Building a holistic platform that embraces our collective good and expresses our creative excellence while committing to continuous personal and professional growth.
Creating intimate spaces that hold diverse activities for a variety of key stakeholders with the guarantee of leaving them with a memorable
impression after their experience within the spatial environment.
Providing healthier spaces within the built environment by selecting materials that are resourced through sustainable stewardship and advocacy.
Practicing a customer-centered approach to service delivery with a commitment to exceed and redefine the standard of expectation as we engage the community and add value to key stakeholders.
Positively influencing the minds and lives of our clients through design.
Marianna has joined the interior design profession after leaving behind a corporate career in financial technology, and is now working as a freelance designer partnering with talented colleagues across North America.
Her approach to design is that it is one temporary, symbiotic mind of designer and client that produces the best result. This allows her to create spaces tailored to the way of living of its inhabitants – fueled by inspiration from nature, her travels, technology thanks to her partner, and an innate practicality – with just a dash of rebellion against rules.
Marianna, originally from Hungary, has lived in Montreal, Canada for over a decade, holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics/Tourism and AEC in Interior Design, and is obsessed with alpacas.
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Mason Royale Designs was recognized for changing the narrative and approach to interior design. Kobby believes that smart interior design approaches are achievable and more importantly, must have style that responds to the occupants well-being and way of life. Kobby’s perspective on interior design is that, it has to be affordable and not limited to elitists. When his vision and skill for design is curated for a space, there is an emotion that is evoked and a narrative that comes to life when the owner(s) occupy the built environment. The space reflects an atmosphere of serenity, relaxation, comfort, joy, unity – family/friends, and dialogue. This is Kobby’s area of expertise and what sets him apart from other designers as an All-Star in his community.
Shannon Anderson – Libertyville, IL
“It's hard to find just the right words to describe this amazing company and the amazing genius that owns it! You would be hard pressed to find anyone that could do a better job than Mason Royale Designs Inc. and Kobby! Kobby is honest, hard working and has a gift at putting the right colors, materials, and designs together to create just the look that you are aspiring for! All you have to do is give him information about what you like, where you spend most of your time, your budget etc. and he will create spaces for you that look like they belong in magazines. We just bought a new home in May and Kobby designed our family room, living room, dining room, master bedroom and the bedrooms for both of our sons. My sons absolutely love their bedrooms. My five year old even commented, "Kobby must like me the best because he gave me the best room!" My thirteen year old son felt the same way about his room. My husband and I both love the way each room came together and are so grateful for Kobby. Designing spaces is not something that just anyone can do. Kobby has both the expertise and the experience. He will turn your home into one that you don't want to leave and love coming home to! I highly recommend Mason Royale Designs Inc. and Kobby!”
Lynne Sakanich – Highland Park
“Kobby was/is AMAZING!!! He has completed interior design projects for our master bedroom and bath and most recently our family room. I was so impressed with his attention to detail and vision for how to pull everything together (even when I couldn't see it). In addition to being so much fun and full of life, Kobby brought a current and chic vibe to our home all the while being respectful of our budget. He is extremely professional and his love for interior design shines through. We can't thank Kobby enough and highly recommend him to anyone!!!”
Linda & Ira Lippman – Libertyville
“We are having the most wonderful experience working with Kobby Akuffo at Mason Royale Designs. He is an outstanding interior designer, offering creative ideas and visions for our space. In addition to his top professional side, Kobby is personable, fun, engaging, and very insightful, as well as very sensitive to our input and needs as his client. His vast experience adds to producing amazing, beautiful and functional results. We have enjoyed working with Kobby and look forward to future home design projects.”
Victoria Ocholla – Logan Square – Chicago
This firm is owned and operated by one of the most talented interior designers I have ever met. He is professional, personable and incredibly honest and perceptive when discussing design ideas. He listens to a client's vision and then provides sound advice on how to bring that to life with tweaks as needed. He is also a Colorist so is amazing at helping clients pick out colors that evoke the right mood, emotion in a given room. He also helped me pick out great paint colors, lighting and wall paper for different rooms in my house. I will definitely retain Mason Royale Designs for my future design projects.
Confidential – Lake Forest
My husband and I hired Kobby twice to help with the interior designs in our living room, family room and bathroom. There are not enough kinds words to describe how wonderful he is. Kobby is dependable, fun to work with, extremely committed to seeing projects through to completion and beyond talented. Not only did Kobby personally shop with me at a few different stores but he also spent ample time at our house to ensure shipments arrived on time and the furniture was setup correctly. We also used contractors that he recommended and they did a phenomenal job as well. Our home looks amazing and we could not be happier. I cannot recommend Kobby enough for your interior design needs. He is absolutely terrific and I am confident you will be as thrilled with your results as we are.
