Interior designer Kathryn Ivey loves this quote by Thomas Jefferson: “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty and in the point of life.” Indeed, she loves walking around Paris so much that after several short trips, Ivey and her husband Ron sold their Capitol Hill rowhouse, packed up their possessions and moved to the Left Bank with their Schnauzer, Max. That was three years ago, and they haven’t looked back.
“Thankfully, my clients were excited about my relocation,” says Ivey, who, in 2015, was named a Next Wave Designer by House Beautiful magazine. “As for me, I’ve always seen my move to Paris as an expansion of my work and services.” Ivey still has an active office in the heart of Old Town Alexandria, Va., as well as Paris. She frequently flies to DC to check on projects and garner new business.
Her latest venture is The Paris Edit, a unique design service tailored for American clientele—both interior designers and private clients—traveling to Paris in search of unusual art and furnishings for their home. It was born out of her natural curiosity for beauty in her adopted city and her love of the thrill of the hunt.
“I serve as an insider bilingual guide, taking my clientele to the more elusive showrooms, galleries, boutiques and the Marché aux pus—helping them with their selections,” she says. “But part of coming to Paris is not just shopping but experiencing the French culture, so during our time together, we might stop for a leisurely Parisian lunch or enjoy an espresso at a cafe.”
Spending quality time with Ivey—and her trained design eye—in Paris. Well, that might just be the pièce de résistance.