The Glam Pad loves discovering new designers, and today we are delighted to feature the portfolio of Katie Wolf from Atlanta. Katie founded Wolf Interiors in 2020 and has completed projects in Atlanta, Birmingham, Little Rock, New York City, and Salt Lake City. She grew up in Savannah, Georgia and attended college at Washington & Lee in Lexington, Virginia – two beautifully historic towns that have and continue to inspire her work. After practicing law, Katie turned her attention to her true passion – interior design. She lives in Atlanta with her husband, two young daughters, and Lagotto Romagnolo.
Q: Tell us a bit about your career path. How did you decide you wanted to become an interior designer?
A: I suppose I didn’t decide to become an interior designer until I was in my early thirties. I was born in Boston, grew up in Savannah, GA and attended college at Washington & Lee in Lexington, VA. This trio of beautifully historic towns has and continues to influence my work and passion for architecture and interior design. And I am sure it is the source of my love of red brick homes.
I was, however, determined to be on the “lawyer” path from a very young age. I majored in American History and subsequently attended law school. After a few years of practicing business litigation, I knew the “lawyer” path was the wrong one. If I was honest with myself, I should’ve seen that coming. My favorite classes in college were in the art history department, and I (like many designers) always found myself rearranging and scheming rooms from a very young age. One of my fondest memories is my mom bringing middle-school me to the local fabric store to pick out fabrics for my bedding and bed skirt. AND – I got to pick out my paint color!
After some time off from practicing law and once my youngest was out of diapers, I turned my attention toward all things interior design. The things that made me a good lawyer have translated into my interior design business – sticking to deadlines, being organized and being responsive to my clients and vendors. But unlike practicing law, this industry allows me to engage my right brain as well.
My business really took off after we completed the renovation of our 1925 home a couple of years ago and it was featured on a home tour benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. I haven’t looked backed since!
Q: How do you define your style?
A: My style – both in interiors and my personal style – is timeless with a twist. “Trendy” is a four-letter word in my book.
Q: Where do you find mentorship and/or inspiration for your business?
A: Travel is a huge source of inspiration, and I will never stop soaking up ideas from shelter magazines, design books, blogs like TGP, and movies. Design podcasts are also a huge source of education for me. I think it is safe to say I’ve listened to almost every “How to Decorate” podcast from Ballard Designs, and I love all things Business of Home.
Q: Do you have any favorite go-to paints, wallpapers, linens, artists, etc.?
A: Farrow & Ball is always my first stop (especially in older homes). In fact, my entire home is painted in F&B! My oldest daughter knew her room was “cabbage white” before she knew how to ride a bike. However, I’ve also found some real stunners from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.
For wallpapers, Twigs always knocks it out of the park. Soane has gorgeous wallpapers as well.
For fabrics, I’d use Rose Tarlow’s “Gigi” stripe or Rose Cummings “Swedish Stripe” in every room if I could.
For linens, D. Porthault is the ultimate luxury. I also adore Biscuit Home.
David Yarrow is my new favorite photographer. I was able to view his work on a recent trip to Colorado and was floored! I also love Julie Blackmon’s work.
James Andrew Smith and America Martin are high on my list of favorite artists. I am also a big fan of Olivia Fields, Hayley Sheldon, Kristin Shearer, and Brian Coleman.
Q: What are 5 everyday luxuries you could not live without?
A: Revision Intellishade and Hydrating Serum to start every day
A generous spritz or two of Hermes eau d’orange verte
Scented and unscented candles
Local produce AND coffee
My Tempurpedic mattress
Q: What are your goals for Wolf Interiors over the next five years?
A: I hope Wolf Interiors can take on more “whole home” projects. I really enjoyed seeing my own renovation through from start to finish (from creating the lighting plan and sourcing all the lighting, to creating a paint schedule, to furniture planning and procuring the soft goods). It is so rewarding to work with an architect and contractor to completely transform (or create) a space.
I have quite a few projects out of state, but I’d love to have a project in the low country – namely Savannah or Bluffton.
Q: What is one classic staple that every room should have?
A: That’s easy — a piece of brown antique furniture.
Q: What is your favorite design or coffee table book?
A: If you saw my pile, you’d know why this is such a hard question! One of my favorite weekend morning activities is to pour a big cup of coffee and plop down in our sunroom to flip through design books. Lately I’ve had all things Gil Shafer, Jeffrey Bilhuber, and Summer Thornton in heavy rotation.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A: When I am not spending time with my husband, two daughters, and Lagotto Romagnolo, I enjoy traveling, cooking, and playing tennis. Lately I’ve gotten really in to pickleball and mahjong.
Q: What do you consider the most exciting part of your work, and how do you stay energized on a project?
A: It is never lost on me that my clients are making a large investment and trusting me with their most sacred space. It is beyond thrilling to be able to work with someone to make a house a home! Although the process can be a long one (especially these days), I try to envision all the happy memories that will be made in the finished project. That first family dinner in the dining room? That first chat over snacks and cocktails on the corner banquette in the living room? What is more energizing than that?
Thank you so much for joining us today, Katie! We love seeing your beautiful work and cannot wait to follow your career!
For more information, please visit Wolf Interiors and follow @kwolfinteriors on Instagram for ongoing inspiration.
Very cheerful and comfy vibes through- congrats on making it look easy !
A lovely abode. So comfortable.
Pure talent. Gorgeous rooms done with taste. It just doesn’t get any better. This blog does a great job or education. I so appreciate it. Thanks, Ann
Thank you for the kind words, Ann! 🙂
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