1. New KMI studio workspace & Schumacher Trim Project

    Today we are excited to share the other half of our Schumacher project, and with that, a sneak peek of our new workspace. 

    Moving to a larger space not only meant that we had room for a showroom, but that we were able to expand our workspace as well. We love the open, lofty feel and exposed brick walls, but one of our biggest design challenges working with a nearly two-story cinderblock wall. Since we knew we wanted to have a mood board near our large work table, we decided to create a custom mood board to break it up.

    We chose a magnetic fabric that was neutral in color but also had a subtle linen texture so when we saw the Tweed Tape in Charcoal from Schumacher’s new Couture Trims line we thought it would be the perfect way to finish the edges. 


    The first step was to paint the cinderblock wall Benjamin Moore’s Super White. Then, the custom metal pipe bars were installed. After the fabric panels were constructed, we installed them by simply wrapping them around the metal pipe system and securing with the heavy-duty velcro that was sewn into the back of the panels.  


    We are so happy with the result and love having an inspiration wall that can be updated and refreshed whenever we want. The Tweed Tape worked out perfectly and adds just enough texture and visual weight to make the panels feel finished without distracting from the other colors, patterns, and textures on the boards.



    Thanks again to Schumacher for continuing to inspire us with their fabric and trim, and for inviting us to take part in their Trim Challenge! For more inspiration you can check out Schumacher’s Style Dispatch.  


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  2. New KMI Showroom & Schumacher Trim Challenge

    If you follow us on Instagram you may have heard that we moved into a new studio last month. We have been busy settling in to our new space where we are thrilled to have more room for our team AND our favorite furniture, accessories, fabrics and rugs! We are excited to share a few photos of our showroom today as we share one of the fun projects we worked on with Schumacher.

    A few months ago when Schumacher invited us to be part of their Trim Challenge, we were in the process of designing our new space so we were excited to be able to incorporate some pieces from their new Couture Trim line into our new studio. 

    We especially loved the Matrix Tape and Bell Fringe in Schumacher’s new Couture Line! We immediately thought they would be perfect together on white linen drapery for our showroom where we were planning to layer natural materials, vintage rugs and neutrals. 

    They were just installed and we are so happy with how they turned out. The white linen softens the large open wall space and the Matrix Tape and Bell Fringe tape used together create just enough of a vibrant, refined detail that easily blends with the rest of our pieces. 


    Thanks to Schumacher for creating fabric we love and for inviting us to take part in their Trim Challenge. We’re excited to share our workspace with you soon, and along with it, the second project we did as part of Schumacher’s Trim Challenge. In the meantime, for more Schumacher and more inspiration you can check out Schumacher’s Style Dispatch.

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  3. Colors of the Season: Blush & Burgundy

    We shared Emerald Green decor ideas for this winter season in our last blog post and now we are departing from the traditional holiday red to shades of blush and burgundy.  We love these colors because they work alone or together –  and mix so well with whites, greens, golds and silvers!


    Here’s a pairing of blush with warm whites and walnut wood tones from a recent bedroom project of ours….we love how calming and inviting this space is!

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    {Blush Bedroom}

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    {Shades of Blush and Warm Whites}


    Find your own winning combination to bring these on-trend colors into your home for a seasonal and feminine touch!  Here are some suggestions of blush or burgundy for Winter 2015-2016, including a selection from Kate Spade’s new rug collection and a Waterford decanter that will have you taking a second look at Waterford!  The muted tones will carry you well into spring and summer, while the deeper shades add a fun pop of holiday cheer!

    Burgundy and Blush



    Blush and Burgundy Finds

    1. Metal Frame Upholstered Chair in Dusty Blush Luster Velvet
    2. Victorian Mini Classics
    3. David Hicks La Fiorentina Dark Wine Pillow from PopOColor
    4. Kelly Wearstler Channels Lumbar Pillow from SparkModern
    5. Waterford Rebel Blush Decanter
    6. Murray by Kate Spade
    7. Linen Orianna Slipper Chair in Bordeaux



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  4. Colors of the Season


    After a busy summer and fall here at Kate Marker Interiors, we are taking the opportunity to share with you some fresh inspiration for colors that are trending now – but have the staying power to sail through any season!  While Pumpkin Orange, Rust Red, and Golden Wheat certainly convey  the coziness of Thanksgiving, we think the rich, sophisticated colors we will be spotlighting over the next few weeks may add a welcome twist to the conventional!

    Our first color inspiration, Emerald Green!

    Here is a snapshot of a dining room we created for a client – a dash of bold to keep the traditional furnishings fresh!



