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Founder & Principal of The Design Coach, LLC: Philip Sassano

Artist, Contractor, and Design/Build Professional. 

Celebrating our 25th year as an innovative and trusted industry partner in 2023, our overarching philosophy remains the same. We design for people, not for projects. As a multi-disciplinary interior design, creative contracting, and project management firm, we focus on two key elements in our overall professional approach: The client/creative relationship, and the resources required to maintain it and enhance it. Our dedicated team has a collective passion for working closely with each client to deliver the ideas, inspiration, and information to both coach and create personal lifestyle outcomes from concept to completion. Our experience as artists, contractors, and design professionals,

allows our firm a one-of-kind perspective, when crafting and curating both residential and commercial environments. Regardless of industry trends, it is our belief that the only style that matters is the one you can call your own. An expression that can be found in the diversity of our portfolio, shared enthusiasm for identifying the functional lifestyle rhythm of every client, and showcasing of their original visual voice.



Lake House by The Design Coach
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Interior Design/Build & Remodeling Selections:

  • Custom architectural plan reviews: Including electrical/lighting, space planning, cabinetry, and preliminary materials selections.

  • Materials coordination and selection for new construction homes and renovation/remodeling projects.

  • Complete kitchen and bath design.

  • Comprehensive color scheme development.

  • Specialty design: Residential bars, home theaters, wine cellars, and other entertainment environments.

  • Interior finishing packages related to millwork, cabinetry, tile, and flooring.

  • Design and materials selection in support of exterior landscaping, pools, patios/porches, and exterior environments.



  • Space planning/furniture layouts for both interior and exterior environments.

  • Curated furniture sourcing from nationally recognized trade resources.

  • Textile and color packages related to window treatments, area rugs, and other interior accents.

  • Art consultation, family archiving, custom framing, and accessories placement.

  • Customized makeover strategies for existing interiors.

  • Design aimed at maximizing and reimagining existing decorative elements.

Concierge Lifestyle Support: Exclusive to TDC Signature Series Clients.

  • Pre-purchase construction/remodeling and lifestyle assessments for new real estate acquisitions.

  • Specialty sommelier services, custom wine cellar design, and collection curation.

  • Custom residential set-up, personalized menu development, and bar maintenance.

  • Seasonal home set-up, breakdown, and misc. lifestyle maintenance.

  • Home organization and misc. storage support.

  • Custom special event planning and support.

  • Estate maintenance and service scheduling.


Specialty Creative Services:

  • Custom framing and art installation. 

  • Installation and sourcing of wallpaper, fabrics, decorative metal, and other specialty materials for walls, ceilings, and floors.

  • Hand-detailed finishes and artistic applications for ceilings, walls, floors, cabinetry, and furniture.

  • One-of-a-kind artistic installations, custom artwork, curated collections & custom creative elements for commercial environments.

  • Concept development and implementation of themes for branded environments including retail and restaurant.

  • Custom furniture, mantels, and decorative shelving.

  • Custom signage, branding elements, and installations in support of corporate identity, company history and culture.



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Tel: 815.770.0003

Historic Starline Factory Building

300 W. Front Street, Units A/B & I

Harvard, IL 60033

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