Founded by Mandy Madsen and Carol Madsen, Madsen Home & Garden is an interior and exterior design firm serving Park Ridge, Arlington Heights, Chicago and its suburbs. We offer comprehensive design that includes Interior Color & Style, Exterior Home Makeovers and Landscape Design. Madsen Home & Garden specializes in creating classic, livable spaces that suit our client's lifestyles and maintain their appeal throughout every season. We respect the integrity of each space's architecture and uniqueness while updating it with fresh color, affordable style, and beautiful landscaping.
We maximize your property's potential and create spaces that people truly love.
Interior & Exterior Designer
Mandy grew up in Park Ridge and has come to fully appreciate it for the vibrant, beautiful and unique city that it is after living in Madison, Rome, Italy, and Lincoln Park. There's nothing like the gift of being able to press the 'easy button' and having a lifestyle and amenities that support family life the way Park Ridge (and Arlington Heights) do.
Before becoming a Certified Color Consultant and Home Stylist, Mandy taught English as a Second Language at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago and at the Italian Parliament in Rome. While living in Rome, her love of beautiful aesthetics, color and classic design was solidified along with the importance of creating living environments that promote work-life balance, a focus on family and multi-sensory details that promote wellbeing and enjoyment.
In 2012, she began designing and styling homes that have sold at an impressive 97-100% of list price. In addition to beautifying the Chicago suburbs with her Exterior Home Makeovers, she does interior design + color consulting and styled-to-sell consultations.
When she's not designing, Mandy's adventuring outdoors with friends, cooking for her family and enjoying every minute of suburban mom life.
You can see Mandy's interior work at mandymadsen.com.
After growing 4 children of her own and completing a 27 year career as a United Airlines flight attendant, Carol completed her degree in Landscape Design and has been obsessively designing ever since. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of plants and their cultures and has designed countless landscapes for all styles of homes and commercial spaces throughout the Chicago area since beginning her design career in 2003.
Carol worked in sales and design for 13 years before designing independently and co-founding Madsen Home & Garden. Her ultimate goal is to maximize the curb appeal and outdoor livability of each home with four season design. She loves creating everything from classic formal gardens to contemporary spaces as well as sustainable natural gardens and believes that every home with children should have a butterfly garden because “if you build it, they WILL come!”
When she's not designing, Carol's tending to her garden, practicing the piano, enjoying life with her kids and 2 darling grandsons, and chilling in Madison, WI with Richard.
You can see Carol's designs here.
We share a classic design aesthetic, love of color and nature, and a passion for creating spaces that make you feel good.