Katie Riddell is a lawyer turned interior decorator. But explained to us, “I think I was an interior decorator first because as a child, I was constantly redecorating my bedroom!”
In her life as a lawyer, Katie worked in the fashion, retail and property industries and then after many years, studied interior decoration part time. Years later, she decided to start her own business.
“I create collected, considered and comfortable interiors. For me it’s important that homes reflect the people who live there and not be a “cookie cutter”. I enjoy helping people create a home that they love.”
What has been the most memorable project you’ve work on and why?
My family weekender in South Gippsland, Victoria. We purchased a small house on the top of a hill 4 years ago. It’s become our escape from city life. I really wanted to create a place that was going to be our sanctuary and take into account the amazing surrounding countryside. My daughter and I were were hands on getting it set up. From chasing down a delivery truck that was lost, to sleeping on an air mattress until the furniture arrived! It was an adventure!
For someone thinking about hiring a designer, what advice would you give them?
Make sure you are comfortable working with the designer. It can be a very personal relationship, as the designer is in people’s homes and finding out about how they live. So the client needs to feel they can work with them from a personal and design aesthetic perspective.
What design myth would you like to bust?
That using a designer is out of reach! Designers can help you spend money wisely as well as help with the design direction. And budgets don’t have to be huge.
What questions do you ask clients before working with them?
How do you want your home to feel?
Who inspires you?
People who are authentic and living their purpose
If I was not a designer I would be…?
Probably still a lawyer!