Katie Ridder

Photographs courtesy of Eric Piasecki/OTTO

I’m inspired by… Josef Frank. I love the Japanese quality in his work. The way that he colors his dots is so interesting to me, along with his imagery and his unsure color combinations.

My latest obsession is… Giacometti tables. Their simple, organic form and whimsical nature appeal to me.

You can’t go wrong… making sure your inspirations are personal.

When I hit a creative wall… I look at design books in my library.

My favorite color is… orange because it reminds me of a sunrise.

You can never have enough… books. My favorites are A Gentleman in Moscow, Chasing the Rose and The Signature of All Things.

If I weren’t a designer, I would be… a gardener. My love for gardening really started once I moved into a house with a garden, about twenty-two years ago. Creating a great garden is much like creating a beautiful interior. I’m always thinking about what colors, textures and shapes I can put together, and how they will endure throughout the seasons.

A home library full of design books provides plenty of inspiration.

Favorite perk of my job is… lunch with my husband every day!

On my coffee table, you will find… The Thoughtful Gardener: An Intelligent Approach to Garden Design by Jinny Blom.

The last show I binge-watched was… The Americans.

The best compliment I ever received was… Don Henley asking me to help him buy a carpet after meeting him backstage. A friend of mine knows him and took me backstage at one of his concerts!

My dream project would be… a house for the Obamas in Hawaii.

The biggest risk I took with color was… painting my stair rail cherry red.

Dahlias flourish in the cutting garden.

If I could go anywhere in the world… I’d visit India. The fabrics, colors and architecture give me such wanderlust!

Something you may not know about me… I collect rocks, tree bark, eggs…. I’m a nature scavenger.

My favorite piece in my home… is a daybed I had made for the Kips Bay Show House fifteen years ago. The back is made up of three leaf shapes, and it adds a sculptural element to my bedroom.

On a weekend, you’ll find me… in my garden. I work in my garden eight to ten hours on Saturday and Sunday when I’m in Millbrook. I have a cutting garden, a flower garden and a woodland garden.




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