Dream Master Suites, Katie-Ridder Style

In Katie Ridder Rooms, author Heather Smith MacIsaac shares the inspiring spaces of acclaimed American designer Katie Ridder and her design decisions behind them.


Shutters on the bottom half of the window provide privacy when needed without disrupting the view in this Nantucket bathroom. The blue-and-white slipper chair is covered in a durable fabric and adds a fun touch of color. Photo by Eric Piasecki.


Underlying all the flair and panache are interiors that work as hard as Katie does. Behind every flourish is a solid reason for being. Rooms are not only pretty and welcoming, they are comfortable and thoughtful,” MacIsaac writes.


Photo by Eric Piasecki


As readers journey through the pages, they will learn the basics like how to choose a headboard, and discover Katie’s must-have ingredients for a dream bathroom. Visiting these incredible spaces and understanding Ridder’s reasons behind their design is not just inspiring, it will also teach readers how to create their own colorful and balanced rooms.


How to Dress a Bed, Katie Ridder-Style


Photo by Eric Piasecki


  • Use ivory cotton sheets with decoration limited to an embroidered band on the top sheet
  • Turn the top sheet down over a cotton pique blanket, neatly tucked in at the bottom and sides
  • Arrange three different sizes of pillows, from back to front:

* Two king shams

* Two standard-size pillows

* One small decorative pillow like a boudior or lumbar pillo to break up the expanse

  • Place a down duvet (covered in lightweight decorative sheeting material) at the foot of the bed, folded in thirds so that it is easy to pull up.


Painting the mirror frame peacock blue ties the elements together. The large mirror also visually doubles the space and bounces light through the room. Under the Carrara marble vanity sits a terry cloth-covered antique stool. This mix of humble and fancy lends an attainable elegance to the space. Photo by Eric Piasecki.


For more information, check out Katie Ridder Rooms by Heather Smith MacIsaac, published by The Vendome Press in 2011.



By Rebecca Ittner

Photography by Eric Piasecki from Katie Ridder Rooms



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