MDS- How would you define your style?
SK- I love the word style because for me it encompasses mixing of antique and modern, new and vintage. My style has a European sensibility with a focus on architectural elements of a space. I never put a label on my style. I can do traditional or contemporary, sophisticated or casual, high or low – sometimes all in the same room…and always inspired by fashion.
MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?
SK- With my father in the Air Force we moved every two years – finally settling down in Indianapolis, Indiana when I was in high school. When I look back on my life I have fond memories of my visits to both my grandparents homes that always remained constant. I really think that understanding that sense of place inspired me and my love of designing homes.
MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
SK- Something related to fashion…it always inspires me!
MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?
SK- I’m always inspired by the French – right now French modern. Jean-Michel Frank…Emile-Jacque Ruhlmann…Jacques Adnet….
MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?
SK- My bedroom and dressing room. The bedroom is a chalky white with the most beautiful periwinkle blue taffeta curtains. The dressing room walls are upholstered in the same periwinkle blue silk as the curtains. It creates the most luxurious detail.
MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?
SK- Wall art, black and white prints, small mirrors, small paintings, anything to add to my collage.
MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”
SK- I have a collection of fabulous costume jewelry – it is housed in an antique artists drawer lacquered white.
MDS – If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?
SK- Coco Chanel’s because she was so ahead of her time and has created a style that is still relevant today….also that time in Paris, French modern and fashion…
MDS- What do you want to be known for?
SK- What is so important to me is that I love to inspire people and show in my work how details and all things beautiful make a difference – it is not just about decorating. It changes peoples’ lives: staying authentic to what you love…
MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?
SK- Living beautifully…yet making it look effortless. Also, finding a way in one’s life to be involved and give back.