Bold Color and Patterns in this Chelsea Penthouse

Interior designer Kati Curtis gives us a tour of her client’s Chelsea penthouse. Although a small space, Curtis managed to bring in big design. The home is filled with bold color and patterns with global influences.

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7 Green Interiors

Taking inspiration from the organization’s chalk-scribbled bright green apple logo, Kati Curtis Design decided to make the color green the element that threads their entire New York City office together. She sought out a mixture of different shades, from the forest green of Humanscale‘s Ballo ottomans to…

Wallpaper is making a big comeback

Wallpaper is ready for its next act. The polarizing paint alternative and longtime decorating taboo has returned to fashion. Offering more drama than paint, it’s a fun way to transform a room and reflect your personal style without breaking the bank. “People want their homes…

Shopping for Love Seats

FOR CITY DWELLERS trying to make the most of small-scale rooms, love seats are appealing year-round, and may even take the place of larger sofas.

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5 Fresh Paint Trends to Try This Fall

“Ceilings are often underutilized,” said New York designer Phillip Thomas. “I turn to metallic paints to carry and reflect light through a space.” Like a pair of zebra Mary Janes with a staid gray suit, “contrast makes a space interesting,” added New York-based designer Kati…

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5 SCAD EDUCATED DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR PROFESSIONAL JOURNEYS

Not all academic institutions are created equal, especially in creative fields, but we noticed that SCAD educated designers in particular harbored some serious talent who are currently embarking on an impressive professional journey (it helps that SCAD has a 98% job placement rate for graduates). We sat down…

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Chelsea Condo Goes From Boring Box to Castle of Color

Some interior designers disdain working with clients who have never hired a professional before. Others avoid being hired by friends — even casual ones. But Kati Curtis was open to both, so when Beth Rumore and Craig Stanley, a couple she knew socially, approached her about…

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8 Unexpected Wallpaper Ideas to Try in Your Home

Long gone are the days where voluminous frills, petticoat ruffles, and gigantic ruches reign supreme, but that doesn’t mean we have to get rid of bold and prominent wallpaper too. The patterned paper has made a most welcome comeback, and I plead for the trend…

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16 Gorgeous Home Decor Tips from A-List Decorators

Selecting the right wallpaper can be transporting, whether the room you are working with is narrow or vast. Kati Curtis’s landing is dressed to the nines in exquisite Degournay wall coverings that are peppered with birds, butterflies, and flowering branches, meant to evoke the path…

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A charming family home design in New Jersey

Interior Design in New Jersey – Home to a young family of four – who left behind the fast-paced hustle and bustle of New York City to embrace a more relaxed, family-orientated lifestyle – this expansive 6,000 sq ft abode overlooks New Jersey’s picturesque Navesink…

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Top Interior Designers Style report released from High Point

This year’s roster of top interior designers includes veteran Style Spotter and team leader Michelle Jennings Wiebe, along with Arianne Bellizaire, Kati Curtis, Beth Dotolo, Lori Gilder, Patti Johnson, Jonathan Legate and Leslie Hendrix Wood. Among the trends noted: fashion- and jewelry-inspired home furnishings, such as…

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8 Holiday Decor Cliches Designers Beg You to Skip

As far as Holiday decor goes, “If I never saw tinsel again I’d be happy,” says designer Kati Curtis. There are other ways of approaching the traditional tree. For instance, designer Gideon Mendelson suggests wrapping a ribbon loosely around you fir. “It’s always really beautiful,” he…

The New Traditionalists

Q&A with Philip Erdoes of The New Traditionalists

Each of the The New Traditionalists Syndicate collections demonstrates the unique designers behind them. Sara Gilbane’s collection features vintage influences, an area of great influence for her. Kati Curtis’ collection bears her signature contemporary and global style. Cullman and Kravis bring to ELLIEHOME their hallmark…

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Traditional Home Picks of the Week

Traditional Home pick of the week: The New Traditionalists have just debuted a capsule collection with designer Kati Curtis. Drawing influence from her worldly travels, Kati wanted to “create contemporary takes on classic pieces, while still capturing the feel of the New Traditionalists’ style of…

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Rumson Interior Designer Crafts a Transformation

It was a phone call from Turks and Caicos Islands that led Rumson interior designer Kati Curtis to the home, located on New Jersey’s upscale coast, that would change the lives of a city-dwelling family. Curtis had previously worked with the homeowners on an apartment…

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4 Ways Interior Designers Mix Natural Materials With Luxury Finishes

“As interior designers, we see so many natural influences in McGuire’s collections—the genius way they combine materials and the simple, natural forms that make up their beautiful contemporary pieces. I wanted our room to be a collection of tribally influenced items—as if I had just…