Darla Mascolo – Arlington Heights
Kobby is one of a kind, a true gem! He’s a gifted designer with a keen sense of style. My husband and I were fortunate to meet Kobby after working with a designer who didn’t grasp our vision. We knew we were in good hands with Kobby after our first meeting. He took the time to get to know us and took our lifestyle into consideration when developing our design. He aspired to make our space not only beautiful, but functional. He’s intuitive, engaging and we shared a lot of laughs along the way. He always worked within our budget. He never made us feel pressured to go with his selections and offered options until we were satisfied. He was with us every step of the way and took care of every detail of our project. We had such a great experience with Kobby and wouldn’t entrust anyone else with our home! Kobby isn’t a 5-star designer, he’s a 10 star!! Best of the best by far! I would highly recommend Kobby-a true talent.
Exclusive – Barrington Hills
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Kobby on 2 projects. He’s nothing short of fantastic! Kobby listened to my ideas and put together a beautiful design. He has an incredible design talent. Kobby is very easy to work with and ALWAYS puts his clients first! I’d highly recommend Kobby to anyone without hesitation.
A. Heimgartner – Highland Park
Kobby was so amazing to work with; he came into our home and understood our needs to change our space, and the balanced that against our family lifestyle. He was straightforward, honest and a pleasure to work with. He always responded to my texts and phone calls and we worked together on building our concept. I can't wait to work with him on my next home decorating project!
Tracey Hazan – Lincolnshire
Kobby is fantastic! He was so super helpful, he has amazing taste, loved everything he found for us! I would have given him 100 stars if I could!! I would highly recommend Kobby to anyone needing a great designer.
Alex Vyboischik – Lake Forest
We bought a 5,800 sq. ft house and started looking for a designer to keep the house in order. We were extremely lucky to meet a highly professional and simply extraordinary person, Mr. Kobby Akuffo. He made all the interior and exterior house paint decisions. Came up with furnishings for the whole house, including the delivery, inspection and placement of the furniture. Picked up all the carpets and rugs. Picked up and helped with the placement of our pictures and photographs. Designed the backyard and furnished it. And all this was done with extraordinary taste. On top of this, he is an unusually pleasant, polite and understanding person, who immediately responds to all requests and answers all questions. He worked superbly with all the contractors who worked in the house. Kobby deserves the highest praise as a professional and as an unusually intelligent, patient person.
Dmitriy, Tatyana, girls and Mango 🙂
Kobby is absolutely phenomenal. We worked with him to furnish and do all interior design elements when we bought our single-family home, including designing our master bathroom which was a total remodel. We could not be more pleased! Kobby takes the time to understand who you are, your tastes/preferences, and your lifestyle. He understands the need to balance form/function/value. He has a great eye for color, textures, scale. I have very high standards and little extra time given a demanding job - and to say Kobby exceeded my expectations is an understatement. He was always efficient but not rushed when it came to making choices and works so collaboratively with other vendors/contractors/etc. Our home is now beautiful all around - every room came together amazingly and I cannot say enough good things about working with Mason Royale Designs.
Kobby was absolutely fantastic to work with and I could not stress that enough. We worked with him on our Family Room and casual eating area and rehired him immediately for our formal areas. He listened to what we were looking for and allowed us to be part of the process as much as we wanted it to be. He cares about his work and making sure you are happy!
I've worked with Kobby on several projects over the past decade and he always delivers. Most recently, he helped design my company's new office space and did a phenomenal job - from furniture, to flooring, to color schemes the office is a place where our employees truly *want* to be every day, thanks to Kobby's work. But the best thing I can say about Kobby is that he cares about his clients. He truly wants them to be happy with the end result...he takes great pride in his work and he wants you to feel the same way. He wants each client to feel they received great value from the time he put in to your project. He is an excellent communicator from start to finish...an affable, empathic person. If I could give him 10 stars I would.
Kobby was such a pleasure to work with. He was professional, ultra knowledgeable, and very involved in the project from the very beginning. Communicating with Kobby was always easy, and he brought some incredible ideas to the table that we simply would have never had the guts to do if not for him. Kobby’s design turned our house into a dream Home. I have been recommending Kobby to all my friends without any reservation!
Koby is the most pleasant and easy to work with designer I have ever utilized. He’s attention to detail and eye for design is a gift. I would strongly recommend anyone looking to design their home to their own personality to partner with Koby and Mason Design
Marv Schmucker, President, Square 1 Builder
“As a builder, the value that Kobby adds to a project is second to none with a constant focus on the client. We designed and built a new cottage retreat in Michigan for his client”.
Edie & Peter Soraparu, Dubuque, IA
“Just a quick note to let you know how happy we are with our designs for our new home. Your designs offer such a remarkable flexibility, an impressive combination.”
Bob & Julie, Arlington Heights, IL.
“Kobby, the floor plan is amazing. I love all the pieces which truly captures our lifestyle.”
Jerry Siegen, President. Siegen Plus Inc.
“Kobby, working with you over the past 8 years has been a wonderful journey. The focus on getting it right the first time, saves us all money and always exceeds the client’s expectation.”