An interview with Kate Tik


Initially working in the fashion industry, Kate Tik later studied interior design before completing a series of residential projects under her own company in both London and Europe. She now resides in Los Angeles where her focus on blogging merges her three biggest passions; design, fashion and travel to a huge online following. In this interview, Kate discusses how these three passions have influenced each other, the Heathfield & Co lighting designs featured in a stunning Notting Hill residential project, and the biggest design trends for 2017.

How closely do your interests in fashion, interior design and travel influence each other?

I have always believed the fields of fashion, design and travel to be closely interlinked and co-dependant on each other. I gather so much inspiration for my interior designs through travel; be it a boutique hotel in Buenos Aires or a restaurant in Hong Kong. I love picking up interesting details all over the world, bringing them back home and reworking them into a design or a new fashion trend.


Above: top left: Navana, Cuba, top-right: Paris, bottom-centre: Milan.

Your Notting Hill Apartment interior project featured a number of Heathfield & Co pieces. What was it about these particular designs that complemented this interior so well?

This particular project had a contemporary Art Deco feel from the start; think herringbone parquet in dark oak, antique mirrored splash back in the open plan kitchen, wallpapers in rich earth tones and subtle, yet sumptuous window drapery. The Heathfield & Co lamps embody all these qualities; so naturally they were a perfect fit. For the living space, I worked in touches of royal blue throughout. This was also perfectly complimented by hints of blue in the beautiful glass lamp bases.


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What is your personal favourite Heathfield & Co product to date and why so?

I have personally always loved the Atolli table lamp from the Signature Collection, which resembles the intricate formation of a coral reef. The piece would work perfectly on a desk in a study room or as bedside lighting in a guest bedroom, and I look forward to using it in a future project.

The Atolli table lamps is cast in aluminium and nickel plated. View more details on the Atolli lamp here.

How would you describe your overall style or approach to interior design?

The job of an interior designer is to work with a given space and bring to life the client’s design wishes and aspirations in the best possible way. Having said that, my personal preferred design aesthetic would be a classic contemporary feel that leans heavily on Art Deco influences; timeless and rich, yet clean and not overbearing.

What are your thoughts on Pantone’s selection of ‘Greenery’ as their Colour of the Year for 2017?

I am excited about this selection. The colour of nature, Greenery offers a timeless appeal and I think deserves more attention and than it usually receives. I am particularly fond of Sage hues and love using it in various interiors for its soothing qualities.

Would you describe your fashion preferences as eclectic or centring on a particular style?

I think some people would describe my style as a bit eclectic for my love of prints and use of colour. I definitely love to play around with different trends and styles depending on my mood or travel destination. I also love to inject a bit of drama on occasion as I believe it’s important to have fun with it!

You have a great following on Instagram. What can people expect to find on your account?

Lots of colour, especially during tropical getaways like my recent trips to Tulum and Cuba. Other than that, just beautiful imagery of things that inspire me on a daily basis; fashion looks, delicious food pics and creative interior spaces.

Which fashion or interior design events are most important to you over the year?

I often attend L’Objet de Art in Paris. The event coinciding with Couture Week ensures it’s a double dose of design and fashion.

What do you think will be some of the biggest trends to emerge in the interior and fashion industries this year?

One SS17 trend I saw repeated a lot on the catwalks was updated oxford shirt inspired looks, whether asymmetrical off shoulder numbers or striped and oversized creations. This trend could easily translate into the interior world with striped tailor inspired accents incorporated into cushions or drapery for a modern office look.

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