    The exact shade we used above was Benjamin Moore’s Forest Green.


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    {Benjamin Moore Forest Green}


    This next room is one of our all-time faves.  The green window treatments spruce up the neutrals for a stylish twist on a subdued Belgian look.

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    {Via Veranda Magazine}


    This room is not for those who shy away from color but the charcoal gray walls balance the prints and bright colors for a cohesive look.

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    {Via Better Homes and Gardens}


    Simultaneously sophisticated and adventurous, this room has us pondering the personality of (what we are assuming to be) the worldly owner.

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     {Via MyDomaine}


    Here are some finds to easily add a dash of this energetic color to your own decor!




    Emerald Green Finds

    1. Green Malachite Pillow
    2. Agate Bookends
    3. Surrey Lamp
    4. Han Dynasty Horses, available through Kate Marker Interiors
    5. Magnolia Wreath
    6. Velvet Edlyn Chair


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  5. Effortless Chic: Kate Marker Interiors Debuts on One King’s Lane!


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    We are so very excited to share our curated collaboration with One King’s Lane!  Kicking off on August 30th and continuing for the next month, shoppers on the site can scoop up malachite accessories, linen furnishings, brass lanterns, natural fiber rugs, spindle chairs, and so much more!

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    Peppered throughout the collection are our tips on achieving the look we love – classic sophistication that is approachable.  The nine tips complement the collection by providing insight on our signature look here at KMI…from styling a group of accessories, to investing in versatile seating options, and even sharing how to mix light and dark wood finishes.


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    You may recognize some of the images paired with the tips from our Russell Residence project or our Willow Residence project, both of which encapsulate “effortless chic” and include many of the same or similar items from our OKL collection.


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    Shop soon to get the very best of the collection before items sell out!  Products can be shopped via the Instagram link on @onekingslane


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  6. Playing Favorites

    Everyone plays favorites…at Kate Marker Interiors, we find ourselves constantly thumbing through the entire Benjamin Moore paint deck only to consistently arrive at a select few paint strips with colors that have never disappointed, whether it’s for an interior or exterior space.  Here is a shot of our favorite neutrals – whites, lights, and darks.

    Favorite Paint Strips


    Posted below are projects we’ve completed featuring these favorite Benjamin Moore colors from the strips above: Swiss Coffee, White Dove, Collingwood, Silver Satin, Classic Gray from the whites and neutrals.  Kendall Charcoal rounds out the group as our preferred dark gray.


    Swiss Coffee





    Silver Satin


    Classic Gray







    What are your favorite neutrals?  Let us know on Instagram @katemarkerinteriors! #kmisharefavoriteneutrals













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  7. Traditional, Revisited


    Today we are sharing a before and after of a clients’ furnishings, largely traditional in style, and how they were given a second life to blend into a beautiful new custom home. This “new traditional” now reflects the clients in the best way possible – preserving what they had loved for years but reinventing it for the next chapter of their lives.  If you follow us on Instagram @katemarkerinteriors, we’ve tagged this our #estateonthelake project!




    -The New Look: Family Room- 












    This room was given a soft, classic palette and the furnishings are nearly all previously owned pieces, just reupholstered (exceptions are the twin  blue chest of drawers flanking the fireplace). The solid fabrics in beige and blue balance the warm gold tones of the existing coffee table and mirrors, a blend of  classic and sparkle!



    -The New Look: Dining Room- 



    We love how this room turned out!  The herringbone floor adds a beautiful detail and the bold window treatments brings such a freshness to a stately room!  The rug, table and side chairs, light fixture and mirror were all brought in from the clients’ previous home.

    -Steps for Transitioning-

    We took several steps to give these furnishings a facelift while successfully blending them with new surroundings and pieces.  Here’s how:

    1.  Update color palettes

    Fabrics in peach and red were replaced with neutral fabrics – creams, beiges, and soft blues in the family room.  The gray grasscloth wall covering in the dining room grounds the space.  The wall color selected for this new construction custom home is very light – Silver Satin by Benjamin Moore, seen below.




    2.  Update patterns

    The navy and cream herringbone fabric on the side chairs and wingback end chairs in the dining room introduce a small-scale pattern in a classic palette.  Herringbone, while enjoying a surge of popularity, is always in style.

    A bold choice was made for selecting the window treatments in the dining room. The large-scale floral Schumacher pattern of cream and navy, seen below, give the space a great dash of energy while still pulling in the same navy from the classic Persian rug that the clients already owned.

