The Team



Karen earned her BA in English from DePauw University, with concentrations in Italian and Art History.She also holds an MS in Social Policy from Northwestern University. After teaching high school English for ten years, Karen followed a different passion for antiques and history, gaining retail experience by importing antiques from France and England. She opened Trousseaux in 2001, closely followed by Hinsdale Lighting in 2005. What primarily began with decorative lighting soon expanded to include lighting design services and specialty lighting; Hinsdale Lighting is now a full-service lighting design firm and retailer. Beyond this, Karen envisions a broadened path to encompass more comprehensive residential design projects. Though a hopeless Starbucks addict, Karen seems to run on a self-generated energy. Amongst her many talents, she is very good at identifying patterns and the next “it” design wave. She lives in Hinsdale with her husband, Paul and her sons, Henry and Jonathan.


Senior Designer

Megan earned her BFA in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design. As Lead Designer, Megan helps clients find the perfect fixtures for their projects, ensuring that the selections work cohesively with the project’s space and design objectives. She helps select the lighting that works best with the whole design “package,” lighting that is faithful to the client’s style and, at the same time, provides just the right amount and quality of light for the particular space. Her special area of design interest is the creation of new, original design. Megan lives in Lisle with her husband, Scudder.


Lighting Designer

Nora is the newest member to join the Hinsdale Lighting team as an Assistant Lighting Designer and brings with her a background in Lighting Control and a passion for Interior Design. Nora has a great eye for what works together in different spaces and has the ability to make it both convenient and functional for her client’s needs. With Nora’s style ranging from MidCentury Modern to Traditional she knows that picking the right lighting fixture can change the look and feel of your home. Nora resides in Oak Park with her husband Matthew.


Financial Manager

Cathy has spent her career in small business accounting and finance. After raising her family and leading the accounting department for a decorative arts company, Cathy became the acting Comptroller at Hinsdale Lighting. She controls all finances, purchases and vendor relations. Her specialties include organization, financial strategy, company planning and kindness. When she is not calming the paperwork storm, Cathy enjoys cooking, entertaining at her lake home and spending time with her husband, Greg. Cathy resides in Burr Ridge.


Graphics and Brand Manager

Noah earned her Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Computer Studies and Graphic Design from Saint Xavier University. As the Graphic Designer and Brand Manager, Noah is responsible for the innovative design of print and digital marketing materials.


Brand Ambassador

Molly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Central Michigan University. As the Brand Ambassador, she uses her love of interior design and passion for customer service to assist our clients. She resides in Oak Brook with her husband Mike and 3 children.




Maria is our jack of all trades as she is responsible for logistics, lightbulbs and receiving packages. Maria resides in Clarendon Hills with her husband and 2 boys.