the ability to curate wardrobes based around classic pieces and accessorizing with trendy pieces,” Dana says. “This is how I approach my Interior Design projects. Larger big ticket items are classic and will last ten plus years, while accessorizing with throw pillows or accent items that will be in style for five to eight years. These are easily changed out at that time and are not significant investments.”

Staying aware of top trends, you will see her incorporating accents with soft, rounded edges; waterfall edges on counters, consoles, and desks; overly textured items such as hair-on-hide, fringe and boucle fabrics; and layering of items from bunching tables, to accessories and artwork.

Dana works with hundreds of vendors enhancing residential and commercial client experiences, while working with her husband, Jason who she met on site as their preferred General Contractor. The pair have learned to set strict boundaries ensuring a work/life balance, including communicating business topics via an app, turning off notifications once dinner is served, and appreciating a packed social life to recharge.

In addition, Dana serves as the President of the Plainfield Junior Woman’s Club, and possesses a real estate license to fully understand her community and the local housing market values demonstrating respect for budgets, and securing strong relationships.