• 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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    August 12, 2020 By scoffey
  • 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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    July 22, 2020 By scoffey
  • 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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    July 17, 2020 By aknotts
  • 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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    July 1, 2020 By scoffey
  • Collector’s Edition: Green Acres, Taihu Stones & Scholar’s Rocks

    With only six letters, one short word can transform our entire outlook: Spring. A few short months that rewards our patience with blossoms, buds and a carnival of irresistible colors—what could be better? Today we turn our attention to the stunning home of a client, whose lush North Shore garden is like a dream sequence of […]

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    June 22, 2020 By aknotts
  • In the Press: Treasure Trove Part 1

    The recently remodeled North Shore home of PAGODA RED founder Betsy Nathan, and husband Daniel Goldberg, was featured in Luxe Magazine. The project was a collaboration between a dream-team of interior designers, architects, and landscape designers who worked together to create this storied, ultra-personal space. In this peek behind the scenes, Frederick H. Wilson of Morgante-Wilson Architects, […]

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    June 1, 2020 By aknotts
  • Mark D. Sikes: Mastering Blue and White

    We’ve long admired the work of interior designer Mark D. Sikes. Besides producing beautiful, timeless interiors, the prolific creative is an esteemed author and furniture designer, who recently launched his own fashion line of preppy, women’s sportswear. Mark is widely known for his masterful use of blue and white, and his love of the pairing […]

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    March 5, 2020 By hgoodman
  • 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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    March 4, 2020 By scoffey
  • 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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    January 10, 2020 By scoffey
  • 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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    December 12, 2019 By scoffey
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