Designing From the Heart

When it comes to finding inspiration, interior designer Kim Hendrickson-Radovich of Kim E. Courtney Interiors & Design turns to the rich history and beauty of Long Island’s communities.

Long Island Pulse: What is your design philosophy?
Kim Hendrickson-Radovich:
For me, a truly successful project is one that reflects the philosophy of my clients. The finished product should be an extension of who they are, with my own spin on it as well. I believe that as a designer, it is my responsibility to bring good style and expertise to a project.

LIP: What are your favorite types of projects to work on?
One of my greatest passions is restoring older homes. I love bringing them back to their original grandeur and Long Island has plenty, especially along the Gold Coast. I also love how challenging they can be. Some of my clients’ homes date back to the early 1900s and I’ve learned that such older homes can have many, many surprises along the way.

LIP: How does a new construction project compare?
I have clients who come to me from the very start. I consult with the architect and work on the floor plan even before the construction begins. Thoughtful planning is so important, from selecting the right door and window placements all the way down to how the traffic will flow in the home. It makes a huge difference to plan ahead of time, rather than work around problems later.

LIP: What design trends are you currently embracing?
I will always have a European sensibility to my designs (I’m a bit of a Francophile) but I’ve been mixing things up lately and pushing my ideas forward. I’m enjoying mixing mid-century modern looks with a traditional or contemporary interior. Original artwork is a great way to do this; it adds some interest without overdoing it.

LIP: How does trust develop with a client?
When it comes to trying something new, it’s all about trust with my clients. My job is to know who they are and what they need. It’s up to me to infuse a family’s home with the energy I pick up on from them. Trust only comes once you are comfortable with one another, so it’s always important to really get to know your clients.

LIP: You are also involved in several charities on Long Island. Any events coming up?
Yes! I’m very excited to be co-chairing the Go Red for Women Luncheon, for the Long Island chapter of the American Heart Association on February 16 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. I’ve been a volunteer with this chapter for eight years now. Giving back to my community is so important to me. I have such a wonderful, fulfilling life here on Long Island; it is such a beautiful place to live.

Design Tip: To wake things up, try working with subtle shades of grey and black, and then add pops of bright colors such as lime and tangerine.

lauren debellis

A former magazine editor, Lauren DeBellis has been writing and producing stories about home decorating and design for nearly ten years. She resides in East Northport with her husband.