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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

10.23.2011

Inspired by Katie


[Photo my own]

Over the weekend, I spotted these baby ranges in the window of the Viking store on Peachtree Street. A kitchen re-do (particularly a renovation with a special oven) certainly isn't something I'll be doing anytime soon. Still, I had a vision: small, relatively modest Old School white kitchen punctuated with a little red range and a Katie Ridder-esque lantern made with Indian cotton.


[Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]


[Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]


[Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011. Pierre Frey fabric used for drum shade.]

Now, Katie's projects aren't usually modest. Her new book is filled with spacious (although very approachable) rooms, high-end design, and master craftsmanship. But throughout the pages I'm finding all sorts of ideas applicable to humbler digs. Perhaps not so surprising since she's always been one to roll up her sleeves and pick up a paintbrush or needle and thread.


[Photo by Lucas Allen ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]

As mentioned in two previous posts, Katie has been doing serious needlework since she was a tween and she has a genuine passion for craft and fine art. Her interests shine through in bespoke touches like intricately detailed upholstered headboards and custom lampshades.  The shades I wanted to highlight because they are typically more attainable. (I receive no perks for saying this, but I've had good experiences at Sunlighting and at Lamp Arts in Atlanta.) Of course, some of the headboards are the stuff of dreams. Case in point: the Moorish-inspired Lisa Fine piece, above, with delicate metallic Indian embroidery.


[Photo by Lucas Allen ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]

Indian, Turkish, and Far Eastern influences are reoccurring threads in Katie's work. Before it was mainstream in the U.S., she developed a zeal for Turkish design spied at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. This headboard is upholstered in tobacco-colored corduroy; red cotton welting echos the hue of the Thai lamp. 


[Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]

Like her favorite artist, Matisse, Katie is a student of textiles and has fun layering them.


[Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]

In the book, Heather Smith MacIsaac writes that Katie learned from the artist ways to combine luscious colors and pull together a composition. Above, the designer used custom-figured-and-colored de Gournay paper to unify varied shades ranging from coral to lavender.


[Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]

For her own wallpaper collection, Katie "figures out imagery, scale, and color by hand, unaided by technology save for a copy machine that facilitates playing with scale," explains Smith MacIsaac.


[Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]

More nods to Matisse: an African stool (lower right hand corner) and Moroccan tile.


I also learned from the book that Katie is a big fan of Maison Gatti bistro chairs.


[Photo by Jay Ackerman ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.]
This post represents only a smattering of what is seen in the large volume. A real range of styles is encompassed in roughly 240 pages. But above you can glimpse something that's not included: Katie was generous enough to send me a picture of one of her very early projects -- a quilted fish pillow made at age twelve.

 [Image via Anthro]

Speaking of childhood and stitchcraft, how great is this embroidery-like cover of Penguin's new edition of Black Beauty?

5 comments:

Kerry said...

Fascinating post, now I want to make something.

Tokyo JInja said...

Definitely on my holiday list! Hmmm...wondering if amazon Japan will get it.

Bria Lena said...

Your blog is endlessly inspiring--thank you! I am dreaming of buying some of the Katie Ridder fabric and having some custom lampshades made. Wow, her prints are wonderful. And I need the book now too!

Style Court said...

Bria -- thank you! Your comment made my afternoon. I think several of Katie's prints would be terrific as a lampshade.

Style Court said...

Kerry -- glad this inspired!

Jacqueline -- finger's crossed :)