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 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 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 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 will just have to trust me....they are beautiful and full of wonderful wallpapers and the tile!

The book goes on to discuss the, 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!


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.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Are You Getting Ready Yet?

Thanksgiving is just now over and I am still full from the Turkey and pie. It is hard for me to get going right away on the next holiday......but I do like to prolong the spirit of I just had Tim bring all of the Christmas boxes in from the garage even though we don't yet have a tree. (I have a feeling the boxes will be an eyesore in the Living Room for longer than I had hoped!)

I am back to work today, and was checking my emails when I came across this charming Scandinavian inspired wooden tree from  possibiliTree. Originally designed by architect Dick Babcock in 1982 for his family, years went by until the design was patented (in 2002). Then the company possibilTree was born in 2005 and is still family owned and run.

The original tree is six feet tall and hangs from the ceiling 18" from the floor like a plumb line. How perfect is this for the person who wants no muss, no fuss?! The smaller tree is 3 feet high and perfect for a tabletop center piece. I have been collecting straw and painted wooden ornaments for a number of years and I can just imagine having them displayed on this little tree. I seem to end up with more ornaments than will fit on one I have had two trees the last few for the Living Room for my blown glass ornaments and gilded paper stars....and one for the Family Room with the ornaments that are less formal. It would be kind of nice to have a different sort of tree for a different sort of feel.....

Click on over HERE to read more about these clever, charming trees and find out more about pricing and ordering HERE.

So tell me........have any of you gotten your tree up yet? Are you in the fresh or artificial camp? Modern or traditional? New decorations to match this year's theme or stick with tradition and the ornaments you have been collecting for years? Do you have more than one tree or is one more than enough? Just think of the possibiliTrees! (hehe!)

I look forward to hearing and hopefully seeing all of your holiday decorating this year!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


 I am thankful for this exceptionally beautiful Fall season which brought just enough rain, just enough snap in the air and just enough blue sky to make the trees glow with gold and fire red.....

 I am thankful for the heart warming neighborhood I am so happy to live in with its wealth of trees, beautiful historic homes and wonderful neighbors.....

 I am thankful for our home which will always be a place of comfort to my soul....

I am thankful for my family whom I love with all of my heart. They even get up early to come to the Farmer's Market with me to buy persimmons.....

 And Bay Leaf Wreaths.....even when their beds are warm and cozy and it is hard to leave them......

 And I am very thankful to all of you who visit here and share your thoughts with me....

I wish you all the Happiest of Thanksgiving Holidays!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Baseballs and Ballet Slippers

A bowl of vintage baseballs and softballs makes for a fun display in front of  a Lake painting from 1924 (only $25!)

I find inspiration in many places. One place that never fails me is the Sacramento Antique Faire. There are so many talented merchandisers who have a knack for reinterpreting something old into something fresh. These purveyors of the past can sometimes turn nostalgia into one-of-a-kind displays of wit that make me rethink my own collections as well as those of my clients.

This time, I found everything from baseballs to ballet slippers, French canning jars and European flour sacks, Wicker Bee Skeps and wicker basketed demi-johns etched Coca Cola bottles, etched Coca Cola bottles and persimmons in wire baskets........     

French picking basket filled with ballet slippers

A collection of French canning jars

Flour sacks from German, France and Belgium....the stripes represent the signature of the owner . After the grain is milled, the miller returns the flour to the proper owner based on the identity striping.

We have seen so many uses for flour sacks....I still like them covering chairs and pillows
A collection of bee skeps
Wicker Demijohns and flour sack pillows

The pictures of the Flour Sacks, Bee Skeps, Ballet Slippers and canning jars above all came from the space put together by Dustin and Chris of Uber Chic Home. Check them out if you have a sec!

Vintage Coca Cola bottles look so pretty with the glass worn down like beach glass.
This minimal chaise was artfully draped and adorned with persimmons in such a way that reminded me of something Jane Austin.

More persimmons in Ironstone mugs

And there are always more surprises that stop me in my tracks, even as I am leaving the Faire with arms laden with yet more antler branches and boxes of shells......

The holidays are close at hand, and new inspiration for decorating is always welcome!

This display with the wicker sleigh filled with paper lanterns, the vintage Christmas boxes, and Japanese bust and concrete garden pagoda has given me ideas!
What brings you inspiration?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Perfect Time for Kinfolk

This is the time of year we think of family and friends, celebrating with food and music. We contemplate parties and get togethers....large and small.

A perfect time for KINFOLK......

A beautiful collaboration of creative thinkers who are interested in small gatherings .....

"simple, uncomplicated....less contrived...."

Check them out HERE.

Many thanks to 

Hill Country House for the Introduction!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Marin Designers Showcase: New Date!!

Art and Accents in the Guest Suite by Katie Denham Interiors
There was a little bump in the road....a little change in plans....

I have been getting ready to put together the design of the Guest Suite for the upcoming Marin Designers Showcase over the last couple of months, and everything has been coming together beautifully. Most of the furnishings, area rug, bedding, window coverings and art have been custom crafted for the space, and little by little everything has been finished. I was even able to add a pillow from Erin Keller at the last minute!

Even under the best of circumstances, design projects can encounter unforeseen challenges. In this case, the property site hit a few construction road blocks, sooooo......

The Marin Designers Showcase opening date has been changed....and all for the good! You know how there is a little let down after the holidays. The New Year stretches ahead and one often wishes there was something to break up those wintry first days........ Well, the Marin Designer Showcase has offered us all a wonderful event to look forward to!

The Opening Night Gala has been rescheduled to

  January 31st

with daily tours 

February 1st through February 26th

Culminating in....

A Designers Furnishings Sale on February 27th

I hope you all come out and see a fantastic Showcase!

Monday, November 7, 2011

This and That

A sweet little girl's bedroom reminds me of a fairy tale.

Projects are many at the moment, and not ready to show quite yet. 

But there are images I take along the way that seem to tell a little story....perhaps they are not ready for editorial space, but something about them makes me smile.

Collections and wonderful art create all of the character in a home. A Frank Stella piece with a collection of vintage Mercury Glass make an interesting combination.
Wishing smiles for you all this evening!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Stuff: Perennials Outdoor Fabrics

Things are hopping here at Katie Denham Interiors. I have lots to tell you all, but I need a little more time to compose myself and a new blog post!

So I will leave you with some NEW fabrics from Perennials! Just a little peek....there are many more to come. The new collection is called Road Trippin', and features exotic prints influenced by French, Spanish and Moorish patterns. Updated with vibrant colors, this collection is fantastic!

For information on availability and pricing, just send me a line!