Ember & Brune Co-founder / Interior Designer

Instinctive perfectionism; designer Carrie Gallo is a detail gal with a luxury state of mind. What she loves best about her work in the design realm is presenting concepts & solutions the homeowners themselves did not initially imagine for their space.  “I appreciate that some people understand their design style and others do not. Design has a language all its own and I enjoy helping people define their style and identify what falls within their comfort zone and what pushes the envelope.  Luxury comes in many forms,” Carrie notes. 

Most recently before founding Ember & Brune with Brandie, Carrie was Senior Designer & Development Director for a luxury home builder in Itasca, IL.  She has extensive experience managing project work flow, coordination of permitting & field measures.  All this is in addition to creating the strata of design within her clients’ homes, whether that detailed custom environment is an addition, kitchen, bathroom, basement / lower level, wine cellar, walk-in pantry, laundry room or work out room.  Carrie’s design knowledge moves from inside to out & she additionally has experience working with clients on their façade design choices, including windows, doors, siding & roofing.  Carrie’s experience is uniquely suited to strengthen the link between your home & the outdoors.

Prior to the home builder in Itasca, Carrie was on the same team as Brandie at the luxury kitchen & bath design firm in Barrington, IL.  Carrie’s substantive experience in the design industry also includes working for a design firm specializing in hospitality design, the design department of a big box store & a furniture store.  The degree she holds is Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from The Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg, IL.

Personally, Carrie designs kitchens from her knowledge of cooking (& eating!), a favorite way to spend a day; hence, she understands kitchens from a home chef’s perspective.  She & her husband have experience as beekeepers, grounding her sincere appreciation for where things come from.   In addition to being new parents to the cutest little girl, Carrie & her husband enjoy real estate and flipping homes.  An innate Francophile with a nod to her French father, you will find root of this love as well, in the name “Ember & Brune.”