Owner/Principal, Mary Cook Associates, Inc.
Mary Cook is president and founder of Mary Cook Associates, Inc., (MCA) a fully integrated interior architecture and design firm. Based in Chicago, the firm has completed hundreds of projects in 28 states across the country so far. The firm’s rich and varied experience includes full-scale design services in new construction, adaptive reuse, landmark restoration and renovation. The firm has been recognized both locally and nationally with award-winning designs in housing, senior housing, golf and recreation and hospitality. Recent completed projects in the Chicago area include four model units at Trump International Hotel & Tower, Angels & Kings bar and the Extreme Suite at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, and the full renovation of the 100-year-old Evanston Golf Club in Skokie.
In 2011, MCA announced it was selected by publicly traded homebuilder M/I Homes to integrate its highly effective home designs (coined The Art of Space) into each M/I Homes community across 11 national divisions. To date, MCA has completed more than 45 model home interiors with impressive measurable results coming out of each community. In the Cincinnati market alone, with three communities open so far, sales increased 50 percent in the first community, 40 percent in the second community and sales have doubled in the third community since the grand opening of the Mary Cook Associates models.
Over her 25-year career, Cook has uncovered, developed and refined seven fundamentals of interior design that are key for creating homes that live better and interiors that feel better.
“When my seven fundamental principles are in place and in balance, it creates a wonderful harmony,” she says. “That harmony affects people in really positive ways. I have seen it boost the sales of real estate, increase the membership in clubs, promote activity and interaction of seniors living in the community and raise banquet bookings to all-time highs.”
Cook will share her expertise about these seven fundamentals in a new book she has written, “The Art of Space,” out on bookstore shelves later this year. In her book, Cook walks readers through the seven fundamentals of design and illustrates these principles in practice through hundreds of beautiful photographs of her work, complete with instructional captions. She is passionate about sharing her design philosophies with consumers and professionals alike.