About Kemble Interiors, Inc.

Palm Beach, FL

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“Our passion for interior design grows out of belief in the powerful effect a physical space can have on our spirits, energy, outlook – even our personality. Where and how you live shape who you are.”

Kemble Interiors, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Palm Beach native Mimi Maddock McMakin. McMakin has been recognized for her distinctive fusion of whimsy with respectful restoration in many a storied Mizner, Volk, and Urban designed estate or club. She has over 40 years of experience bringing comfort and beauty to the homes of her clients across America.

Her daughter and partner in the New York office of Kemble Interiors, Celerie Kemble claims her childhood was in many ways a design tutorial spent around construction sites, antique stores, and in the unique homes designed by her mother. A graduate of Harvard, Celerie worked briefly in film production before quickly succumbing to what she calls a compulsion for design and the creation of thoughtful interiors that “put the person in the place.” Since then, she has spent the past fifteen years cultivating a portfolio of much publicized residential and commercial interiors that are as unique and diverse as her clientele.

Known for her candor, humor and approachable design advice, Celerie published her first monograph Celerie Kemble: To Your Taste in 2008 to be followed by Black and White: And and Bit in Between in November 2011. Celerie has recently appeared in J.Crew’s ‘Real Women’ ads and alongside industry leaders in Benjamin Moore’s ‘Experts’ campaign. She has created to-the-trade fabrics with F. Schumacher, faux leather and technical surfaces with Valley Forge, and a collection of floorcoverings with Merida Meridian. Celerie is currently working on wallcoverings for F. Schumacher and and a collection of furniture with Henredon to be introduced spring 2013.

Michael Boodro has said Kemble Interiors “incorporates the serendipitous and the sentimental without losing clarity or strength.”

The firm’s success is a reflection of both Mimi and Celerie’s quirky design ethos, which balances the aesthetic integrity of the project with the needs/personality of the client. To create a successful interior, the process must be well-managed, the client’s needs and dreams carefully considered, and the budget respected.

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Ten Questions

What’s your go-to classic color choice?
Moss green, tawny brown, and alabaster... nothing could be more classic than that!
Is there a hotel that’s most inspired your work while traveling?
Blake's in London, Amanwana in Indonesia, the Governor's Mansion in Burma, and the Singita Game Reserves in Africa. . .
Which pieces of technology do you use to document design inspiration?
My iPhone.
Where do you go to spot new style?
Art fairs, flea markets, vintage china patterns, fashion runways, and traveling anywhere and everywhere to see authentic use of local and historical materials. Otherwise I source the internet, blogs, shopping sites, and a tower-of-Pisa-like pile of magazine clippings I tear out to study the work of other designers and stylists.
Do you have a favorite restaurant (for the design and the food, of course)?
I love Bar Pitti in the West Village and Babanuco in Cabrera, Dominican Republic.
What’s your favorite small museum in the world?
Museum of Natural History at Harvard for the glass flower collection; Parasite museum in Tokyo for the best T-shirts of any gift shop; Neue Galerie in New York City
How do you usually start your weekend?
Trying to convince the squirmiest of my three children to stay still, silent, and sleep for another half hour!
Who or what is your biggest design influence?
For having so much character while being livable, beautiful, and somehow magic, my childhood home in Palm Beach - the old Bethesda by the Sea church.
How do you keep it all together?
Trust your instincts, let the things that slip through your fingers too easily slip, and hold tight to the things that help you keep your balance.
Design a garden: groomed or freestyle?
Really?. . . I have to come back to this when I'm feeling less pervy.
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