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.


Master Designer

Megan earned her BFA in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design and has worked in the design industry for 10 years.  Since 2011, Megan has worked for Hinsdale Lighting helping clients find the perfect fixtures for their projects, ensuring that their selections work cohesively with the project’s space and design objectives. She recently achieved  the title of Master Designer which indicates her experience and level of expertise.  Because Megan manages her projects with the greatest care, clients often go out of their way to let us know how much they enjoy working with her.  Megan lives in Lemont with her husband, Scudder and daughter, Lauretta.


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. Always a ray of sunshine, Nora knows how to have fun and make things happen.  Nora resides in Oak Park with her husband Matthew.


Financial Manager

Sheila Karp is the left brain in our right brained world. Sheila earned her MBA at Northwestern University and is all things organizational and financial. She controls all finances, purchases and vendor transactions.  When she is not calming the paperwork storm, Sheila enjoys traveling, yoga and investing. Sheila resides in Glen Ellyn with her husband, Steve, and her youngest daughter, Chloe.




Showroom Manager

Molly earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Central Michigan University. As the Showroom Manager, she uses her love of interior design and passion for customer service to assist our clients, manage our suppliers and handle the details of business that keeps us running smoothly. Molly is a strategic thinker, a problem solver and the original multi-tasker. Molly just “gets it” maybe because she is a longtime local. She resides in Oak Brook with her husband Mike and 3 children who are big now.




Maria is our jack of all trades as she is responsible for logistics, lightbulbs , receiving shipments and managing deliveries. Don’t let her job title fool you,  Maria has a designer’s soul and understands good design. She is an excellent teammate and runs our warehouse single- handedly. Maria resides in Clarendon Hills with her husband and 2 boys.