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    3. Purchase new pieces to complement the existing

    A few new pieces (even accessories!) can instantly complement existing furnishings – whether it’s with color, shape or functionality.  As mentioned above, the two chests in the family room were new, adding  clean lines and their unique blue color to the overall scheme.  Modern lighting choices are always a great add for minimal space commitment but a large impact.  In the case of the family room, the popular Morris Lantern by Visual Comfort adds a geometric element.  The credenza in the dining room is both functional for storage and transitional in looks.

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    4. Mix Metals

    Mixing up to three metals in a space keeps it from being too “matchy” and adds depth that straddles different design trends.  In the dining room below, we’ve mixed bronze, antique brass, and gold.




    We hope this provides a bit of inspiration for you to reconsider a piece of well-loved furniture that you were contemplating replacing because it’s original beauty has faded a bit!


    Check out our website soon for more pictures of this comprehensive project!



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  8. Summer Comforts & Our First Giveaway!

    There are certain types of friends that we should all have.  You can’t dispute the value of friends that are the loyal, honest, trustworthy type.  And it’s great to have at least one friend who is the entertaining, lift-your-spirits type.  The  advice-dispensing type of friend is a lifesaver when circumstances are complicated.   But when humidity is deflating your carefully timed blow-out, and the week just started but all you can focus on are plans for the weekend, the best type of friend to have is “the friend with the lake or beach house” type.

    If you are lucky enough to snag a day or overnight invitation to a home perched near a body of water, show your appreciation to the host or hostess with some of our favorite “summer comforts” gifts we love here at Kate Marker Interiors!  Hopefully your host/hostess will be so impressed that you’ll land yourself another invite!

    -Summer-themed hostess/housewarming gift ideas-





    1. Gray Malin Southampton Umbrellas Beach Print | 2.  Aquiesse Candle in Luxe Linen Fragrance (our “signature scent,” available through Kate Marker Interiors) | 3. Turkish Beach Towels  | 4.  French Market Tote  | 5. Soft Mint Ceramic Ginger Jar (available through Kate Marker Interiors) 6.  Brass Lanterns |  7. West Elm Reclaimed Wood Frames |  8. Bengal Bazaar Kelly Wearstler Throw Pillow      |  9. Periwinkle Channels Kelly Wearstler Throw Pillow


    -Instagram Giveaway Announcement-

    Big news here at Kate Marker Interiors!  We are giving away some of the above fantastic items we love via our @katemarkerinteriors Instagram!

    1.  Follow @katemarkerinteriors on Instagram and
    2.  Share the photo above by tagging 2 friends + @katemarkerinteriors
    3.  “Heart” this photo!
    We will choose a winner by noon CDT Thursday 7/16!
    Giveaway will only be shipped to a U.S. address.

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  9. The Ghost Chair

    A clear chair?  Yep, that’s right.  Today’s blog is dedicated to a transparent chair, technically the Louis Ghost Chair, that has become a new classic!    It’s historically-inspired silhouette, unique name, revolutionary clarity, and the fact that it can hold it’s own anywhere, with anything have all contributed to it’s popularity.  Read on to find out why this chair is such a great piece for almost any room in the house!


    Louis Ghost Chair

    {the Ghost chair}


    Introduced by the powerhouse French designer Phillipe Starck, the Ghost Chair (and it’s sister side chair, the Victoria), debuted over 10 years ago and they both have proven to have staying power.  The roots of the Ghost Chair go back to the Louis XVI chair, invented in the late 1700’s and featuring well-proportioned lines with slim, tapered legs and a round,  oval, or rectangular back.  These chairs of the Louis XVI are not overly detailed, unlike the previous Rococo era in France prior to their arrival.  The Ghost Chair is streamlined and proportional with a round back and actually made from injection-molded polycarbonate. Here’s an example of a traditional Louis XVI chair, courtesy of eBay:


    eBay Louis XvI Chair



    -Versatile Style-

    We love the Ghost chair for the many spaces it is capable of effortlessly enhancing, regardless of  lifestyles or living arrangements.  Take a look below – maybe you’ll be on the lookout for one or two of your own!


    Dining Room

    Dining chairs?  Yes! They haven’t met a table they don’t mix well with – Farmhouse to Tulip table, and everything in between.

    Katie Hackworth Design Ghost Chairs

    {polished + rustic}

     Katie Hackworth via The Rustic Modernist

    Luxe Home banquette with Ghost chairs

    {banquette with Ghost chairs}

    Banquette with Ghost Chairs via Luxe Home


     Stack some fluffy towels for a functional display – steamy showers won’t be cut short!

