Lighting, Textiles, and the Hunt: A few of TK’s Favorite Things
“I believe in taking care of what you have. Our disposable culture weighs on me, so I find it particularly rewarding to repurpose items or buy secondhand where I can. Not to mention, the quality and craftsmanship of materials are often many times superior. Take that tea set,” TK says from her hand-crafted, repurposed wooden dining table. She points across the room to her buffet cabinet, “I bought that from an estate sale. This little old lady had each piece wrapped in dish towels and handed it over to me with such pride. Everytime I look at it, I think of her; she took care of it, and now it is my turn. You wouldn’t get all that from the lady at the Macy’s counter.”
Living beautifully for this designer also means great lighting, beautiful textiles, and scores of magazines. “I eat, breathe, and sleep design. I don’t throw away my design magazines because I know whatever trend is in now will come around again in a few years. There are no new trends, just new expressions of nostalgic looks. I am constantly editing and rearranging things, and my magazines give me inspiration.”
Check out TK’s design blog at www.blueoakoutdoor.com.