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Episode 270: Katie Ridder


As New York Home observed about Katie Ridder, her “trademark is the ease with which she bridges cultures and continents, high and low art, periods and styles. Yet to call her work eclectic is to miss the point, for while it reflects diverse influences, it’s recognizably the product of a single sensibility- one with a distinctive take on color, texture, proportion and scale.”


Katie Ridder’s extraordinary dexterity with palettes of primary and secondary colors, her playful approach to mixing antiques and modern pieces, and her eye for unusual decorative accents have all established her as a leading, and singular, figure in the world of interior design.


Clients from Switzerland to Virginia have commissioned her to design the interiors of spaces as varied and unique as Japanese pavilions, Palm Beach estates, Park Avenue apartments, and downtown lofts.  Recently, Katie has expanded her reach by creating a wallpaper and fabric line, represented at Holland & Sherry showrooms throughout the country, as well as in Europe.


Ridder’s work has been published in ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, THE NEW YORK TIMES, ELLE DÉCOR, TOWN & COUNTRY, HOUSE & GARDEN, DOMINO, and HOUSE BEAUTIFUL.  ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, ELLE DÉCOR and HOUSE BEAUTIFUL have featured her projects on their covers. She has appeared on the “Top 100” list of designers for HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, ELLE DÉCOR, and NEW YORK MAGAZINE.  In addition, Katie’s first book ROOMS was published by Vendome Press in 2011 and is in its third printing.  Her second book, to be released September 2016, and co-authored with her husband, architect Peter Pennoyer, chronicles their collaboration on the family’s country house and garden in Millbrook, NY.


Katie’s design work extends to her involvement with many groups.  She is currently the 2nd Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors of The Decorator’s Club.  She serves on The Friends of Horticulture at Wave Hill, The Patrons Council at the New York Botanical Garden, and is a member of the Corporation of the NYBG, where she also serves on the Horticulture committee.

Explore Katie’s Website here

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