Kat Burki at Home
May 29, 2021
We know Kat Burki from her cutting- edge skincare line and health and wellness expertise. Nourish wanted to take a look into her home life and her other creative passions- her love of interior design and gardens.
With three sons, two dogs and a love for antiques and art, Kat gives us an inside look into her and her husband’s latest home. They have since moved on, however this is where she lived with her family for 13 years, and spent any free time, when not creating her latest skincare product.
Originally built in 1914, previously a sculptor’s studio with his work even built into one of the walls.
We asked Kat a few questions on how she begins to design or redesign a home and what her process looks like.
How did you start your interest with Interior Design ?
Since I was a child really…I think I see things on how they all align and the beauty in that.
What does your process look like when you buy a house and start from scratch?
I really believe you need to live in a house a little before you know exactly what happens next. I remember the first house my husband and I renovated, sitting on the dining room floor day after day with paint swatches thinking of all different scenarios. Often the carpet comes first and the rest follows.
What are some of your favorite places to shop for furniture and collectable pieces?
During this last year with everything being shut down, online sources were my go-to (and escape) such as 1st Dibs and Sothebys etc.
Do you like to take something old and put your own stamp on it, redesign and or change colors etc?
I typically like to leave it old looking. My husband hates that and wants to polish and perfect, I like imperfections.
Is there a specific time period in history that you seem to mostly fall back on, whereby you literally love everything, or do you have a few different periods that feel more you?
I think it depends on what I am decorating. I love the Empire period and Asian Antiques - but really most of all love the results of mixing types from all periods.
How does it feel to redesign a house and then live in it and later when you move, start all over?
Since we aren't flipping but actually creating a home, it's curated over years, and there is so much history often in what has been collected but also the life and stories it has experienced in our home, that it's hard to walk away for sure. Maybe if we do a project that we don't actually live in it will be easier.
What is your biggest inspiration in life, with your designs, and with your amazing brand Kat Burki Skincare?
I think creating emotion and feelings (good ones) that move and inspire people - like music, art and good movie direction does. With Skincare, that is not only sensorial but through results as well.
The gilded birdcage chandelier Kat designed and had handmade in France, originally not for this house, however once they moved in it became the perfect place for its size as well as shape that mirrored the oversized domed doors (this is how the sculptor got his work out of his studio).
The pair of mirrors that flag the oversized hearth, were once Tibetan Monastery doors, “I love the energy they give to the room.”
The walls in this guest bedroom were covered in a periwinkle grass cloth and the large- scale black and gold antique Empire sconces add character to the room.
This was once a gally kitchen with just a small cooktop on a U- shaped island. It was completely claustrophobic and not built to cook. Kat’s eldest son is a chef and she has a love for cooking as well, so the kitchen was completely remodeled. The custom hood and metal backsplash give the room the visual compliment to the high ceilings and oversized cabinets.
The dining room which was once a small half-bath and utility closet. We wanted to show the original windows, that perfectly frame the ivy, wisteria and honeysuckle climbing the trellis’ and stone walls from outside. The dining room was designed to be a library when not entertaining.
This Irish 17th century cabinet- antique English hunt painting over antique English prints - large blue and white lamp Vaughan
Kat’s creative spirit has guided her through her life with homes and family and Kat Burki Skincare.
Photos by @manufotomanu.