Eileen Kathryn Boyd (ekbinteriors.com) has been transforming the homes of Long Islanders for years. With her passion and expertise in color, now the rest of the country can enjoy the talents of this top designer. This month, Boyd talks with us about her new line of fabrics with Duralee and her recent collaboration on a new line of lamps from Mottega.
LIP: You’ve recently partnered up with Duralee for a new line of fabrics. Tell us about the collection.
EKB: I am so proud to be the first licensee for Duralee and they’ve been so wonderful to work with. The collection is very expressive, which I just love. All of the patterns are from my sketch book. I was trained as a fine artist, so I’m always sketching! I brought my sketches to Duralee and the CAD team turned them into beautiful textile patterns.
LIP: The colors and patterns are so fresh and vibrant! Where does your inspiration come from?
EKB: All of my inspiration came from either palettes in projects I’ve done for clients or some of the colors are ones that I just couldn’t find in textiles or were just too expensive. I wanted to recreate them on an affordable level. We ended up with five color stories that work interchangeably with one another. All of it is unique to have five color books, mixed with prints and wovens, so I’m really proud of that. Ultimately, there are 16 pattern ways so you can really put rooms together using just these books.
LIP: You’ve also collaborated with Mottega on a new line of lamps, tell us about this.
EKB: I met Mark Moussa, founder of Mottega and its sister brand Arteriors Home, at the High Point Furniture Market and he approached me about being a color influencer for his new line of customizable lamps. It’s fantastic—you customize your own lamps, choosing your favorite base, the color, shade and finial. I loved working with them, it brought me back to my artistic skill set. We launched nine colors for the line. The lamp bases are all ceramic and made in Portugal, so we used the Pantone color system to select the colors and they translated beautifully.
LIP: Do you find that home accessories such as fabric and lamps are important to bring a room to life?
EKB: Accessories are so important! Fabrics are an absolute must and lamps are just a timeless classic. I think it is so important to have that customization factor for clients to help them tell their story. I always ask, ‘What’s your color story?’ And select fabrics and accessories around their answers.
LIP: Have you started working with the fabrics on any projects?
EKB: I recently received my stock of fabrics from the Duralee line here in my showroom in Huntington, so I’m eager to start using them in client projects! I’ll definitely be using them in the Hampton Designer Showhouse this summer (July 24 – September 4), which I hope will get lots of visitors! I really am enjoying branching out and I look forward to doing more in the future.
Design Tip: If you like to read in bed, use a lamp that is 30” high. A wide-bottom, translucent lampshade made of fabric or high-quality paper is ideal.