Podcast, Ep. 199: designer Kate Lester

Designer Kate Lester

Designer Kate Lester

Our guest today is Los Angeles based designer Kate Lester. With over 15 years of experience, Kate has acquired an impressive clientele of professional athletes, entertainment industry insiders, and the Hollywood elite. Her work has been seen in House Beautiful, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal and many others. Listen in as we talk about Kate’s passion for designing a home to reflect the client’s personality, her favorite window treatments, her love for vintage rugs, and more!

What You’ll Hear on this Episode:

  • Kate’s goal of infusing the client’s life, identify, and interests into their home space.
  • Important design elements including linens, natural light, and windows.
  • Why the architecture of the house needs to be honored in the design process.
  • One of Kate’s favorite drapery styles: ripple folds.
  • Tips for buying vintage rugs.
  • How to visualize your design with a mood board.
  • Factors to think about when buying a sectional.
  • How to step outside of your comfort zone and take risks.

Decorating Dilemma:

Hi ladies!

Love the show and listen every week on my commute to work. I’ve slowly been working on my living room and have recently purchased some prints to frame and I am looking for your expert advice!

Here is the space, the blank wall beside the leather chair is where I would like to put the first print (blue marsh). I am trying to decide what would be the best frame color/finish the room has lots of gold accents, and a few black accents and you can see the adjoining dining is a deep blue color. Should I go with a white frame, gold, black, burlwood? The last two photos are a tea towel I bought in Brussels that I love that is a similar color to the dining room that I am thinking about framing and a mountain print I am thinking about framing as well. Those pieces could go in the living room or dining room. Dining room has a totally blank wall that is not pictured. Also, for the living room the layout…. couch is against window and chairs are agonist the wall anything I could do different. Thought about two smaller matching chairs that swivel and rock but may not be in my budget at the moment.

Would love your advice on frame colors for each piece and where you think they would look best in the rooms. Happy to move anything existing on the walls except the black framed piece it’s a landscape design I drafted, and my husband made the frame for me a long time ago.



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Abbey Nolte

Abbey is a homegrown Georgia peach who loves a fresh take on Southern design. When she’s not working behind the scenes of the How to Decorate blog and podcast, you can find her cheering on the Appalachian State Mountaineers and spending time with her wheaten terrier, Charlie.