Welcome Home, Mrs. Spade

Many of you have seen these images before.  Kate and Andy Spade’s apartment in New York has become a bit iconic in the blog world.  (If folks who are immersed in technology are “techies” are those of us well versed in decor “deccies?”  You decide.)

Originally featured in World of Interiors, Kansas City’s own design magazine, Spaces, acquired the rights to showcase them in the September Fashion issue.

In case you didn’t know, Mrs. Spade is a native.  I know a few folks who call her Katie.  I actually lived on the same floor as her sister our freshman year at KU.  She and her roommate ditched the standard issue twin beds and brought in bunk beds to give them more room.  It also provided easy access to the ceiling which they proceeded to turn into something of an inspiration board.  Needless-to-say, I do not refer to the designer as “Katie” and her sister was far too cool to remember the likes of me.

Judith Fertig, a regular contributor to Spaces, wrote the engaging text that accompanies the stunning images.  

It’s probably best I never meet Mrs. Spade myself.  I fear I would follow her around like a cloying wanna-be saying things like, “I adore your glossy, black interior doors.  You know, the doors in my hallway are black.” or “We have so much in common!  Did I mention my kitchen is green and black and white, too.”  Or worse, “Fab wallpaper in the bath; I just silver leafed vines on my sitting room walls, you should drop in to see.”

Naturally, I would go on and on about Ted Muehling and his unbelievable candlesticks.

I missed the World of Interiors issue, so I am glad to have these images on paper, safely in my file in my desk.  In it’s own yellow and white striped folder labeled “Katie” in black ink.
The September issue is on newsstands in town now.  If you are not in Kansas City and would like to get your hands on this issue, and you don’t subscribe, you can email Spaces distribution manager at fkronschnabel@kcstar.com  to obtain a copy for $6.  
But you do subscribe, right?  
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32 thoughts on “Welcome Home, Mrs. Spade

  1. I paint all my interior doors black. it’s a great decorating tool especially for hollow core sh*tty doors. pardon my french.

    you are not too uncool either. be sure bb8 reads this – she grew up next door (I think next door) to Kate. you are so funny – I LOVE your blog, seriously – your writing style is sooo witty – I love it!

  2. That entry never fails to inspire me, and you always seem to have some sort of interesting, “Kevin Bacon Game” story to share.

  3. Joni – Megan usually drops in, and yes, you are right she and Spade’s family were neighbors. And, thank you for your kind words – it means something to hear it from you.

  4. Courtney – Kansas City is a Kevin Bacon game. Want to keep playing? Spades’s sister’s roommate married a guy who went to MU who was the brother of one of my dad’s best friends and colleagues. I could go on all day.

  5. Mrs. Blandings- yes, we all love that apt. and esp. all that glorious art.

    But what I really like about this post is that you put a subscribe link. It's really important these days to support the publications that give us our decor fix.

    And articles in regional magazines like yours in KC someday may be turned into a great book like Domestic Art/Paper City that Assouline is publishing where all of us get to enjoy what's happening in other parts of the country. (Can you tell I'm still missing House & Garden dreadfully?)

  6. Perhaps its been done before, but I would like to hear a discussion about her art/framing. I love how it is a mix yet seems so pulled together. Any ideas how she did it?

  7. Her rooms look like her bags, and shoes, and notepaper! The definition of chic. I also love her magazine ads.

    It’s probably best if you don’t meet her, though. It would be like me meeting Paul McCartney or something. Although, I have met Bunny Williams and managed a few mono-syllables.

  8. OOOOOOOH La La!……..I love the inspiration from Katie’s world!
    Thanks for sharing it with me! I am getting a subscription to SPACES today!
    Mrs. Blandings, don’t be so hard on yourself…..Kate would love to know you! I think you are terrific!
    Thanks again for inspiring me today.

  9. gilt trip – I forgot to mention that Steven Sclaroff (stevenscaroff.com) did the design. As far as the art and framing? I’d call that a gift. I’m enchanted by the mix of finishes, colors and materials, but would be intimidated to attempt it myself.

  10. Thanks Mrs. blandings for reposting Kate’s apartment. As you know, I admire Kate as well, and guess what we’re finally getting a Kate Spade Store here in Nashville!!!

  11. so lovely! I’d love to see more of the bath with the green paper that we get a glimpse of in the 6th photo down.

    thanks for sharing!

  12. Thanks so much for this post, especially for those of us who don’t live in Kansas City. I never would have been able to see these pics, and I just love them all! I loved the little peek into her bathroom, the green walls with the silver branches… so pretty!

    You did this trick with silver leaf? I’m sure that was gorgeous. My bathroom is green, you’ve given me inspiration:)

    PS, you are hilarious!!!!!!!!!

  13. To those of you who mentioned it, from what I understand, Mrs. Spade is nothing but gracious and lovely. I’m sure if we met she would be warm and engaging.

    And, Linda, that did occur to me as well, but I’d felt I’d taken the BFF thing as far as I could. 🙂

    Meg – I have finished – I’ll work in a shot soon. I do have a new fixture to go in there and I was hoping to have it installed first. You are a dear to remember it was in process.

  14. it’s such a bummer when I log on first thing with coffee and do not find you.

    no pressure, really!

    it’s just that I also expect my coffee to be bitter if it’s not enjoyed with your good company.

    read you soon, I’m sure.

    really, no pressure. 🙂

  15. Adorable Anon. – thank you so much for your very kind and pressure free words. Believe it or not, it bums me out when I don’t post as well. I so enjoy our little chats and it is troublesome when life gets in the way. I was on deadline (and sort of still am) but should be free and clear for a while. It’s lovely to be missed. No pressure at all.

  16. Mrs. Blandings, my day is off kilter when you do not post. I am officially an addict. Please come back soon, we miss you!
    No pressure but my well being is in your hands! LOL

  17. Thanks for today’s smile. You are so funny. Love this post and love this space. An inspiration in every room, but that’s Katie!

  18. I love the fact that the apartment is classic but still feels as though a young(ish) family lives there; too often, classic can veer into old lady territory.

    I always love, Mrs. B, the fact that you always know people who know people but that you never print an unkind word about anyone. This is a gift/ discipline that I wish other bloggers would emulate.

  19. s. – I completely agree on the apartment, I think that is why it is so appealing. Classic elements in an updated – and very personal – style.

    And thank you on the rest. I took my cue from the best of the best. Courtney Barnes at Style Court and Jennifer Dwyer at The Peak of Chic have long blogged on the philosophy that if you don’t have anything nice to say…. They will be around long after the drama queens are gone.

  20. Oh my, how lovely, sigh. I am afraid I too would lose all cool if I found myself in the presence of Sir Andy and H.R.H. Kate. Best I admire them from afar.

  21. I'm in the process of painting my apartment and am going for the gray walls / white trim / black doors look. However, I'm trying to find out the colors Kate Spade used. There are so many shades of gray, white and black, and I'm not certain which ones will go together as well as what's in Kate's apartment. Also, I'm trying to figure out the finish for the paints (i.e., matte, semi-gloss, or high-gloss). Can anyone help?

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