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20 New York Designers Share Their Favorite Apartments

New York Designer Kati Curtis shares this tip: “Make sure to balance boldness with quieter details. One of the reasons this room works is that even though there’s lots of color, pattern, and texture, it’s balanced with more refined accents, like the sculptured glass cocktail…

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Connecticut Interior Design at the Mayflower Grace

Designer Kati Curtis talked about creating spaces that felt like refuge in houses and I learned from Philip Gorrivan that he completely disapproves of wallpaper being on one wall of a room only (“It always looks like a value proposition, not design when that happens.”…

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A Contemporary Rumson Craftsman-Style Home

When a young family decided to move out of New York City and into a home on Rumson, New Jersey’s Navesink River, they wanted to renovate the house in a way that would respect its original Arts and Crafts-style architecture while also transforming the dark…

6 Incredible Ways to Wrap your Gifts

I like everything to be really unique for the person it’s being given to,” says designer Kati Curtis. “As an interior designer I have lots of wallpaper samples around that I like to wrap gifts with. But if you’re not an interior designer, I would…

The Skeptics Guide to Buying & Hanging Wallpaper

In case you missed the memo, wallpaper is making a comeback, resurging from a place where it had been banished for being too flowery, too hard to take down, and grossly overused alongside pouffy couches and other ’80s decor. With an emphasis on modern designs…

Residence – Blue & White

In the August issue of Residence, a coastal home at Bellevue Place is elegantly transformed by Kati Curtis Design and features a soft palette of blue and white.

Area Magazine – Design Focus

Area Magazine – For Manhattan interior designer Kati Curtis, a beautiful handmade decorative rug is an authentic work of art that finds no equal among its machine-made counterparts. “Finding a one-of-the-kind handmade rug, as opposed one that is mass produced, brings incomparable value and authenticity…

Modern Decoration – Boston Townhouse

This new townhouse is located in Boston’s prestigious Back Bay neighborhood. The existing home needed a complete overhaul, including adding an additional bathroom and completely redoing the kitchen, bathrooms, closet and built-ins. The client requested a reconfiguration of the existing kitchen to open it up,…

Where do Designers Splurge & Where do they Save?

Everyone loves a bargain and, as we learned from interviewing a few of our favorites, interior designers are no exception. Sure, they might be used to spending more on a sofa than many of us do on rent, but these design pros also know when…

Residence – Beautiful Children’s Rooms

“Beautiful Children’s Rooms” – Children’s rooms have become exciting spaces for designers to explore furnishings, colors and textures. In the June issue of Residence, many of our children’s rooms have been selected to showcase this new trend.  

Inside DIFFA’s Dining by Design Gala

TOP TABLETOP | A vignette by New York interior designer Kati Curtis explored gender lines. She split the table right down the middle between masculine—with brown plaid fabric, reclaimed wood and pewter glasses—and feminine, which was ‘super-flowery,’ said Ms. Curtis, and featured gold accents, butterfly…

DIFFA’s Dining By Design 2014

DIFFA’s Dining by Design raises and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS. The annual benefit brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talents to bring to fruition conceptual, traditional, and modern dining installations that create a dialogue.

Array Magazine – DIFFA’s Dining by Design

Kati expressed the interplay of the boy and girl in us all, and played with stereotypes that we can so easily fall prey to. Growing out of her own design balancing acts, she created a fantasy world utilizing the New York Design Center’s crafted materials…

Inside DIFFA’s Dining by Design Gala

TOP TABLETOP | A vignette by New York interior designer Kati Curtis explored gender lines. She split the table right down the middle between masculine—with brown plaid fabric, reclaimed wood and pewter glasses—and feminine, which was ‘super-flowery,’ said Ms. Curtis, and featured gold accents, butterfly…

The Stunning Tables of DIFFA’s Dining by Design

Tour all of the magical displays created by top creative talents for this extraordinary annual event in support of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary New York Design Center, designed by Kati Curtis

The Best Decor Ideas From Diffa’s Dining by Design in New York

The New York Design Center vignette, designed by Kati Curtis, riffed on male and female gender stereotypes—pairing masculine and feminine sensibilities side by side to highlight their difference but also simultaneously uniting them. Growing out of her own design balancing acts, Curtis’s fantasy world utilized…

TOP NYC INTERIOR DESIGNERS DEMYSTIFY COLOR AND TEXTURE

Color and texture  are inherent to materiality and can also be applied as architectural surface or finish. Both make significant contributions toward achieving design goals. Listen as top NYC interior designers Brett Beldock, Kati Curtis, and Robert Passal show you how to reveal your personality…

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Modern Decoration – Bellevue Coastal Home

Modern Decoration  – The clients have 2 small children so there was a challenge to create a space that was not only aesthetically beautiful but that could stand up to wear and tear. The textiles used on the furnishings are all washable or stain resistant….

