British-born interior designer Kathryn Ireland has over twenty years’ experience in the interior design industry. Also a major force in product manufacturing, she is dedicated to producing her bespoke textile collections, weave collections and upholstered goods all locally in the United States. Today, Kathryn oversees the daily operations of her design firm, travels between the United States and Europe for renovation projects, gives lectures all over the world and supervises the manufacturing of her successful fabric line. Beyond her eponymous line of textiles, Kathryn has collaborated with several home furnishing brands and has most recently debuted a paint collection with C2 Paints to complement her fabrics.
Whether it’s her sensitive restorations of landmark houses and hotels, or the extraordinary homes of Hollywood’s finest, Kathryn Ireland brings a burst of color with a twist of bohemian style to the design world. She shares one of her projects with The LuxPad below…
Project name: The Hilltop Project
Floor Area: (400 Acre ranch)
Project time taken: Three Months
I was asked to decorate a 400-acre ranch, near Santa Barbara for a dynamic and well-travelled couple. The house is generously surrounded by the landscape and greenery of the majestic Santa Barbara mountain range. I was given a three-month time frame, within which to inject that traditional Mexican/Moroccan feel within their home.
What was the creation / planning process?
After surveying the house, it quickly became apparent that the house was largely problematic. Whilst the space itself was sizeable, the flow of pattern (or lack thereof) meant the interior of the house had become extremely over-complicated. Having taken into account their desire for an exotic feel, I decided to draw largely on the vibrant colours and bold motifs of traditional Mexican and Moroccan wears when planning this project. We decided to widen the dark entry hall in order to brighten the space further; having just three months within which to complete this project meant that the restructuring work was somewhat confined. We replaced various flooring, as well as removing false ceilings within the rest of the house, however the statement alternation was the addition of genuine, custom Moroccan tiles lining both walls and floors. This really added to the sense of authenticity with this project.
How did the project go?
Overall, the project was largely a success. The final look and feel of the home was absolutely stunning. The touches of vintage and a number of reclaimed pieces, for me, were what made this project so unique, particularly for a client who wanted to encapsulate the true beauty of Mexico and Morocco within their own home.
What was your favorite part of the project and why?
One of my favourite parts of this project was being able to bring that electric ambience of Old Mexico into this Californian dream house, the juxtaposition was fantastic! With projects like this, even the smallest of items can really impact the entire atmospheric value of a room. I particularly loved the Guatemalan hammocks that we draped amongst the terraces, these really added something special.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
One of the biggest challenges within interior design, is establishing a sense of age. When a client wants you to take a home that is no more than 30 years old and make it look and feel as though it belongs in the 1800s, it can be difficult. However, I try to let this inspire me further, rather than unnerve me. I feel as though this home succeeds greatly in bestowing a wonderful sense of tradition and authenticity amongst both its owner and its visitors.