Kathleen Rivers

About Me

My design aesthetic took root during my childhood in the deep South. My father imparted his knowledge of the museum-quality Chinese porcelains he collected, while I accompanied my free-spirited mother as she criss-crossed the Georgia countryside on the hunt for primitive southern-made furniture. As a result, my childhood home was filled with colorful English chintzes, oriental rugs, antiques and interesting objets d'arts.

As a young woman, I developed a passion for art at Wellesley College that grew through avid reading and frequent museum visits. Following marriage, motherhood and a move to Florida, I channeled various interests and launched my interior design business in 1972. I re-located to Charleston, South Carolina in 1977 where I have lived for over thirty years.

One of my passions is my involvement in the Charleston arts community, whether as President of the Board of Directors for The Gibbes Museum or as Chairman of the Fine Arts Committee of the Spoleto Festival. My 1803 townhouse serves as a laboratory for my flourishing design business where I experiment with all manners of interior elements; juxtaposing favorite modern artists with period pieces and priceless antiques with flea market finds, continually germinating ideas for projects from New York City to Vail, Colorado.

With the launch of my website, and of Kathleen's Picks, hand selected furniature and decorative pieces, I am bringing my world of custom interiors and style online for the first time. I invite you to explore and enjoy!

Design Philosophy

In my thirty-plus years as an interior designer, my style has been rooted in a classical approach to creating sumptuous, yet highly livable interiors. The client, however, is the ultimate tastemaker in any project, and I work closely with each individual to achieve their finished "look" with a favorite color or contemporary element layered on top of my base designs.

My travels to Europe, Turkey, Morocco and the Far East have enhanced my appreciation of a wide variety of decorative styles. I make buying trips to French flea markets, always learning more and more about the "true value" of art and antiques. Additionally, spending summers in the mountains of Western North Carolina has taught me to bring a rustic sophistication to many of my interiors.

Comfort is key, and I judge the success of any room or home by an interior feel that can be interpreted as one which was accumulated by the homeowner versus decorated by me!