    Ghost Chair bathroom

    {Victoria chair in bathroom}

    Terracotta Design Build via Houzz



    Easily wipe off those sticky fingerprints and spills from creative sessions in a kids playroom!

    Lou Lou Chair Kids Ghost Playroom

    Via Decorpad


    Living Room

    If your living area has a “dead zone” or just needs a little jolt of personality, add a Ghost chair with a throw pillow or small sheepskin!   So lightweight, it can easily be pulled up to the other seating area for accommodating conversation.

    Throw pillow Ghost Chair the Everygirl

    {throw pillow + Ghost chair pair}

    Via The Everygirl


    The Desk Space

    Whether it’s an office desk, kitchen work space, or even a nightstand doubling as a desk, the Ghost chair complements every time.

    Ghost chair night stand MyDomaine

     Via MyDomaine

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    Via Apartment Therapy


    -Versatile Functionality-

     Because of the lightweight material, Ghost chairs can be used outside and are stackable! A nice break from the clunky brown or gray metal foldable chairs we all know – or for a special occasion like the image below.  Another great appeal is that because they are transparent and compact, they are suitable for small spaces by keeping it visually open.

    Ghost Chair Garden Party




    -As Used by Kate Marker Interiors-

    This gorgeous eating area maximizes space with the banquette while the transparency of the chairs allows several details to stand out – the metallic lattice wallpaper, geometric throw pillows, and carved wood of the table.  There is much to admire without looking fussy.

    Willow Residence Kitchen Ghost Chairs

    {willow residence project}

    Ghost Chairs Banquette Willow Residence

    {willow residence}


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  10. Nature’s Beauty for the Home

    Adding decorative touches from the outdoors to the indoors is an easy and beautiful way to bring an organic dimension to your space.   Any excuse for a stroll through nature (or garden center for the city slickers) or better yet, a trip to the beach, may yield a piece that gives a bit of color or texture.  Perhaps it’s an object gathered in abundance to make a statement, or something fresh to inject some warmth, or even something commonplace that is given a golden touch for a glam factor.  Nature’s many curiosities will always be a timeless option for accessorizing, and also make unique gifts!


    Here are some inspiration images that caught our eye…


    -From the Sea-

    Willow Home and Garden

    {coral topper on vintage books}
    Source: Willow Home and Garden via Pinterest

    Aerin Lauder via Instagram

    {coral with a dynamic wall covering}
    Source: Aerin Lauder via Instagram

    Gold Shells Aerin Lauder Instagram

    {gold shells, also from our designer crush, Aerin Lauder}
    Source: Aerin Lauder via Instagram

    giant clam shell via The Enchanted Home

    {giant clamshell with orchids}
    Source: The Enchanted Home blog via Pinterest

    Coral via Lonny

    {more coral + coffee table books}
    Source: Lonny


    -From the Garden-

    Herbs and Citrus

    {clusters of herbs}
    Source: Italy Magazine


    Willow Residence Topiaries


    {rosemary topiaries}
    Source: Kate Marker Interiors – Willow Residence


    Citrus and Succulents Pinterest

    {citrus + succulents}
    Source: Style Me Pretty via Pinterest



    -From the Rock Layer-

    Geodes Brit + Co

    Source: Brit + Co

    Geode Bookends

    {geode bookends}
    Source: Style Me Pretty


    -SHOP our Selection at Kate Marker Interiors-

    Bring nature into your home with unique pieces from our spring trip to High Point Market! Some of the featured items are the only piece of it’s kind and available in the Kate Marker showroom – stop in today at 220 S. Cook in Barrington, IL or place your order (we can ship!) at!



    {quartz $225}
    1 available

    Gold Barnacle

    {gold barnacle $72}


    giant clam shell

    {giant clam shell $160}


    Cattail baskets

    {cattail baskets, set of 7, stackable $245}
    1 set available


    Gold Coconut againGold coconut

    {gold coconut $115}
    1 available


    water hyacinth vases

    {water hyacinth vases, 24″ $85 and 31″ $95}
    1 available in each size


    Gold Agate bookendsGold Agate Bookend side view

    {gold agate bookends (pair) $150}
    1 pair available


    Water hyacinth x stoolswater hyacinth x stools top view

    {water hyacinth x-stools $175 each}
    2 available



    {pods $45 for the set}
    1 set available

    vintage circle vine

    {vintage circle vine $350}
    1 available

    wooden sand dollar

    {wooden sand dollar $250}
    1 available

    rock platters

    {rock platters, $65 and $125}
    1 available in each size


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