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Dining rooms. This Arkansas dining room is a great example of several techniques that Ridder commonly uses in dining rooms: strong colors, two-toned chairs, a unique light fixture, and a little bit of sparkle. Antique Swedish bird prints arranged around a pair of mid-century Italian sconces break up the apple-green wall.
Today, most people decorate their dining rooms with evening meals and special occasions in mind. However, Ridder insists on keeping these rooms alive during daylight hours too. Her dining rooms burst with bold colors — from the paint, to the textiles, to the wallpaper. While many dining rooms become an overwhelming monochromatic mess of brown wood, Ridder limits her dining rooms to one major piece of brown wood — usually the dining table.
Studies and family rooms. This 15-foot sofa is one of two that were built into Ridder's own family room — which was once a service room over the garage. Ridder littered the room with low tables, leather poufs, and Herman Miller chairs — all of which can be easily rearranged. The couch is covered with pillows in a variety of shapes and sizes.
Ridder loves using bookcases in the studies and the family rooms she designs. She uses them so often that these rooms can start to look like colorful libraries.
"Katie turns to bookcases not only to provide necessary storage and lend a room character, but also to literally shape a space," writes MacIsaac. "Bookcases built perpendicular to a wall create reading nooks; those built out around a window frame it in an alcove and provide a deep sill or window seat."
Bedrooms. Katie's older daughter's bedroom is subtly lined in curves. The earthy linen headboard mimics the Chippendale mirror on the wall, and Katie's "Leaf" wallpaper on the walls echoes the same lines.
Ridder creates bedrooms her clients will want to spend time in during the day as well as at night. Upholstered headboards are one of her favorite things to add to a space — they define the bed's place in the room, provide a great canvas for pattern and color, and are comfortable to lean up against.
"No other room is dominated by a single piece of furniture as the bedroom. And no piece of furniture is more unwieldy than a bed. Its expanse is a wide visual plateau that all designers wrestle with," writes MacIsaac.