Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Accessible Luxury

I don't consider myself a person who revels in luxury , or perhaps I should say that luxurious things are not always what tickle my fancy. "Luxurious" spaces are often intimidating and stuffy to me. If I ever (and it's rare) find myself in one, you can guarantee I'll be the girl spilling red wine everywhere and telling a crude joke that will NOT be laughed at (except by B of course). It's true friends, on top of being slightly unsophisticated, I'm also a klutz.
I think I like Katie Ridder's designs so much because, for me, she makes luxurious spaces accessible. Perhaps it's her bold use of color...

...or unexpected motifs...

...or maybe it's her use of pattern...

...or that I can see myself relaxing in the spaces she creates...

...or even eating in them (and hopefully not spilling the wine)!

all photos via Katie Ridder
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Speaking of finer things...let's chat about the winner of the Gugaw giveaway!
According to the ever trusty Random.org the lucky winner is #72! Tania, that would be you! Make sure to visit the shop if you haven't already. Thank you Claire for such a lovely giveaway!

28 comments:

Sanity Fair said...

The green is my favorite! Great look - would love to do a kitchen in green and gold!

Gabbi said...

Gorgeous... I love her use of color!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

...le sigh*
Love the abstract painting on the 1st photo, great focal point! ~xo*

courtney said...

yes, yes, YES! i'm the girl spilling the red wine, too. i love those houses that are in design magazines that are all-white everything; except for the fact that i can't even wear white pants without inadvertently spilling some chocolate or spaghetti sauce on them.

my absolute favourite is that first pic - the mix of colours and textures is to die for, plus that chandelier? pure class ... that i don't have to worry about breaking. ;)

Crystal @ Plush Palate said...

Just wanted to drop you a note letting you know I think you're a lovely writer :)

Jenna said...

She does have some great designs. Her mix of materials is what gives off the luxurious appeal. She picks just the right ones!

Callie Grayson said...

i too completely adore Katie Ridder interiors. She is one of my favorites!!

Laura Trevey said...

Gorgeous Art at the top!!!
wow .... amazing color!

xo Laura

TheBeautyFile said...

Love all of these! Especially that top chandelier!!

Renée T. Bouchard said...

I just love that fourth room- the daybed looks so inviting. I can totally see myself curling up and taking a nap in it!

Paulina said...

beautiful!!!!

~KS said...

I think I've had dreams about that purple room with the zebra print rug... ooooh I just love it. Someday I want a room just like that in my house.

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

How did I not know about your fabulous site until NOW?
love this bright glamour style with bold streaks of modernism striking through it...lovely!
Have a fabulous evening!
Char.

Lily G. said...

gorgeous rooms!

Tamstyles said...

great pics girl..deep pockets

leni said...

i'm dying for a zebra rug!!!

ana b. said...

I like the text for this post, Christina! There is something off-putting about living spaces that are too put-together. Like a hotel lobby of sorts.

That wall with flowers! WIN!

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

i'm partial to none, really. they're all unique and luxurious.

Sam said...

...oh! That top one especially! I could handle living there I think!

ticklishfromadistance said...

Very inviting and beautiful.

avant garde said...

i'm definitely the girl saying something i would think is funny and no one would be laughing. i could so see that happening. funny. i'm adoring that last photo of that kitchen space, that unbelievable flooring, that leather bench seat at the table. such an eclectic space. the more imperfect, the more comfortable i believe. great post!

Southern Aspirations said...

Love Katie Ridder! And I am the girl spilling her red wine (I tend to drink white at parties- though I prefer red- simply because of the spill factor!).

These spaces are luxe but very livable as well. Which to me, is the perfect combo.

Huma said...

Ooh I want that eiffel tower in the second-last pic!
H x

The Cottage Cheese said...

That blue room is outstanding! I find it calming yet really fun at the same time. I could be so productive in this room, and afterward take a lovely relaxing nap.

GUGAW said...

ooh well done tania! thanks for hosting my giveaway lovely lady!

Hanako66 said...

such gorgeous interiors!

Courtney said...

I really love that little blue and green guest room/office. I have a similar retro couch, that I'd love to turn into a bed. What a great use of such a small space.

Bromeliad said...

Nice. I like her style - glam but fun. Love the flowers on the wall and the zebra.

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