Editor's note: Today I am wearing a dress from Rag & Bone, scarf from Ferragamo, and shoes are Beverly Feldman.
Happy Tuesday!! Second to the last Tuesday in August... this month has gone by in a flash! I guess Adison has started her classes at Auburn— I am hoping all of the design knowledge she learned over the summer will help in her future classes. Mackenzie and I are working away on our new large job getting bids in.. as well as planning the fabrics and furniture for the interiors. September is when people wake up and realize if they want something done before the holiday season they better get on it! Tuesdays seem to be the days that we get down to business after catching up on Monday. I always have several jobs going at once and try to keep up with all of the things to select, price, and bid. I am doing some custom pieces for several jobs that are always fun to plan with the various talented people that I use. Have I mentioned lately that I love my job???
Today’s article comes from the new House Beautiful. All of the articles feature color —- which is down my ally!!! I am known for designing with color.... although I always do what is right for the job and client..so sometimes I do all muted color. Beige is a color, too! This apartment in New York combined two apartments to create a 7,000 square foot home for a family of 5. The clients wanted strong ,bright colors and a mixture of antiques and modern. Designer Katie Ridder and architect John B. Murray did an outstanding job! Enjoy this jewel box of an apartment on the Upper East Side and have a fabulous Tuesday!
There is so much happening in this corner of the living room. The collection of intaglios are mounted on de Gournay wallpaper and framed. They are hung surrounding a Swedish secretary with incredible burgled wood. The green and cream rug explodes against the persimmon wall color.
Another corner of the living room with a custom sectional done in a Lee Jofa print. Ridder said she had the fabric upholstered on the wrong side to tone the colors down and give it a different effect. The center of the coffered ceiling has a Scalamandre Gilded Aged Foil wallpaper. I love how the draperies and the roman shade read into the wall color.
The persimmon color is carried into the dining room with the Brunschwig & Fils fabric on the back of the chairs. Another pop of color comes in the turquoise roman shades. Such a happy room!!!
The “book-themed” artwork over the chest was the starting point of the family room. I love how the blues are carried around the room with the draperies, sofa, and the tile surrounding the fireplace.
One of the main requests by the wife was to have her own study. What a dramatic and happy room with the red walls done in Benjamin Moore’s Arroyo Red. I love the color of the desk and desk chair against all of the red.
One of the other main request was to make the upholstery kid-friendly. This sofa in the family room is done in a Brunschwig & Fils mohair—- which is almost indestructible. Great pop of pink in the pillow.
I adore fancy built-in bunk beds—— and this one is FABULOUS!! Every square inch of this room is utilized— even the stairs have drawers . The boys wanted a room for sleepovers— this site fits the bill! The check used inside the beds is from Holland & Sherry. I love how the top bunk’s ceiling looks like a tent.
This is the daughter’s room—- so pink, green, and girly! The wallpaper was designed by Ridder—-I LOVE it! The daybed is done in a Brunschwig & Fils will. I love the birds flying above the bed. The cool lamp shade in the swing arm lamp is from Midnight Sun. What a darling room!! What a fabulous apartment !!!! Job well done!
"Looking on the Bright Side" article featured in House Beautiful September 2018 Issue
Interior design by Katie Ridder
Photography by Eric Piasecki
Architecture by John B. Murray
My dinner last night was baked tilapia and salad with avocado, mozzarella, and chipotle dressing.