Untroubled waters

Even dedicated disciples of vastu may be daunted by the thought of a fountain inside their home, in which case a tamer alternative is an aquarium. “Placing a fish tank in a specific location can increase wealth, prosperity and success,” says Kati Curtis. A New…

Housing Works’ Design on a Dime Raises 1.1 Million

The tally is in, and last week’s Design on a Dime by Housing Works raised 1.1 million dollars for the organization. The proceeds of the fundraiser will go towards the organization’s Jefferson Avenue Residence and the new Hull Street Residence in Brooklyn.

Smart Ways

The pressure to slash prices can be hard to resist. But businesses should try. Too often, dramatic price cuts lead to lower profits — and dilute a company’s brand. Kati Curtis, founder of New York-based design firm Nirmada Interior Design, has noticed her upscale customers…

Will the Term “Master Bedroom” No Longer Exist?

We were interested to see what other designers and architects thought about the name change, here’s what three in the New York City area said:”We work on many new construction projects here, and we have noticed that new marketing collateral identifies what used to be…

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12 Beautiful Blue Rooms

Go Global with Beautiful Blue Rooms Tiffany blue may be prim and proper, but it doesn’t have to be boring. Painted walls mixed with bold plum accents and modern art create a worldly sitting room. This audacious color scheme gives credence that more is sometimes,…

Jet Airways Première Class

But the room, designed by interior designer Kati Curtis, was comfortable, with a selection of assorted dips and crackers, cookies, pastries, cold sandwiches and beverages. The complimentary WiFi used a password provided by the reception desk.

A-List Designers

Browse the A-List directory of designers. Find interior designers from your area using our resources. Drill down on our list of experienced residential interior designers by selecting the room, style and even location of your next project.

DIFFA’s Dining by Design

As for the actual guests, they included NYDC CEO and president Jim Druckman, Elle Decor editor in chief Michael Boodro, Traditional Home publisher Beth Brenner, and more. Click through the gallery above to glimpse the place settings crafted by Drew McGukin, Laura Bohn, West Chin,…

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How Do I Make Wood Floors Appeal to Buyers?

There are other things you should also consider when you’re refinishing a wood floor, said Kati Curtis, an interior designer in New York. “First, you have to determine whether it’s an engineered floor or solid hardwood,” she said, because the former has only a thin…

Country House Checklist: Doing the Decoupage

When designing a country house don’t disparage decoupage, friends. It has a reputation as a lowbrow craft, but it’s actually an inexpensive way to reinvigorate a space, as you’ll see in the photos below.

My Fav Things

We are always looking for things like this that are hand crafted, sustainably made and finished unexpectedly – as in the gold, platinum, and blue finishes available on these exquisitely created pieces. The stools can be used as additional seating, side tables, or simply beautiful…

Green at Home

“The green movement has made everyone aware of how important it is to make  responsible design decisions,” says Kati Curtis, ASID, CID, LEED AP ID&C, and the principal of Nirmada Interior Design, based in New York City. “Apartment owners are educated consumers, and they have…

City Skyline Renovation

With the help of eco-conscious Nirmada Interior Design, the couple chose a natural, neutral palate, using wholesome materials that would be rugged enough to stand up to life with a small child. The kitchen wall came down, replaced by a long open bar made from…

The Sum of Its Parts

Kati Curtis, ASID, LEED AP, of Nirmada Interior Architecture and Design in New York City, also relies on the control custom shops provide. It requires hand-holding at first to help them find and become familiar with new materials, she says, but they learn quickly and…

How to Find an Eco Friendly House

She would know. Curtis’s architectural and interior design firm, Kati Curtis Design, specializes in helping an eco friendly house look not only aesthetically amazing but also achieve as much of a pro-environment nirvana as possible. And one can achieve plenty. If you want a plan…

Houzz: Best New York Interior Designers

Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design has awarded Nirmada Interior Architectural Design of New York City the “Best New York Interior Designers” 2012. The boutique 7-year-old Manhattan design and planning firm was chosen by more than 1.2 million registered members of…

Are Open Floor Plans Right for You?

Another potential pitfall with open floor plans is the new acoustics that come with very open spaces. With fewer walls and sometimes higher ceilings, homeowners may experience issues like echoing or cross-room conversations that sound garbled and less crisp. “The easiest way to address this…