• Jeannie Balsam: Classic Style for Modern Life

    One can imagine themselves reading, relaxing and enjoying a warm cup of tea or coffee in a room designed by Jeannie Balsam. Her eye is present not only in the details that make up the design, but also in the unseen ways a room works — the seating arrangement that inspires conversation in groups and […]

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    June 24, 2019 By scoffey
  • fcSTUDIO’s Julie Fisher on Blurring Design Borders

    As co-founder of Chicago-based architecture and design firm fcSTUDIO and the owner of an impressive portfolio that spans North America, Julie Fisher is at the vanguard of a movement that blurs residential, commercial, and hospitality design. Yet no matter how innovative her interiors, Fisher keeps art front and center. “We create spaces that have lots […]

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    June 10, 2019 By scoffey
  • Tina Ramchandani: Soulful Minimalism

    Tina Ramchandani’s interiors share an innate sense of balance. Understated and beautifully curated, they adhere to what she calls “soulful minimalism,” a style that’s “clean, comfortable, relaxed, and meant to be lived in.” Rather than stark white spaces, her version of minimalism is thoughtfully layered with light, texture, and depth. Ramchandani cultivated her talent for […]

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    March 12, 2019 By scoffey
  • Kevin Isbell: Sensing a Space

    “You have to listen to what a home tells you and go with it,” says Kevin Isbell. The designer, who lived and worked in New York for 18 years, recently moved to Los Angeles, where he’s attuning to a new language of architecture, space, and light. “Color is different in California,” he says. “It’s a […]

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    March 1, 2019 By scoffey
  • Shelly Handman: The Natural

    Chicago-based designer Shelly Handman has an innate sense of balance and beauty. Over many years, his eye has been trained to perceive details that others miss. “I have always had a reverence for age—a respect,” he says. “We are such a transient society, and everything is always being replaced or torn down.” As an antidote […]

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    February 15, 2019 By hgoodman
  • Shelley Johnstone: Livable Luxury

    With more that 20 years in the industry, and an international roster of clients, interior designer Shelley Johnstone of the eponymous firm Shelley Johnstone Design is one of Chicago’s brightest style stars. Known for creating elegant, modern spaces with a strong European influence, her designs are equal parts luxurious and livable.  “I like to create beautiful, […]

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    January 25, 2019 By hgoodman
  • Artful Intrigue: Designer Sara Story

    It’s not every day that we chat with a top designer who also happens to play elephant polo competitively. But when the designer is Sara Story, an AD100 (and PAGODA RED) favorite, the larger-than-life hobby makes perfect sense. After all, one look at her beautiful work and it’s clear—this tastemaker is no stranger to risk taking. […]

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    January 11, 2019 By hgoodman
  • Forecast: Top Trends for 2019

    It’s that time again! We turned to one of our favorite tastemakers—PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan, to get her take on the trends most likely to take the design world by storm in 2019. Below are the five she’s finding most inspiring for the new year. If you notice a theme in this year’s round-up, it […]

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    January 8, 2019 By hgoodman
  • Decor Secrets from Holiday House Designers

    For many, the word holiday conjures images of family and friends gathered around festive tables. But for Holiday House, the design showcase now in its 11th year, the term has a broader meaning. After battling breast cancer more than 21 years ago, founder Iris Danker says that she considers every day to be a holiday. […]

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    November 19, 2018 By hgoodman
  • Summer Thornton: The Modern Maximalist

    Interior designer Summer Thornton, of Summer Thornton Design, is known for her fearless use of saturated color, and her affinity for combining bold patterns and textures with seeming abandon. A self described maximalist, Summer is full of cheeky but useful advice like “do one thing your Mother wouldn’t,” and “use pattern and color recklessly.” We love […]

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    September 25, 2018 By hgoodman
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