Designer Spotlight || Kemble Interiors


There are so many things I love about Kemble Interiors. Their body of work is varied, beautiful and even somewhat quirky. There is a playfulness about their designs that makes their interiors really stand out. I was surprised that I had never written about them- better late than never! And even if I had, I would have wanted to remind you all about these sensational interiors and this fabulous mother and daughter duo.

Kemble Interiors was founded in 1982 by Palm Beach native Mimi Maddock McMakin. Mimi’s daughter Celerie Kemble, is her partner in the New York Office. Mimi with over 40 years of design experience has been recognized for her distinctive fusion of whimsy with respectful restoration in many architecturally important homes across America. Her daughter Celerie is just as impressive with many publicized residential and commercial interiors. She has even created fabrics and wall papers with F. Schumacher (you will recognize a few of these!), and has many other high-profile design partnerships. This duo has such great taste and perfectly balance the aesthetic integrity of their projects with the personality and needs of their clients. Let me show you some of my favorite spaces- grasscloth wallpaper really warms up a space.


Chinoiserie wallpaper is a favorite. I appreciate how they paired it with black trim creating an even richer feel.


I have always wanted a round sofa (oval in this case!) like the one below. I think it adds fluidity to a space as you can have guests holding different conversations around the room.  I love the touch of sparkle with the beautiful brass coffee table the fabulous gilded mirror.


These pretty and quirky table lamps below are from here.  Stray Dog Designs have such bold and fun designs.  We have one of their pendants in my daughter's playroom (see here).


The contrast of black and white could not feel fresher, especially with that pop of coral.


Apple green and navy blue is such a special color combination- elegant and fresh.


Kemble Interiors designed the interiors for a beautiful small hotel in The Dominican Republic called Playa Grande.  I would love to visit and stay here just for the decor.


Lacquer walls are everything in my book. Red and blue can be tricky but they pulled it off beautifully in this New York apartment.


Chinese screens are a real favorite of mine to add richness and layers to a room.


This wallpaper is so elegant.  And equally as beautiful is all the empty wallspace giving the wallpaper the importance it deserves.


What a dining room! Wow!

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You can never go wrong with blue and white.  One of my favorite things is white furniture with navy piping.


I always wanted to have a library within my dining room (see this old post here).  This one is ideal.


A beautiful entry-


Lacquer walls again.  The green and purple are sensational together.


The wallpaper and this sink!! Perfection.


My daughter has a small collection of Sonny Angels. I'm thinking we need to gather inspiration from the art below! This could be a real fun DIY. And this leather channeled sofa is sensational.


The back of these chairs....Swoon!


How to work around small architectural challenges-


Completely inspiring- yes??!! To see more of their portfolio see here.

[most photos via Kemble Interiors, Veranda Magazine, House Beautiful]