Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Give Away: Katie Ridder Rooms


 There is never a better time of year to win a GIVE AWAY than the Holiday Season, is there? You can always use that extra gift for that special someone....or why not give yourself a gift? You deserve it! 

One of my very favorite books this season is the bright and beautiful book showcasing the wealth of talent that is Katie Ridder. Author Heather Smith MacIsaac takes us into Katie Ridder ROOMS showing off Katie's creativity and daring use of color with abandon. Looking through the pages of this book is like eating your favorite dessert....oh, say a triple layer coconut cake or Laduree macaroons..... without ever thinking about the calories....delicious and decadent without the guilt.


Not only are the photos spectacular and large, but the graphic design of the book is so pretty as well. Each chapter is organized by room, and every title page sports a color illustration of a pattern found in one of Katie's charming wallpapers. The book begins with Entrances and Stair Halls. Katie says," More than a wow factor, I look for a delight factor when I design front halls." And shouldn't one be delighted every time one steps into a home?

This is Katie's own Entry Hall with its teal painted front door.
I love design books. As a designer myself always on the search for inspiration, I will always go to a book organized in a way that is most useful. So I have great appreciation when a book is organized by room, or in any other logical reference friendly manner. Katie's book moves on to the Living Room next. Her philosophy about the Living sits as well with me as her style....." A living Room should be as enticing a place to read a book as it is to entertain. The room must have more than one use." So true....otherwise it may end up an unused space as families often migrate to the room where there is a television more often than not. The more uses a Living Room has, the more likely it will be enjoyed. 

Katie shows photos of homes from East Coast to West including many photos of her own home, which I love! The one below is a Nantucket vacation home in lavender hues....a bit different than the expected blue.

Nantucket Living Room.
The next chapter is devoted to Studies and Family Rooms. Katie says, " Family rooms should invite gathering and stand up to the accumulations that come with an active life". Amen! Perhaps I could use a little more help in that "accumulation" department. Any thought on piles of paper, overflowing magazines and homework, Katie? I never seem able to keep up. Katie always has a place for books, closed storage for hiding more "stuff", comfortable seating and good reading lighting. 

Katie's Library with its Suzani covered sofa. 
Color and pattern are Katie's forte, and she uses these tools to create such cozy, fresh and inviting spaces. A great example is the sun room in this Arkansas home. Katie used Moroccan cement tiles to create  a carpet effect
Arkansas Sun Room
Next up are the Dining Rooms. Katie divulges her secrets for the perfect Dining Room chair here....you will have to get the book to find out the secret either by winning the Give Away or buying the book for yourselves! Maybe you can figure out a few details by looking at these photos......

Arkansas Dining Room where color perks up what can sometimes be an overlooked room.
One thing her Dining Rooms are is luscious. The color overflows and you realize there is fun to be had here. Pass a little more wine please!

Whimsical Weeping Willow and Ikat covered chairs dance beside a 1930'smirrored console.
Kitchens are next, and there is always a little something extra over and above the no nonsense utility. In this kitchen, Katie stripes the wooden floor planks and added that pop of color on the light fixture....


And here, Katie used a green paint to highlight the window frames.....such a little thing, but it makes all the difference....


Now we head to the Bedrooms. So pretty..... so unique. I love them all. I will just have to have another house or two.....one can dream, no?

Beautiful wallpaper by Katie Ridder. She has been producing the papers since 2009.
Every headboard is a custom creation and makes each room special. No two are alike....no identifiable retail beds here.  I particularly like the pelmet edge detail in this teenager's room here.....


I wish I had images of some of the bathrooms to show you....you will just have to trust me....they are beautiful and full of wonderful wallpapers and the tile!

The book goes on to discuss the Details....lighting, upholstery, custom embroidery, tile, wallpapers (Katie's own designs), with many photos and design ideas. I feel like I am learning all o her secrets here!

Katie also shares her many sources for furnishings, fabrics, and all of the other treasures in these rooms.

Impressed yet?

So ....on to the GIVE AWAY!



1) Hop on over to the The Vendome Press and take a moment to look around. See the facebook link? Go ahead and "friend" them.
2) Become a follower on the katiedid blog by clicking the google friend connect button on the right. For those of you who subscribe through email, you only need to hop over to the website to see the sidebar.
3) Click on the "comment" link at the bottom of this post and leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts about Katie Ridder and her colorful style!
4) Make sure I can contact you by including an email address, or make sure your username has a link to a contact email.
5) The Cut Off date to enter is December 6th,  at 5:00PM PST. I will announce the winner the next day, December 7th!

GOOD LUCK

and, as always, thank you for reading!

All photos by Eric Piasecki, and in the spirit of full disclosure, many thanks to the generous folks at The Vendome Press for sending me this beautiful book!!!! I will treasure it.

46 comments:

Renée Finberg said...

this was a real treat!
she is so very talented...
her colors,
the patterns & the chosen scale she has used in her paper that you have shown in your post seems to be near perfection.

happy holidays xx

Jessica said...

I cannot get enough of Katie Ridder! love her style!

Jessica said...

love her style!!!

sydney85 said...

This is a lovely style book. I am a huge fan of Katie Ridder. Hope I am a winner.

sydney85 said...

I am a google friend connect.

masperle@austin.rr.com

Kate Lewis said...

