don’t know why, but at the first of every new year i always become obsessed with spring, maybe it’s the idea of new beginnings and fresh starts. spring makes me think  bright and cheerful thoughts, there is a sense of endless possibilities- i think it’s the excitement of blooming flowers, vibrant trees, bright skies and brilliant sunshine. what’s funny and this wasn’t planned, this is what i think of when i think of designer katie ridders work- how ironic that my mds interview with her so happens to be the first of 2014- that’s what i call a bright start!

i love katies work- she creates vibrant, happy and interesting interiors, a feast for the eyes. i love her use of color and her innate understanding of print. every room she does is a journey for me, i think they tell a story, there is depth and character, everything feels alive, i think that is why her work comes to mind when i think of spring.

i’m a huge fan of her fabrics and wall-paper collections too- amazing! i use them in all my projects. her book katie ridder rooms/ buy here, is an absolute favorite. every page and every project tells a story- a story of color, a lesson on pattern and a party with prints. it’s all just perfect!

i can’t think of a better way to kick-off the mds interviews for 2014 than with an interview with katie- it’s all about a bright start! enjoy!

MDS- How would you define your style?

KR- My specialty is mixing sprite hues of color in comfortable settings.


MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

KR- I grew up in Northern California about 30 miles south of SF.  The casual California look definitely influenced my work. No matter how lavish a project my projects remain accessible, family friendly, and subtly practical.



MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

KR- Being a horticulturalist would be the top of my list. I have a big passion for gardening.


MDS- 1.4 Who or what is inspiring you right now?

KR- My gardening friends are my big inspirations right now – Page Dickey, Frances Palmer, Timothy Tilghman, the gardeners at Wave Hill and the New York Botanical Garden. I visit a garden once a week to help me in my own garden.  Jewelry designers inspire me – Mish Tworkowski and James de Givenchy, David Webb.  Interior designers – Alidad, Tom Scheerer, Miles Redd, Jeffrey Bilhuber, Robert Kime, Nicky Haslam and Alberto Pinto. Architects: Karl Schinkel, John Soane, Edwin Lutyens.

The New York Botanical Garden




David Webb showroom designed by katie

James de Givenchy earrings 

Mish Tworkowski coral necklace



MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

KR- My living room because it has the highest ceilings and is the tidiest room in the house.



MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

KR- I’m collecting Magiscopes right now.



MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many __________ .”

KR- “I could never own too many dahlia tubers.”



MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house- who’s would it be and why?

KR- George Clooney’s villa on Lake Cuomo. Enough said.


MDS- What do you want to be known for?

KR- Happy clients.


MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

KR- Things that stand the test of time.


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