Franklin Report Report Card for Katie Ridder Design & Decoration in New York City
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Katie Ridder Design & Decoration

136 Madison Avenue
11th Floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 779-9080
Main Contact: Katie Ridder

Interior Design

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Traditional meets eclectic interior design

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Recognized as a leading voice in interior design, Katie Ridder is acclaimed for her ability to strike a balance between style and tasteful discretion. Clients say that she takes care to preserve the integrity of classic elements while incorporating the unexpected. Innovative hues, whimsical accents and eclectic objects are often layered onto more traditional backgrounds, making spaces more comfortable and friendly. References say that she is very conscious of their lifestyles, and is interested in making the most of each room.

After working as a design editor for several leading shelter magazines and establishing a retail home furnishings store on the Upper East Side, Ridder founded her firm in 1995. About ten projects are undertaken each year. The majority of commissions are in Manhattan and the surrounding areas, but Ridder has taken on projects as far afield as New Zealand. Clients say that Ridder’s affable, organized, helpful manner “puts them at ease,” and that she is always the primary contact person. Charging a standard design fee and retail on product, a typical living room costs around $125,000, starting from scratch. Ridder is highly recommended for her updated classical style and intelligent view. The only challenge is booking her services–sources say “she really doesn’t work on projects she isn’t excited about.” Elle De´cor A-List.

Representative Client Comments:
inspirational... catch her if you can.” “She has the panache of the very best, and is ahead of the curve in the most tasteful way.” “The most tasteful and creative person I have ever worked with.” “Not at all cookie cutter.” “She worked very well under tight deadlines and she did it with a smile.” “She’s so friendly that I look forward to her phone calls and meetings.” “She lives up to her high profile with a lot of hard work.” “Katie is very innovative, but she always makes you feel like you came up with the idea. She’s gracious and ego-free.” “She breathed new life into our traditional Tudor home.” “Her colors were so unusual and so perfect.” “Left of center enough to grab your eye, but not too far left.” “Bohemian elegance.” “Katie’s organizational skills are phenomenal.” “We were so impressed with her efficiency. On the other hand, the upholstery choices went a little too fast for us.” “So many great young talents have come out of her office.” “She and her colleagues are extremely attentive and prompt with follow up.” “Her ideas come from the heart, not the wallet.” “We immediately connected. She’s so intelligent, compassionate and talented. What more can you ask?”

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