April 23, 2014

“word to the wise” wednesday: katie ridder

Each room in a house can be traditional so long as there’s one outlandish element.  I like each space to have a wow factor.

Katie Ridder (quoted on CountryLiving.com)

Isn’t “outlandish” a fascinating word  choice?  It takes “wow factor” to a different level.  I’m going to start asking myself the question — “What one element is outlandish?” — about my projects.  This morning, I’m attending the 2014 Room to Bloom Symposium, a premiere fundraiser for Charlotte’s renowned Mint Museum, and Katie is the guest of honor.  I’ll be sharing Katie’s insights on Twitter and Instagram @tracizeller, so follow me there for more “words to the wise” this Wednesday!

I am overwhelmingly grateful for your kind words after Sunday’s post.  Merci.


  • Rae
    Apr. 23, 2014
    I think my eye for "outlandish" is dim. I can't see anything outlandish in the two photos?
  • Maria Killam
    Apr. 23, 2014
    Love it! Hmmm. . . maybe my pink drapes are outlandish, although I wish they were green :) xoxo Maria
  • Diane
    Apr. 23, 2014
    I see an amazing ceiling in the second photo and an unusual torchiere lamp in the first photo...not sure I would categorize them as outlandish but they certainly stand out. I always love a little "surprise" in home decor whether it is an unexpected pop of color, a fun accessory peeking out from behind books or an unusual piece of art. I thought both of these rooms were rather tame for Katie Ridder...love her style.
  • Traci | Apr. 23, 2014
    I intentionally chose some of her "tamer" photos, Diane, because they are more reflective of my aesthetic, but I identified the same "wow" elements. I think they are gorgeous rooms!
  • Traci | Apr. 23, 2014
    Yes! It's definitely the pink drapes!!

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