I am so excited to announce an upcoming collaboration with Katie Groves and Studio 882! If you haven’t yet stumbled into the showroom, I urge you to do so. Studio 882 is in Chadds Ford, PA, and one of my favorite stops for home furnishings.
Katie and the Studio 882 team have agreed to redesign my living room! I am so excited to see what they come up with. Theres nothing more interesting to me than picking the brain of other creatives, and seeing how styles pair. After meeting Katie, I had to know more, so I’ve brought you a little peak into her mind, answering all of the questions I was dying to ask.
For those who may be unfamiliar, can you tell us who you are and what you do?
I own Studio 882, a luxury furniture showroom and interior design firm. Our goal is to bring the sophistication and inspiration from the high-end design world to retail. We mix a variety of styles and price-points, but it’s all “wow” pieces. We opened in 2014 as a small boutique shop in Chadds Ford, PA and we’ve grown rapidly ever since. We just expanded to a new 13,000 square foot showroom outside of Philadelphia.
Which Studio 882 brand do you connect with most?
I only carry brands I connect with strongly. I’m approached all the time by brands asking us to carry them, and I’m notorious for saying no. For me, it’s all about protecting the “Studio 882” brand itself. When clients come to us, they are looking for great quality, proportion, scale and gorgeous designs that they’ll always love vs. here-then-gone trends. Right now though, I’m obsessed with the new Milling Road collection by Kara Mann. She combines the coolest materials – like breccia marble, blackened walnut, and she uses a liquid lacquer effect that I haven’t seen before. It’s chic but youthful and hip.
What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you had made it?
I still have “aha” moments from time to time, like yesterday when we found out we won a Best Furniture Store in Philadelphia award. The first was probably when we did our first photo shoot of our first showroom, right before we opened. It was the first opportunity to step back and see how it all came together exactly how I had envisioned in my head.
When did you realize design was your passion?
It’s been a passion for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I was constantly rearranging my bedroom and creating mood boards out of furniture from old catalogs. I didn’t turn it into a career until my late 20s, when friends helped encourage me to turn that passion into a full-fledged career.
Do you have a signature design piece?
I love incorporating a really fun accent tables in an unusual shape or material. I also LOVE scultpurally shaped chairs that retain their comfort. Chairs that can float in a room and look great from all angles.
What was your favorite client/collaboration and why?
Collaborating with clients is probably the best part of my job. Every client has their own style, and it’s an adventure putting each unique room together. We frequently end up good friends with our clients – we actually just hired one to work at the store! But one of my recent favorites was a whole house we designed near Philly. The homeowners both trusted their instincts and tastes, and we were able to design a beautiful, sophisticated home that’s also perfect for their young family.
Describe your personal style:
I like to pair really quality basics – like a great blazer, pair of jeans or LBD – with vintage jewelry. Right now I love vintage brooches. And I’m literally obsessed with pencil skirts in really funky, unusual patterns.
Five things in your purse currently, go:
My wallet and cell phone, handful of ultra thin Sharpies, a handwritten to do list (I love the satisfaction of physically crossing something off a list), and candy (fun size Snickers).
Who is your spirit animal:
Ha, I just called interior designer Thomas Pheasant my spirit animal the other day. I love the way he combines classic and modern.