I’ve known Katie for a few years—she is the sister in law of my dear friend Helen Pennoyer. Before founding her own firm Katie Ridder Interior Design and Decoration in 1995, Katie was an editor at House & Garden and House Beautiful and in the early 1990’s she had a great home furnishings store on the Upper East Side.
Katie’s work has been featured in all the top shelter magazines and she (herself) has been featured on the cover of House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Not surprisingly, Katie is on the list of “Top 100 designers” in New York Magazine, Elle Decor and House Beautiful.
I love Katie’s design sensibility and especially her use of color. I also love that she was willing to answer so many of my questions!
Bead it up! (I like to wear a lot of jewelry.)
Diana Vreeland (1)
Best style advice:
My best attribute is my long legs so I wear short skirts with tights, even though at my age I shouldn’t.
Jeans and an embroidered top from Irving & Fine (2), Carolina Herrera or Oscar de la Renta.
Oversized cable-knit sweater and leggings or jeans
You can never have too many:
Jewels! I wear lots of beads and Georgian-inspired paste jewelry by my friend Emily Satloff of Larkspur and Hawk.
On your wrist:
Franck Muller watch, Iradj Moini cuff
Bag you’re carrying and contents:
Limited edition Loewe bag from Bergdorfs. It’s mauve, red and purple! Inside: Sunglasses, Blackberry, lip gloss, the New York Times for my train ride.
I’m more into accessories, so it would be a piece of JAR jewelry (3).
My husband’s new book (4), Peter Pennoyer Architects: Reimagining Architectural Traditions.
ABC Kitchen (5)
Favorite night out:
Rebecca’s in Greenwich
Prelude to Love by Kilian Hennessy (6)
Apothia Los Angeles “Verde”
I love Turkish evil eyes (7). I have scarves with them, shoes, my dining room chairs are embroidered with them. I also collect antique jewelry.
3 Beauty essentials:
Anthelios sunscreen, Lancome mascara, Chanel blush.
A house is not a home without:
A home should never be:
Fluorescently lit or without books. Katie Ridder Interior (8).
One with a sense of humor and adventure.
My favorite color combinations right now:
Magenta, aubergine and brown. Blue and red and also always my faves.
Favorite piece of furniture:
A cabinet to house curiousities.
Favorite way to entertain:
When my husband Peter cooks! Yorkshire pudding, roast beef and horseradish.
Always on the menu:
Oreo cookies for dessert.
On your nightstand:
Marie Antoinette by Stefan Zweig.
On your iPod:
Stevie Wonder, Eagles, Bee Gees–all 80s music.
Favorite home away from home:
My parent’s house in Kukio, on the big island of Hawaii and Mishaum Point, Mass–a Pennoyer family house.
Favorite family activity:
Family dinner almost 7 days a week. And stand-up paddling in Hawaii with dolphins every Christmas.
Always searching for the perfect…..
Double-breasted wool-blend felt coat
Pierce gold-plated choker
Pierce medium embellished leather shoulder bag
Tie-backgathered stretch-cotton jersey top
Jacquard-knit midi skirt
open flat ballerina shoes
Ritzy A-line wool-blend skirt
Emil leather ankle boots
Snake-trimmed intrecciato leather shoulder bag
Grosgrain-trimmed ruffled cotton-velvet jacket
Pleated cotton-velvet culottes
Woven canvas clogs