April 24, 2017
By Jeffrey Slonim | May 12, 2011 | Lifestyle
To Your Taste by Celerie Kemble
An apple green and navy palette makes for a bright, livable Amagansett family room.
A hammered metal daybed rests in front of a breathtaking view from One Beacon Court.
Bookcases climb almost 20 feet high on either side of a fireplace among pale gold and cream striped waxed plaster walls in this West Village townhouse.
Interior designer and author Celerie Kemble, 37, perches behind an oval brass dining table at her sleek office. A fresh coat of pale pink paint coats the walls, and the floors are a screaming coral.
Kemble heads the New York office of Kemble Interiors, a Palm Beach firm cofounded by her talented mother, Mimi McMakin. Her signature approach offers the tone and comfort of Palm Beach with a modernist twist. Her book, To Your Taste (Clarkson Potter), is chockablock with upbeat advice for all budgets.
That said, Kemble’s current projects—a horse farm in Kentucky and a vacation home in the Dominican Republic, among others—sound decidedly chichi. Hedge funds and the Internet fuel her Manhattan-based projects. “We interpret their point of view,” she quips. “In some instances, we do art-gallery modern. In others, masculine luxe. Each house is highly personal, thank God.”
Unlike designers who only shop at top auction houses, Kemble also scours flea markets, Housing Works and 1stdibs.com, a site that includes antiques stores from around the globe. “I quickly fill a blank slate with antiques and vintage pieces that add soul,” she says. “I’m not afraid of something from [a client’s] own attic or the garbage if it’s worth resurrecting.” Kemble Interiors, 224 W. 30th St., 212-675-9576
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ZACH DESART (KITCHEN, LIVING ROOM); DON FREEMAN (KEMBLE)