Katie Kime’s Colorful House in Austin Is Everything
November 4, 2015 - accent chair
Whether during home or in her travels, Katie Kime sees a universe in color. She loves splendid Moroccan poufs, Otomi embroidery, and Turkish kilims. In Rwanda, she was dazzled by a rows of fabric and baskets piled high in internal markets. “Color in these countries is so splendid and confidant and fearless: pinkish with orange, red with pink,” says Kime, an artist and designer. “There usually aren’t so many manners about tone in many of a places I’ve traveled.” Kime translates that merriment for a some-more resigned American palette in her eponymous brand, that began as an interiors website in 2013, and has now stretched to a brick-and-mortar salon in Austin, Texas, that’s filled with patterned dresses, chuck pillows, and wallpaper. The ensuing designs are heterogeneous to contend a least: preppy and fun, with genealogical motifs, dainty artwork, and repeating prints that have a striking point-of-view.
Nowhere is this cultured some-more clear than in her home. Secluded on 3 wooded acres usually dual miles from downtown Austin, a residence is a investigate in receptive churned prints. Kime, who grew adult in North Carolina, was drawn to a property’s limestone architecture, a pointer of a classical Southern homes of her childhood. It also helped that a 1990’s structure had been recently renovated. “[It] was updated and didn’t feel like a hulk project,” she says. “But adequate indispensable to be finished that in my settlement universe that seemed fun.” The residence already had a gentle blueprint ideal for entertaining, with a kitchen issuing into a vital room and screened-in porch, though Kime transposed a travertine tile with hardwood flooring for a warmer, some-more mouth-watering feel. She also infused her celebrity throughout, incorporating her possess black-and-white speckled wallpaper in a breakfast nook, a fuchsia carpet in a dining room, and an passionate silent pattern in a powder room. “I’m unequivocally eclectic,” she says. “For me, it’s whatever works in a space.”
For her master suite, Kime envisioned a shelter from daily life—“We have 3 kids. It’s crazy,” she says—so she reconfigured a strange bedroom and an adjacent corridor and investigate into a space that now serves as a master wing, with dim walls resisting a sun-filled area, a tiny library, and a vast closet that she swathed in a pleasant banana-leaf print. “With a closet we can be a small some-more adventurous since everybody doesn’t have to see it, it can be kind of your fun space. That’s because we went large in there.” Sliding stable doors, done by a internal woodworker, apart a apartment from a categorical vital room. “The canopy bed feels like you’re in a hotel, a dim navy walls feel warm,” she says. “We usually attempted to make it as tucked divided as possible.”
The conflicting is loyal of her children’s rooms, for that Kime enlisted assistance from a friend, interior engineer Sarah Wittenbraker. “[She’s] unequivocally a usually engineer we would trust,” she says. To start, Wittenbraker started with a lighter tone intrigue and chose a cold brew of art, lighting, and seat that any of Kime’s 3 children could grow into, including a stylish bentwood match from Design Within Reach and a striking John Robshaw quilt. In her daughter’s girly sleeping quarters, Kime pinned and taped faux-silk flowers to a wall to emanate a regretful gallery-like installation. “The tough thing was removing a right palette, an indeterminate brew of corals and whites and pinks,” she says.
For a categorical vital areas, “I knew we wanted all to be silken white with splendid pops of color,” Kime says. In a family room, a worldly black-and-white backdrop provides a clarity of play that allows any accent to shine, from cubist bullion list lamps to classical blue-and-white chinoiserie vases. Upstairs, a neutral grasscloth-clad corridor is enlivened with teal chevrons on a ceiling, and gold-infused acrylic pieces finish a high-low mix. “I consider it’s a pointer of good settlement when things aren’t so cookie knife or predictable,” she says. Kime’s residence proves that it’s stylish to gibe convention.
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