About The Ragsdale Co.

Our Story

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This is more than a business for us, it is our life.

At The Ragsdale Co., our mission extends far beyond a commitment to excellence in the area of painting, decorating and finishing. Our purpose is to utilize our skills and creativity to thrill our clients, while maintaining a safe and professional environment for our employees to work and provide for their families. We are committed to making the world a better place by employing practices and procedures in the execution of our work that account for the well being of our customers, employees and the planet.

A brief


Originally founded in 1977 by her father, Steve Ragsdale, The Ragsdale Company is owned and operated by Grace Ragsdale Janda, along with the help of her husband, Rob.

Steve contracted his first paying paint job in 1969, while still a student at Lake Forest High School. Throughout high school and college Steve continued to develop both his painting skills and his entrepreneurial skills contracting painting projects in and around Lake Forest.  After college, he took a job with a well established North Shore painting firm which specialized in serving the large estates along the shore. This experience paved the way for Steve to establish his own high end firm in 1977.

Finding her way into his footsteps, Grace took ownership of the business in 2015. With a fresh perspective and great enthusiasm, she and her husband Rob have continued to move the operation forward with the same values, ethics, and passion with which Steve founded the company.

The company has expanded under this transition, now offering one on one design services and turnkey kitchen and bath renovations. With the addition of a boutique design showroom in our downtown Lake Bluff facility, The Ragsdale Company has become a destination for all things home decorating, offering premium lines of cabinet hardware, tile and stone.



Our business couldn’t exist without the many strong partnerships we have developed over the years. There are many individuals and businesses with whom we are grateful to work, including:

  • Interior Designers & Decorators
  • Custom Cabinet & Furniture Designers & Builders
  • Garage Door Contractors
  • Architects & Design/Build Firms
  • Plumbers
  • HVAC Contractors
  • Electricians
  • Fire/Water Damage Restoration Service Providers
  • Cleaning Service Providers
  • Decorative Hardware Restoration & Installers
  • Window & Glass Designers & Installers
  • Many More!

For trade referrals, please contact us directly and we’ll be happy to connect you with the right person for the project.

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The Ragsdale Co.
709 Sheridan Road
Lake Bluff, IL 60044