We’re honored to present this week’s LUXList Designer Katie Lydon of Katie Lydon Interiors. Based in New York, but originally from London, one of Katie’s sources of inspiration is traveling. The result of Katie’s influences are interiors which feel warm, welcoming, well balanced – truly functional yet timelessly elegant. She works to incorporate a client’s vintage pieces and heirlooms into their homes and appreciates the element of history and story that comes with this. Many of her clients are art collectors and/or have families – so creating a design with a collection, or the practicalities of family life at the forefront, providing endless opportunities for challenge and inspiration.
Discover more about our LUXList Designer’s inspiration and aesthetic! See what pieces she chose from RubyLUX.com.
Katie’s LUXList Picks
Flair Edition Bookcase
Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?
Sophisticated and modern, yet comfortable with an eclectic touch.
What do you love about using antiques in your designs?
I’m very fortunate to work with clients who are often art collectors, which means that my job as a designer is to create a home for their beautiful, treasured pieces. Working with antiques is much the same. Beautiful, one of a kind pieces, just like artwork, can blend seamlessly into an environment, adding personality and depth, or they can take center stage. Antiques add a unique touch that can make an interior space feel timeless. I always try to use vintage furniture and antiques in all of my projects; there is always a place for a piece you love.
What inspires you?
Contemporary art and furniture have a very strong design interest and I believe it inspires us because it pushes us to continue to grow and learn. Great art really gives a home gravitas. In no way do you match your art to anything. Its purpose is to really enhance a room and elevate ones design process. A lot of our clients have families, which at times can be challenging. We have to push ourselves to be creative. We want the space to be beautiful and sophisticated, but it also must be comfortable, functional and fitting for a family to live in. There has to be a good balance between the two.
I am fortunate that I get the opportunity to travel. Over the past couple of years I have gotten to explore different parts of Italy. It is amazing to see old patterns such as the floors of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, which are still so relevant and beautiful even today. Being English, I of course enjoy my time in England; I particularly love the colors and eclecticism in London.
Lastly, fashion is constantly changing and ever inspiring. It is so interesting in terms of color, texture, fabric, and silhouette. Fashion exudes an immediate burst of creative energy.
If you could design for a fictional character who would it be and why?
This is a very difficult question. If I had to design for a person based on personality I would choose Elizabeth Darcy aka Elizabeth Bennett. She is a strong, levelheaded woman who would be a true delight to work with. A major perk would be that she has got fantastic houses all over England, she also has a bunch of sisters which would give me some great business opportunities!
What is your favorite LUXList piece and why? How would you use it?
The “Flair Edition Bookcase” is fabulous and would be a great statement piece to give any space that “wow” factor.
Katie Lydon, originally from London, founded her downtown New York interior design firm in 2002. Educated at Wimbledon Art School in London and then Cambridge University, Katie’s interiors reflect her knowledge and passion for antiques and architecture as well as an eye for contemporary art and design. She believes that a balance of classic and modern pieces creates a home that is at once timeless and exciting. Whether designing a polished uptown townhouse, a stylish downtown loft, Fifth Avenue Duplex, or a relaxed family retreat, Katie aims to bring the highest level of quality and service to her clients and to create warm, comfortable and beautiful homes that reflect their owners’ unique personality and style.