Shades of Cute

Posted on April 25th, by katiekmack in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

My four children are an endless source of design inspiration for me. From their insanely clever artwork, to the funky treads on their sneakers, to the cool geometric patterns in their math textbooks, they constantly influence my work as an interior designer.

So when my wonderful friend and fellow Corcoran alum Susie Kwon gave my daughter Maeve this beautiful outfit, I was immediately drawn to its vibrant, chromatic stripes. Thanks to the very generous Susie, and to my tiny muse, Miss Maeve.



These Are a Few of My Favorite Things: Phillip Jeffries Star Dust Silk Wallcovering

Posted on April 23rd, by katiekmack in Uncategorized. 1 Comment

Just got home from my first visit to High Point Market in North Carolina–such a thrill to see all the beautiful furnishings and to meet so many friendly and supportive fellow designers!  After giving the house a good scrub-down from the “Mom’s Out of Town So Let’s Eat Chinese Food in Every Room of the House Party” that appears to have been held in my absence, I wanted to share some of the beautiful finds I made at the Market.

One of my absolute favorite sources for wallcoverings, Phillip Jeffries Ltd., was displaying their new Spring 2012 Collection. With choices ranging from their menswear-inspired Herringbone, richly textured Horsehair, to industrial-chic Rivets, the collection is at once both stunning and innovative:

For me, Phillip Jeffries Star Dust Silk Collection is the bee’s knees. Woven of fine silk with a metallic sheen, these wallcoverings … Read More »

Design Road Trip: High Point Market Week

Posted on April 20th, by katiekmack in Uncategorized. 3 comments


I am hitting the road today headed for High Point, North Carolina, the epicenter of the home furnishings industry. Wonderful American furniture companies such as Hickory Chair were founded in this part of the country. High Point Market Week, held twice annually, is the largest furniture trade show in the world: 10 million square feet of exhibit space, filled to the brim with the latest and greatest in design.  Some of my favorite brands, Visual Comfort, Baker Furniture, Oly, Global Views, Bungalow 5 and Made Goods will all be exhibitors at the Market. I will be posting more from the road—and hopefully tucking into some delicious Carolina barbeque!

Rooms to Remember: Michael S. Smith

Posted on April 20th, by katiekmack in Uncategorized. No Comments

The best place to start is usually at the beginning. I could start all the way back in my childhood bedroom, with it’s delicate blue and pink striped rosebud wallpaper, pink table lamp with pleated pink gingham lampshade and built-in wicker nightlight, and white lacquer campaign chest, but that might be heading back a bit too far. The first interior I saw that made me want to pursue a professional career in interior design was a New York City apartment designed by Michael S. Smith for model Cindy Crawford. The way a musician might hear a tune once and recall every note, I visually retain every fabric, finish and form from that lovely apartment. I was moved at once by the home’s classical beauty while at the same time won over by its warmth and very personal charm. This apartment … Read More »


Posted on April 19th, by katiekmack in Uncategorized. No Comments

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