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Episode 527: James Thomas


James Dolenc and Tom Riker are the duo behind the Chicago-based residential interior design firm James Thomas. Partners in both work and life, the two launched their eponymous firm in 2003 and quickly became known for sophisticated, classic, and generously appointed homes that serve their owners with an easy elegance that is both beautiful and welcoming.


The ebb and the flow of their partnership serves clients with two unique points of view that work in harmony; James is the storyteller – overseeing technical design, the flow of the space, and ensuring that every detail add up to tell a cohesive story. Tom is the editor – specializing in design details and one-of-a-kind notes that turn a home into a personal statement.


While James Thomas focuses on serving clients in Chicago and its elite North Shore, they have also worked on projects in Sun Valley, Idaho, Park City, Utah, Sonoma, California, The Turks and Caicos Islands, and New York City. Their work has been featured in House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Luxe Magazine, Mountain Living, Decor and Midwest Living.

Discover their Website here

Add James and Tom’s book recommendation, Slim Aaron’s A Place in the Sun, to your design library by clicking here.

Slim Aarons A Place in the Sun


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