• How to Renovate & Design with Antique Architectural Elements

    Vintage architectural elements might not make the top of every renovation resource list, but for those who want their space to tell a story, they should. Antique materials bring a higher level of quality, craftsmanship and authenticity to a project. Plus, they’re already proven to weather well. Whether using a 19th century door for its original purpose, or tiling […]

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  • 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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  • Designer William Cullum Delights in Details

    No two Jayne Design Studio projects look alike. Each, in its own surprising way, tells a story that weaves together the house, its location, and its owners. Founded in 1990 by Thomas Jayne, the studio prides itself on understanding the history of objects, creating rich and rewarding dialogues between them.  “Every project is very personal […]

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  • Susan Ferrier: Layering with Light

    Of all the tools in a designer’s kit, from color to texture, natural light is one of the most misunderstood. Often considered the province of architects, light in the hands of the right interior designer casts a spell over a room, transforming it from a space that is simply used and seen, to one that […]

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  • Donna Mondi: Enduring Style with an Edge

    “I love vintage properties and the character they naturally possess,” says Chicago-based designer Donna Mondi. The catch? Many of the firm’s projects are new builds and luxury condos that don’t necessarily come with built-in character. In a renovation, Mondi frequently contrasts classical features with modern art, but in a new build, the reverse often occurs. […]

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  • A Shared Sensibility: Maya Romanoff & PAGODA RED

    “Kindness and generosity,” are the words Joyce Romanoff uses again and again to describe her late husband, Maya. “It was important to him to create a community of people from all walks of life,” she recalls. “The heart of our company is our people.” Today, Maya Romanoff is the largest manufacturer of handmade wallcoverings in the […]

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  • Take a Virtual Minibreak with a Visit to Ray Booth’s Healing Nashville Home

    A partner at the prestigious architecture and interior design studio McAlpine, Ray Booth discovered PAGODA RED online years ago before visiting our Chicago space in person. “I have always felt a spiritual connection to Asian culture and antiques,” he says. “There is a simple, ethereal quality to them.” The same could be said of his […]

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  • Meet Our Experts: PAGODA RED’s Design Concierges

    Clients who enter the PAGODA RED gallery often tell us they feel they’ve been transported into another world. Inspired by classical Asian elements but designed with a modern sensibility, our space is influenced by the belief—shared by world philosophies including Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and many Western practices—that balance can be achieved through the coupling of […]

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  • Tom Stringer: An Adventurous Life

    Tom Stringer is well known for his worldly and client-centered approach, which he takes further than most designers. His process often involves traveling with clients, searching and shopping together as they make their way across markets, cities and countries. For him, it’s a natural extension of the design process. He explains: “Part of the process […]

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  • Laura Pavlovich of Therese Carmel on Responding to Change & Rediscovering Home

    We can’t control what happens outside ourselves, but we can reshape our interior worlds. Laura Pavolich, owner of design firm Therese Carmel, opened her new Laguna Beach showroom just one day before before California’s governor mandated that retail stores close. Fortunately, the firm had plenty of one-to-two year projects in the works, and they found that […]

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