Love her use of color and pattern! What a fab giveaway :)

katelewisart.com

Laura said...

Stunning! Every picture, amazing use of colour!

lauraderikandbrendan@hotmail.com

Splendid Sass said...

Follower of course! Liked Vendome.
I love the unique color choices Katie makes. She really know how to mix it up a bit!
Great giveaway, Katie.
Teresa
xoxo

Lauren said...

Have heard great things about this book. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Jill said...

Love Katie's style! Fingers crossed!

anita said...

Katie, I would love to win this book! I blogged about it last week -- it is spectacular!

Stephanie said...

Love all her colorful designs!

vicki archer said...

This is a fabulous giveaway Katie... what a gorgeous book. I love her use of colour... xv

Allie said...

I have loved Katie Ridder for some time now and can't wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks for posting!

My Interior Life said...

What a fabulous giveaway! I have always loved Katie Ridder's fearless use of color and pattern. The room on the cover is one of my favorites. I've done all the above ("liked" Vendome, was already a follower, etc.).

Thanks again!
Kathy@myinteriorlife

Susie @ Maddie's Nest said...

This book is on my Christmas list already....I saw a review on another site (lucky bloggers who get free copies!) and really loved that basketweave backsplash in the kitchen. I was in a house with a black and white basketweave backsplash before Thanksgiving and have been wanting to do a post as it was so simple/classic and looked so good....but I couldn't find a single image online of something similar...until I saw this. Cannot wait to devour the book.

Jen Jen Qld said...

I love Katie's skill with colour!

I'm already a follower and have been over to Vendome Press and liked.

Fingers and toes crossed :)
jenjenqld@gmail.com

Kim Kirkland said...

I want this book! It looks great and I'd love to see it on my coffee table!

My Notting Hill said...

This one's on my Christmas list too. Love her use of color and patterned fabric.

Karena said...

I adore Katie Ridder's design style!!

It would be so exciting to win this book!! I am your faithful follower and Like Vendome Press on Facebook as well!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Terrie Hall said...

Katie Ridder's use of color makes me a huge fan! I love to use color in everything I do, and when it pops, like the green window in that kitchen, it makes me very happy!

thall@designthehallway.com

Betty said...

I'd love to have this book. I love a lot of color too so Katie's style really appeals to me. Great giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Katie really knows how to infuse with the unexpected, and make you excited about the space. Thanks for sharing these great images.

Cara said...

Love you Katie!
Caracv@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Oh how I'd love to have this book for Christmas! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

AB
aabomb@comcast.net

Kellie Collis said...

These are gorgeous! Each space is just fabulous! Have a wonderful day, Kellie xx

ArchitectDesign™ said...

I love Katie -count me in!

kelleyp said...

Katie Ridder's book is on my wish list. hope i win it! love her style and her amazing wallpapers.
Thanks much
Kelley

Kim Barnett said...

These are great images! Each has a beautiful pop of unexpected color but the color isn't something I would tire of. Very cheerful - thanks for brightening my day!

jeanine @ i heart interiors said...

What a great giveaway! I love Katie Ridder's style and much of that is due to all the color she uses.

Vintage Hill said...

Inspiring work of perfection sure to satisfy a design addiction!

EAE said...

I'm learning to be more comfortable with color & pattern- this looks like a great resource!

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Would love the book, she's so talented. Great giveaway Katie, thanks. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Kelly said...

Have been wanting this book!! I love Katie Ridder's style

Cindy White said...

Love this book and would love to give it to my sister for Christmas

Anonymous said...

Wow, can she use color and pattern--exotic, yet traditional, love the combinations.
bmundall@aol.com

Dovecote Decor said...

Thanks for coming over to visit my blog and store! I would love to win the Katie Ridder book. I "Liked" Vendome Press on facebook, followed you, and now am commenting. We are on the same wavelength--I just sent a box of pears to a friend. Maybe you'll win our chest!
Best,
Liz
liz@dovecotedecor.com

Simple Dwellings said...

Thanks so much for this amazing giveaway! I love her use of color and creativity when putting her rooms together. The striped floor in the kitchen was beautiful! I would love to be considered for this giveaway.
simpledwellings1@gmail.com

despar2 said...

Wow!! I love this post. Love seeing her designs and her fearlessness in the usage of color. Makes me want to kick up the color meter in my home. This book would be a great inspiration for me : )

Anonymous said...

Wasn't previously familiar with Katie Ridder but am definitely going to follow her career now! Thanks for the introduction :) I'm a big fan of prints and color. It's nice t o see how she uses it in every room of the house.

allisonvega [at] gmail [dot] com

Mary said...

I just love Katie Ridder's style and her use of color and patterns. This book is definitely on my 'wish list'!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Having been a fan of Katie's for years, I'd LOVE this!!
Great giveaway!

Elizabeth said...

Love the lavender beach house-so unexpected!!

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Mike Bishop7 said...

I came across your blog while searching online and looking at different Nantucket vacation rentals for a summer vacation. I'm happy I did because that lavender room is one of the best designed and decorated rooms I have ever seen! I can only hope the place I settle on can look even a little like this. Thank
you for sharing this article, I'm going to make sure to look up more of Kate's work.

Ashton Jones said...

Using a Nantucket vacation rental is the best course of action.