Claire Ratliff, Design Partner, developed her love of interior design in her hometown Austin, exposed to classical Southern style through her mother, a designer and avid antique collector. After attending the University of Texas at Austin, Claire continued her studies as a graduate student in London where she became well versed in art history and design. After working for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, she joined C&K in 2001 where she has been a pivotal contributor to the firm’s success, highlighted by her designs for the Colorado Ranch and the historic John Volk home in Palm Beach, Florida. Recognized for her expertise in antiques, Claire is an annual participant in Europe’s finest antique shows and artfully marries architecture and furnishings in all spaces. She has a gift for color theory which is evident in the lively yet elegant residences she’s completed. Claire lives in New York City and enjoys traveling with friends and family.
Sarah DePalo, a native from Richmond, Virginia graduated from Denison University with a BA in Studio Art and later received her Certificate in Fine and Decorative Arts from Christie’s Education in London. Her career began in the auction world where she worked for a reputable group of auction houses from Florence, Italy to Washington DC. She eventually landed in New York where she worked for Sotheby’s in both Client Services and the Contemporary Art Department for several years before coming to Cullman & Kravis in 2004. Sarah has given way to many remarkable yet comfortable interiors around the country. Most noteworthy, she has completed projects in a landmarked building in New York’s theater district, a historic pre-war apartment and is currently working on a waterfront property in Palm Beach. Living in the city with her husband, Sarah is an avid animal lover who is constantly fostering strays and volunteers weekly at the Animal Care & Control of NY.
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