Driving through the Hancock Park area in LA, a particular abode sticks out on the corner: a 1921 Tudor Revival that is nearly as old as the neighborhood itself. When Meghan and her entertainment manager husband Alex purchased the house, planning to move in with their 3 sons to boot, they wondered if such a historic setting could possibly be right for a young family. She hired Katherine Carter, hoping that she would breathe some modernity into the house without completely paving over the historic details. The result is a sun-washed 8,500 square-foot home, perfect for a growing crew. Sleek and bright spaces characterize more “adult” spaces, but the rooms for the boys are a riot of colors. And you can’t miss the graphic wallpapers!
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Sometimes enough just isn’t enough.
Anyone in the interior design industry knows that once you start creating spaces, it can be addictive—next thing you know, your entire home (and the homes of all your friends and family) are dressed to the nines, yet you’re left still hoping to get your hands on another space.
Meghan M.’s not one to rest on her laurels, which is why she brought Katherine Carter back to bring shake up the home she had previously designed. Meghan reached out to Katherine because, although her home was already gorgeous, she was itching for a shift in aesthetics in the hundred-year-old Hancock Park home.
Katherine’s objective was to make the space elegant, livable, but most of all fun for Meghan, her husband Alex, and their three sons. As someone who loves a touch of eccentricity in a space, Katherine knew she could inject a splash of personality via wallpaper. The living room’s salmon Kelly Wearstler Graffito wallpaper added a visually intricate yet grounded touch to the rest of the room’s bold jewel tones and rich textures. The overload of luxe fabrics and accents feels inviting instead of icy, thanks to touchable textures, like velvet Jonathan Adler swivel chairs playful art, art deco accents, and lush plant life.
All that art deco might not feel approachable for kids, but Katherine wanted to make sure the living room was somewhere the kids could really live. To give them a place to park it, Crayons-in-hand, she created custom-made table that can be withstand Magic Markers and cleans easily with a swipe of water.
While the common spaces are unquestionably chic and stylish, Katherine wanted to provide something just as exciting in the kid-friendly friendly space. To help distinguish the pint-sized playground from the rest of the home, and she chose a timeless and tropical wallpaper that subtly nods to the nearby Beverly Hills Hotel. To contrast the Calypso vibes, Katherine layered in black and white houndstooth accents and deep blue bedding to give the room a masculine vibe. The crisp palette makes even monster trucks look magnificent.
Katherine was asked to stage this Malibu property embodying an incomparable standard of excellence and sophistication this stunning 4 bedroom house. Located on the sand with 41’ of beach frontage at the southernmost end of Malibu The 2,991 square foot residence is clad in cement composite panels and custom hand-made tile. The ocean views dictate the architectural treatment of the private spaces, which are all attuned to the outside, via floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows. Featuring architectural elements of hot-rolled steel, white oak, powder-coated aluminum and over 1,200 sq/ft of deck/patio space.
Just steps inland is the famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the central commercial district. Along this strip and removed from the beach culture lies the office of Gem. A young tech company, “handcrafted in sunny California” as they put it, they needed an office that was stimulating enough to keep their employees entertained (and safe from wandering away to surf).
Katherine Carter came in to a space that was initially very industrial. Exposed brick and even a historic bank vault were the defining characteristics. With her help, striking additions were made to the space. A modern, sleek fireplace? Check. A bold leather-clad door? Got that. She even brought in local Venice artists for one-off contemporary murals.
This home is a prime example of the “excellent space, excellent taste, no time” condition. Angel and Tom run the furniture store Nadeau and the popular LA ramen spot Tatsu. The former is the “fastest growing furniture store in the US” and the latter has almost 700 reviews on Yelp so it’s safe to say they don’t have too much extra time to dedicate to their home’s interior design. The couple has excellent taste and their home’s architecture is A+ (and it has a pool) but they hired Katherine to helm the design process, knowing that she could edit their wants and needs to create a functional and beautiful space. Layered textures, timeless pieces and a focus on the family’s love for travel make this home fresh, luxurious, comfortable and the ideal everyday retreat for their busy lives.
A vacant office space is transformed into a colorful, impressive and productive work space for Campanario's film company in West Hollywood, CA.
MediaAlpha's new LA office needed a design that reflected their easy-going and sophisticated brand. Katherine Carter took the raw 2000 sqft space to the next level with unique pieces, a mid-century feel and amazing art.
With a brand new home, no furniture and a baby on the way, Kloe and Brian reached out to Katherine for some short timeline design guidance. Thier bedroom, dining room, living room and nursery were given thoughtful, practical, cohesive and beautiful styles.
"I was looking to find a happy medium between restoring an old home while making it look and feel updated. "
- JAMES E., TV PRODUCER
Wheeling and dealing in the fast-paced world of TV production (think top shows such as The Voice and America’s Best Dance Crew), James Ehlers deserved a place where he could come home and completely unwind. Having purchased a 1928 Spanish Revival home that had been virtually untouched since its construction, it was his place to step out of the modern world. Katherine Carter arrived at the old-style hacienda to bring in even more luxury.
Building out 300 square feet, the two added on a master suite, complete with a bathroom that was carefully researched. True to style and history, they brought in beautifully stained wooden cabinetry and accent pieces. The hexagonal tiling was custom designed, right down to the color. And that shower? Perfect for practicing his singing voice, just in case James ever decides to switch over from producer to contestant.
Kaleo Software hired Katherine to design their new office space. Kaleo's brand was incorporated into the new office space by using Graphic funky wallpaper and color schemes relevant to their brands identity.