The lady legend behind Studio 882

August 9, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

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4 comments

  • Maya

    Nice interview! I feel so inspired after reading this interview!

  • Coffee Lover

    I love these pieces, the rooms look so fresh and luxurious but at the same time cozy and warm with the many soft tones. Her story is very inspirational, especially for anyone who thinks it’s too late to change career once they’ve reched their late twenties.

  • Lida Lavender

    The designs are as beautiful as she is. I would love to see more of her work.

  • 바둑이사이트

    What it captures: Fashion as art

    “Photography makes me feel thankful. Thankful that I have found myself in a situation where I get to show people, through my perspective, a world that surprises me daily. Thankful that I get to work with individuals and brands that I have respected for years. Thankful that I have the opportunity to do something every day that I love.

    “What makes for a good picture is really pretty simple: Keep your subject interesting, your technique sound and good pictures will follow. Great pictures, however, are a little more elusive and complex. For me, what makes a great picture is mood and surprise. I think great pictures teach people something new: about a person they thought they knew, a trend they thought they hated, a political movement they were once ambivalent about. Great photos do more than inspire, they can create real, tangible change. It’s the hardest, most rewarding thing in the world when you can capture an idea in a photograph.”
    바둑이사이트 “I’ve been a photographer basically my entire life. It is how I see the world, how I communicate what I see in my mind and express how it feels to me. Through photography, I get to create the world I wish I lived in. My creative partner, Kevin Burg, encouraged me to start a blog as a way to share my archive of film photography that was just sitting in the closet collecting dust. I never expected the community or power it has grown into.

    “Cinemagraphs were inspired by a conversation Kevin and I were having about creating digital art and content that was more than a photo but we felt nobody would watch videos, so what is the in-between? Something instant but alive. Kevin had been working for a couple years on this idea and we brought it to life at New York Fashion Week as part of my coverage through Tumblr in 2011. I think people like them because it simplifies a living moment, you can understand it instantly, but you can also get a little more information than just a still photograph.”

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