January 14th, 2011

Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Interior Designer Katie Ridder

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 Ridder's Rooms

Katie Ridder Interiors

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!

Katie Ridder's Favorite Things

Katie and jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski (upper right), Katie and her husband Peter Pennoyer (middle)

Style motto:
Bead it up! (I like to wear a lot of jewelry.)

Style icon:
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.

Weekend uniform:
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.

Designer dream:
I’m more into accessories, so it would be a piece of JAR jewelry (3).

Hostess gift:
My husband’s new book (4), Peter Pennoyer Architects: Reimagining Architectural Traditions.

Lunch spot:
ABC Kitchen (5)

Favorite night out:
Rebecca’s in Greenwich

Prelude to Love by Kilian Hennessy (6)

Home Scent:
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 doggie.

A home should never be:
Fluorescently lit or without books.  Katie Ridder Interior (8).

Dream client:
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.

Everyday dishes:
Anything from Treillage. I love the Anduze green silverplate flatware (9) and the blue-and-white fine spoke design bowls.

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.

Fave sites:
Net-a-porter, Remodelista, A Way To Garden, the Daily Beast, Style Court.

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…..
Wallpaper idea.


What's New


Laser-engraved logo belt


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat

  • Now I am feeling all pressured to keep up with the company you put me in, oh dear oh dear. (Tee hee.) Thank you. So nice to “find” you.

    Margaret RoachJanuary 14th, 2011  9:24 PM

  • Love ABC Kitchen also. Jean George did did it again.


    Paul Byron DownsJanuary 15th, 2011  11:47 AM

  • Just came across your blog and as an interior design I loved the combination of design and lifestyle. This post on Katie is very inspirational – it is so wonderful to see great style on the web. Thanks for the fabulous post – I will definitely be back!

    Jamie HerzlingerJanuary 17th, 2011  11:51 AM

  • How kind of you; what a nice holiday present to see some of your visitors over on my blog. Thank you, and happy new year.

    Margaret RoachDecember 28th, 2011  1:02 PM

  • Where can you buy Katie Ridder wallpaper? I love it!

    EmilySeptember 28th, 2012  10:05 AM

  • Where can I buy or order katie ridder’s wallpaper

    Roxie BurtonJuly 4th, 2013  6:06 PM

  • I’m also wanting to buy Katie’s wallpaper, specifically the cream version of the sailboats. Any help would be appreciated!

    MeganSeptember 4th, 2013  10:02 PM

  • This woman is a true American Beauty.

    rita rosenblumSeptember 16th, 2013  8:48 PM


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