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And then we were thrilled to open the May 2019 issue of Modern Luxury’s CS magazine to find another perspective on our Lincoln Park Penthouse project with dSpace Studio, complete with a glimpse of Ruth on the opening page!

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We’re so honored to have our Lincoln Park Penthouse project featured in a recent issue of Interior Design Homes magazine! Big thanks to our clients and the talented architects at dSpace Studio for an amazing and inspiring collaboration.

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a word from our clients

"When we recently bought a house on Lake Harriet which we had to completely furnish, everyone—the realtors, the seller and the builder—said we should work with Ruth Johnson, who had beautifully furnished the house previously. Working with Ruth was our best decision. She has extraordinary vision and taste. She understood what were looking for and helped us with the many decisions we faced. She knows all of the Minneapolis dealers and suppliers and where to find almost anything. She is a joy to work with. We couldn't have done this without her. Now we refer friends to Ruth who all enjoy and value her and her contributions."

—  Mark Peterson and Barbara Sirmai


"I've had the opportunity to work with Ruth on four projects over the last 20 years. Each project was unique and different in scope and style. Ruth's ability to see a space through a client's eyes is exceptional. She is a team player and each of the architects on our projects—Sarah Susanka, Charles Stinson, Tom Birmingham and dSpace—loved working with her. The results speak for themselves." 

—  James P. Gearen


"Tom and I had an amazing experience working with Ruth during the two years of planning and construction of our contemporary home on a lake in northern Minnesota. Ruth provided creative expertise for the interior of our home including lighting, interior colors, flooring, bathroom design, artwork, furniture style and placement. We greatly appreciate everything Ruth did to assist and guide us through the process! She was a joy to work with!!"

—  Linda and Tom Van Bruggen


"I have worked with Ruth Johnson on eight home design projects ranging from ultramodern to Victorian, house to high-rise, and cottage to Craftsman that have been featured worldwide in numerous publications and books. Ruth’s gifts are wide-ranging and include listening for homeowners’ inspiration, for those who enjoy collaboration, as well as the ability to completely visualize and fulfill a design concept for those who choose to be less involved in the process. Ruth also brings the ability to beautifully decorate and detail the space once the design is in place. She always has an eye on what is classic and what is new. The blend is fresh and invigorating, never blah!"

—  Mary Beidler Gearen

“Ruth Johnson Interiors came highly recommended and Ruth was a great fit. I felt comfortable with her design knowledge, contacts and pricing. She was fun to work with and had amazing ideas during every step of my condo renovation. The final outcome still produces many compliments and I would not hesitate to recommend her design work to my family and friends.”
— Susan Throndrud

"When working with Ruth on many projects, we have always received impeccable design and service. She has consulted on a spectrum of spaces for us, from modern to new traditional, respecting each home’s original design without compromising the diverse style of my husband and me. Ruth helped us update three homes, integrating our favorite pieces while providing a fresh point of view. We didn’t have to compromise on style or comfort while accommodating our busy household filled with kids and dogs. Her highly collaborative approach was invaluable, especially when working with architects, contractors and various vendors involved in our projects. She also worked with our kids to define their unique spaces. She is approachable, very easy to work with and always responsive. We highly recommend Ruth for your design needs."

—  Cate Curry

"Working with Ruth is always so much fun. Whether we're starting from scratch or working within an existing design, I know she’ll find just the right things to match our style and our family's needs."

— Theresa Lampe

"Ruth does inspired work and brings great energy and inspiration to our many collaborations. With her presence, I always know my clients are in great hands! Ruth brings an unerring sense of style and her upbeat attitude to every project. Best of all, she makes collaborating fun!"

—  Tim Quigley, AIA, Quigley Architect

”As the owner of a high-end European kitchen cabinet company, my team and I worked with Ruth Johnson on nearly a dozen architectural custom home projects. In my role as a cabinet vendor, I saw how hard Ruth works to understand her clients’ style, meld their goals with the project budget and honor the architecture of the home. She has impeccable taste and is a true team player. Thus, when my wife and I were ready to hire an interior designer for our own home, we selected Ruth. She helped us successfully blend my wife’s bohemian tastes with my northern Italian modern tastes and we’re still married, still love each other—and still love our home!

— David Washburn


in the press

Ruth's work has been widely published in local, national and international design magazines. 

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