by: Lia Beck
Atlanta based interior designer Kelly Ottinger’s passion for design is clear with just one glance at her blog, Kelly Market. But you won’t want to stop at just one glance. Post after pretty post show Kelly’s chic design finds and inspiration. Kelly spoke with us about her love of interior design, e-design services, and her obsession with rare books. She also shared her top ten Taigan picks that can help you bring some of Kelly’s “live-in chic” aesthetic into your own home.
How did you get into interior design?
I grew up playing with my grandmother’s antiques and constantly rearranging furniture. From a very young age, becoming a designer was pretty much the only career I’ve ever considered.
How would you describe your interior design aesthetic?
I like a house that feels at once both elegant and inviting. My favorite spaces have a mix of patterns and periods, but all share the same qualities of lived-in chic. At the end of the day, I think it’s important to remember that home is where the heart is.
Your blog, Kelly Market, features all types of design from interior to fashion and the blog itself is gorgeously designed too. What do you think makes you so interested in design overall?
I think it’s very important to stay connected not just to the design world, but to all the arts. I draw so much inspiration from seeing documentaries, art exhibits, and always fashion; particularly street style and couture.
1. Fox Salt and Pepper Shakers, $22.50; 2. Leopard Pillow, $225; 3. Vintage chairs with faux tortoise shell finish, $2,740; 4. Rock N Rolla Finial – Betty Davis Eyes, $65; 5. Pair of Blue and White Jars with Foo Lid, Mid-19TH C, $1,900; 6. Chinoiserie with Butterfly Painting in Frame, $2,500; 7. Leopard Needlepoint Loafer-Women’s, $195; 8. Decorating Is Fun by Dorothy Draper, $200; 9. Occasional Table with Genuine Viper, $4,400; 10. 1960’s Kenneth Jay Lane Pink and Turquoise Earrings, $848
When and why did you decide to start blogging?
I had been reading blogs for quite some time and sort of had an “aha!” moment where I thought to myself, why am I not doing this? I’ve always been really gaga for new products and especially new resources, so that’s ultimately the foundation of Kelly Market and what I focus on.
You offer design services in Atlanta, but also “virtual services” to clients located anywhere. Can you tell us a little about the virtual services?
My e-design services are called Kelly at Home and consist of everything from complete room makeovers to simply asking me a question on where to find something. I work with people all over the country and it’s one of my favorite things about my job. The ability to help someone with a design problem in a virtual sense is really quite amazing and I think it’s something we’ll continue to see more of in the future.
And finally, what is your absolute favorite shop you’ve found on Taigan?
I’m obsessed with Nick Harvill Libraries!!! Collecting and gifting out-of-print and rare books is one of my favorite things and his collection is simply the best. Every time I visit I find books I never knew existed and suddenly have to have.