Here For You. Every Step.
Embarking on a renovation or new build can be intimidating, stressful, and exciting in equal measure. We bring a personal touch to everything we do, all in service of transforming your wildest dreams into tangible realities. We are a project experience-driven, boutique architecture and interior design firm. We work with you to create a unique design that brings together our passion for architecture and your project goals.
Catalina Estrada Pagnotta
I believe that creating people-oriented design starts with really listening to what you need, and collaborating with you to create a sensible and aesthetically pleasing end product. When working with my team, we don’t design at you, we design with you. Combining my knowledge as an architect with my knowledge as a realtor, I help our clients make the best decisions for their present and their future. When I’m not working, I’m usually on the go visiting friends and family or at my HIIT class.
Whether my hair is in its long phase or shorter phase, I’ll always have a hair tie on-hand to get it out of the way for when I need to hustle.
I live and die by my google calendar. I work best when I have expectations set and my time well-managed. If it’s on the calendar, it’s happening.
Although they do not appreciate the fact that they live rent free, I love them dearly and rely on them for my daily does of serotonin.
My desk is always littered with post-it notes containing lists, random thoughts, and notes from phone calls. If it’s important to remember, it’s on a post-it.
I’ve always had an interest in end-user experiences and how my designs can enhance them, whether that be through spatial organization, programmatic sequence, colors and textures, or lighting. We strive to be an experience for our clients, not just a checkbox. I ensure we do this by providing high quality drawings and modeling for our clients, as well as providing clear and comprehensive communication with consultants and contractors. When I’m not working, I’m probably enjoying a soccer game on TV or practicing yoga.
I’m a huge Napoli fan, and still have extended family that lives in the area. I never miss a match!
I used to drink 7 cups of espresso a day while living in Italy, and when I saw an Italian doctor due to heart palpitations, he simply told me to not drink 7 cups per day.
I always have a moleskine sketchbook on hand for on-site notes, quick sketches, and task lists.
Practicing yoga is an integral part of my day. It gives me a mental break from the daily grind.
My philosophy for achieving the best design aesthetic is to approach each element of a project with the end goal imbued into every step. From initial planning to finish selection and décor recommendations, I want to make sure we go through all the important details to make your space intrinsically-you. I want to understand the essence of the project vision to fully translate intangible feelings into physical design characteristics for a cohesive ambiance. When I’m not at my computer working or playing Dungeons & Dragons, I’m probably in the kitchen perfecting my cooking skills, riding my bike around the city, or embarking on a chaotic DIY project.
It takes a little bit of getting used to but it’s perfect to use with a laptop when you’re on the go… or on the couch.
With a big splash of milk. I drink cold coffee anytime of year. It sinfully easy to make a glass, or three, in the morning.
I received these as a birthday gift and they are my favorite tool to help for get in the zone and get work done.
I love having my big water bottle with me on busy days or just moving about the house.
I chose Brian and Catalina as my humans in 2015, and have been underwhelmed ever since. I found it particularly distasteful when they brought home the other cat a few years later, and frequently find myself putting him in his place. As head of feline resources, I’ll listen to your problems, but I probably won’t care and will judge you instead.
Ever since I was adopted, I have cherished the same toy mouse. I have added dozens to my collection over the years, but I always come back to my day one toy mouse.
I can’t resist curling up on a fuzzy blanket if one is within sight. The fluffier, the better. I will smack the other cat off of my blanket if he dares to step upon it.
I love to chomp my human’s plants despite their constant begging me not to do it. I don’t care what the haters say.
Who needs cat food when you can have human food? I’m always trying to run away with a piece of bread or meat when my humans aren’t looking.
I hit the “jack”pot when Brian found me as a kitten in the South Side in 2018. Since then, I’ve been wreaking havoc on any misplaced pencil or paper, and have no idea why I’ve been trusted to manage supplies for the office. Missing red pen? I knocked it off your desk. Bite marks in your paper? It was definitely me. My positive quality is that I’m a 10/10 lap warmer in the office.
Irresistible. I can’t NOT sang one if left unattended. Drives her crazy. She’ll never find my hidden stockpile.
Absolutely irresistible. I take these and litter them around the house. No use looking for a matching pair of socks!
I love to take these at the most inconvenient times! Need to jot down an idea? Too bad!
Why eat just my own food when I can also eat Stella’s? She’s always going for human food or plants anyways.