Designer Spotlight: Celerie Kemble

Smart, stylish, quirky and resourceful and glamorous,this is the signature style of interior designer Celerie Kemble

Glamorous, and a whimsical are two words that define the signature style of designer Celerie Kemble.

This living room is a a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises

Celerie Kemble embraces what it means to be creative and inspiring.

metallic finishes, exotic touches such as ikats and embroidery, as well as glamorous moiré

These days interior designers have to do more than design interiors to make it big. Celerie Kemble is no exception. The New York–based decorator has, in recent years, collaborated on fabrics with F. Schumacher; designed a collection of faux leathers and exotic skins with Valtekz; and authored a second book, Black and White (And a Bit in Between).

Black and White, her second book

Celerie Kemble is a woman who has lived, breathed, and eaten interior design since she was a little girl. Her childhood was spend around construction sites, antique stores, and homes designed by her mother, Mimi Maddock McMakin. Kemble’s mother founded Kemble Interiors, Inc. in 1982 which focuses on bringing comfort and beauty into the homes of her clients.

Celerie worked briefly in film production after graduating Harvard before she gave into her compulsion for design and the creation of thoughtful interiors. “I help put the person in the space. Otherwise, it’s just a space.”

She has spent the past 15 years developing a portfolio that encompasses that compulsion and passion. Kemble is known for her candid nature, humor, and approachability, which is paramount in developing relationships with clients and applying their needs and wants in a design.

“In life as in design, it is not perfection you should be after. There’s beauty in the faded and worn, the well loved, and the sentimental…After all, life has seams. Your home should be like a loosely woven fabric of desires, memories, practical, notions, and even compromises.” – Celerie Kemble

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