• Refurnishing & Revisiting the Farnsworth House

    Designed by Mies van der Rohe in the late 1940s, the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois distills Mies’ modernist ideals into a clear expression of uncluttered structure. Over the years, it’s become shorthand for Miesian “less is more” design — so much so that the more nuanced story behind the home has been eclipsed by […]

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  • The Nathan Family Ginger Tea Recipe

    As the weather cools off and the holidays near, we’re all spending more time in the kitchen. Like us, you might be looking for ways to keep cozy and fend off colds. Ginger tea is our go-to for cold weather comfort. Betsy’s mother, Ann — a renowned Chicago gallerist — is known for making ginger […]

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  • Just In: Video Conference Backgrounds to Bring a Bit of Peace & Calm

    Whether you’ve been working from home for ages or it’s your first time using Zoom from your living room, it helps to dial in from a beautiful place. That’s not always possible, and we’re all making due in our own ways right now, so we’re sending some virtual love to you with 10 downloadable backgrounds—each […]

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  • A New Cycle: The Year of the Metal Rat

    I can touch the sill worn by hands I’ll never know in this room with its low table where I brew chrysanthemum tea. — Lynda Hull, Chinese New Year Occurring every 12 years, the Rat represents the beginning of the Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Metal Rat spans from January 25, 2020 through February 11, […]

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  • Betsy Nathan’s 2020 Design Forecast

    Every year, we turn to PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan for her interior design forecast. As always, she avoids trends in favor of timeless ideas that are nonetheless relevant to the moment we’re living in. Working closely with many different designers, she has both a broad view of the landscape and a specific knowledge of […]

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  • Handmade Hosting Gifts from PartySlate’s Julie Novack

    ‘Tis the season to gather. For memorable celebrations, we rely on the advice of Julie Novack, the founder of PartySlate. Julie has created a photo-rich platform that connects people who are planning large scale events with leading event professionals and venues across the country. With PartySlate, she’s gathered all of that information together in one space. Julie […]

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  • Wealth & Health: The Year of the Earth Pig

    From February 5, 2019 to January 24, 2020, the Chinese calendar has us in the Year of the Earth Pig. Symbolic of wealth and luck, the pig is supported and connected within its earth element this year. In Chinese astrology, this translates into a year of security and prosperity. The Chinese New Year is traditionally […]

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  • In Living Color: Pantone’s Pick for 2019

    “Animated and life-affirming,” those are just two of the uplifting descriptors Pantone lavished upon their recently announced color of the year—Living Coral 16-1546. At the precise intersection of vibrant pink and sunny orange, we think that the hue feels both distinct and special. We agree with the forecaster when they claim the shade, “energizes and […]

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  • In The Press: Architectural Digest on our New Space

    Huge thanks to Architectural Digest for telling the story of our warehouse, so beautifully! The article shines light on the unique way we work with designers, and how our new space makes it easier than ever to find that just-right item for any project. In the piece, PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan shares how fulfilling […]

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  • Book Report: Zen In The Art Of Archery

    Zen in the Art of Archery is a legendary book by Eugen Herrigel, first published in Germany in 1948, and in New York, by Pantheon Books, in 1953. The work focusses on the study of Kyūdō, a form of Japanese archery, which the German philosopher pursued in the 1920s, while living in Japan.   Over the years, the […]

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