Whether designing a polished uptown townhouse, a stylish downtown loft, or a relaxed family retreat, Katie Lydon aims to bring the highest level of quality and service to her clients and to create comfortable and beautiful homes that reflect their owners’ unique personality and style.
What inspired this career path for you?
Growing up, I wasn’t aware you could do this as a job or career. I had a beautiful dollhouse that I made furniture for and was constantly redecorating and painting it. I even made curtains for all the rooms. It is just something I have always done. I love the idea that we make beautiful, comfortable and meaningful homes for our clients and that inspires me every day.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I have a few… I have my library that I am always adding to, as well as the years of cut sheets I have catalogued! Pinterest is also a really fantastic tool, as well as traveling, if possible. Looking at art and fashion is another big inspiration for me. We recently designed an entryway floor based on a floor pattern I had seen and loved in the Vatican.
Tell us about your creative process.
I start by talking to clients to get an understanding of what they are looking for. Then I really consider the space, and somehow ideas start flowing. Sometimes I will find a particular fabric, color, an item of furniture, or art that leads the charge in a particular room.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Modern, comfortable, eclectic, sophisticated, colorful, and artistic.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
We really custom design a great deal of the pieces we use, so our amazing workrooms are a huge part of the “tool kit”. We also love vintage/antique items, so Viyet’s collection is amazing for that!
Who do you look up to in the design world?
There are so many people to list. Recently I have been looking at a lot of contemporary furniture makers, such as Amanda Levete, Joe Walsh, and Tyler Hays. I love and appreciate the work that Colony, the designers’ co-op, and Carpenters Workshop Gallery are doing at representing such creative and innovative lighting and furniture makers.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
There are so many amazing and inspiring people I would love to work with. One that springs to mind is J.K. Rowling. She is obviously so creative and soulful. She has an amazing imagination and I trust she would be incredible to work with.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
Measure twice, cut once!
Rome was not built in a day!
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I avidly read World of Interiors, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, and many others. I try to follow my favorite people on Instagram and I have to say that it is a great way to share ideas. We use Pinterest as a presentation tool increasingly, and that has been helpful. I really don’t watch much TV but I recently watched Big Little Lies and was struck by the colors, art direction and houses—they were all stunning!
What do you love about Viyet?
I love The Collection. There are some great vintage and modern pieces at great prices. With some imagination, you could transform some of those vintage items.