interior designer Rita Konig on her style secrets

interior clothier Rita Konig exhibits her ‘undone’ style secrets and how she decorates with antiques

Interior designer Rita Konig



properties take so many lamps, tables and chairs,’ says Rita Konig, discussing the deserves of online searching, in particular antiquing on Instagram.‘I buy lots of antiques on Instagram. It’s such a great way to locate dealers and an outstanding method for dealers to sell. i take advantage of it all of the time, exceptionally after I’m now not hunting for anything specific.’

speaking on the mobile from her farmhouse in the Durham Dales all the way through lockdown, Rita recalls how she turned into destined for a career in interiors starting to be up with Nina Campbell as her mom. ‘in case you appear returned, which you could see the route changed into there. Of all three toddlers, i was the one who spent the most time in the shop and that i basically appreciated having my bedroom embellished. Mum and i shopped collectively and that i basically enjoyed working along with her.’ today, a extremely considered and sought-after indoors fashion designer herself, Rita is customary for her comfy, ‘undone’ vogue layered with antiques.

The green drawing room at her beautifully decorated farmhouse in the Durham Dales, also a holiday let (northfarmdurham.com)
The eco-friendly drawing room at Rita’s fantastically adorned farmhouse within the Durham Dales, also a holiday let (northfarmdurham.com).

She all started her profession in writing, beginning out as a research assistant for the european editor of Harper’s Bazaar whereas also working for her mom in her store purchasing and merchandising. She published a publication, domestic Bliss, in 2002 and went on to jot down for Vogue, Telegraph magazine, The long island times, The Wall road Journal and house & garden imparting advice on indoors design.

In 2005 she moved to big apple the place she worked on the newly launched Domino magazine with Deborah Needleman. ‘I loved Deborah and we became high-quality chums,’ she says. ‘I saw the us during this excellent way.’ Rita travelled across the States finding the most excellent unbiased shops to feature. ‘at first, i might go into shops and individuals do not need heard of Domino. After a while, when I grew to become up, americans would scream and burst into tears on the concept of their little shop being featured in such a large journal.’

One of the bedrooms at the farmhouse with a headboard designed by Rita and matching walls and curtains.
one of the vital bedrooms at the farmhouse with a headboard designed by Rita and matching walls and curtains.

Rita lower back to London in 2012 and commenced her personal interior decoration enterprise, preserving workshops at her home and undertaking huge initiatives. ‘lots of people desired to decorate themselves. They wanted their condo to be their personal with their personal taste.’

This 12 months, Rita has launched an internet indoors design direction with Create Academy so any individual can learn the way to decorate an indoors. As a part of it, she reveals where ideal to store for antiques. ‘looking in unbiased stores is always more wonderful. I’m always amazed via how plenty it expenses to purchase anything in a typical excessive- street shop in comparison to what buying an old fees. It’s so an awful lot cheaper, improved value, enhanced made and, if you become bored of it, which you can promote it.

‘Antiques carry warmness and individuality. occasionally your granny leaves you a table. It’s now not what you would have purchased yourself, but you’ve viewed it all of your existence and it suits in a nook and it really works. That’s a fine piece of furniture as far as I’m worried and it has some meaning. I believe it’s extra crucial it works in a corner than even if it’s beautiful or not.

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‘i really like going to auctions at Tennants and that i’m all the time searching on the-saleroom.com for bits of china. wherever you are, you’ll always discover an antiques shop. You might simply find a plate however what i like is that plate could turn into a soap dish in the bathroom or used on a bedside table for drinks. It’s fabulous that you can buy a chest of drawers for £one hundred fifty if you seem.

‘that you can fill a condo very cleverly. Brown furnishings brings a great deal to a room – you get traction and weight with relevant bits of furnishings. If a room is full of all new items, it feels light. It doesn’t must be all antiques. You need to crisp it up with a beautiful lampshade and new pieces. once I purchased my first antiques and first went to Kempton, I came away with small issues. be careful of buying too many small issues in any other case you grow to be with an entire load of nothing. When i want whatever specific, I’ll go to decorative Collective, Vinterior and Lorfords.’

Rita curated the London series of Collector sales as tastemaker for Christie’s last winter, creating a series of styled vignettes at Burghley House with pieces from the auction. She brought a grand and imposing Boulle cabinet to life by filling it with drinks bottles and glasses.
Rita curated the London collection of Collector earnings as tastemaker for Christie’s closing wintry weather, making a series of styled vignettes at Burghley condominium with pieces from the public sale. She brought a grand and imposing Boulle cupboard to existence by filling it with drinks bottles and glasses. © Paul Raeside.

in the last year, in addition to numerous projects, Rita has designed a paint assortment for undeniable English kitchens and curated an interior sale as tastemaker for Christie’s. ‘We styled and photographed the catalogue at Burghley condo – it became so much fun hopping over the ropes. I additionally styled the room set at Christie’s for the sale.

I determined it could be a bedsit as I had this lengthy slender room – essentially the most extraordinary bedsit with a four-poster mattress. I imagined a woman who inherited all this furnishings she needed to fit in one room.’

whereas Rita and her fantastically prosperous interiors are forever inspiring, she too is still influenced by means of designers previous and latest. ‘i like Bunny Mellon interiors. I always seem to be to a John Fowler indoors once I wish to gain knowledge of something. My mum trained with him so it’s a part of my heritage. I’m also impressed by way of pals – Henrietta Channon has mind-blowing taste – it’s the undecorated room it’s plenty more pleasing. I learn as a whole lot from my pals who’ve amazing taste and style as I do from different decorators. When it comes to decorators, their personal condo is at all times the most desirable.’

Rita styled a Japanese coffer for the Christie’s sale
Rita styled a japanese coffer for the Christie’s sale. © Paul Raeside

Interview: Rosanna Morris

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