Rita Konig’s mom Nina Campbell is one of London’s top decorators, but Rita has made her own name as a designer and style writer, and now is currently the European Editor for WSJ. Magazine. Here, she shops Taigan and shares her passions, exclusively on Fetch.
What items in your house mean the most to you?
Probably the pictures. They are the things that take the longest to collect, and they all have a story behind them. They either remind of the person that gave them to me, a trip I bought them on, or growing up because they are pictures my mother has given me that were hanging on the walls while I was growing up. I also have a few Hugo Guinness pictures that I love, because I love the way he paints and I adore him. So the walls are really covered with stuff that means a lot to me.
If money were no object what one piece would you buy for your house?
I would love a vintage Howard sofa. Howard Chairs are the master craftsmen for upholstery and there are few things more fabulous that sinking back into a really comfortable sofa. Other than that it would be lovely to have a really good painting.
What is your favorite hostess gift to give? To receive?
Currently I find myself going to Lutyens and Rubenstein on Kensington Park Road and buying a stack of books. It is my favourite bookstore in London and I love receiving books that friends have enjoyed, so I think it is a good thing to give. And what house can’t do with a few more books?
When you entertain at home, you usually….
Fill the ice bucket and stick a chicken in the oven.
When you got out in London, your go-to spot is…
Currently I am loving a small new restaurant at the end of my street called The Tin Shed on All Saints Road. For an American visiting London this is the real Notting Hill.
When you go out in NYC, your go-to spot is…
The Waverly Inn. I am a creature of habit with restaurants. In NY especially it is lovely to go somewhere where they know you and take care of you. The Waverly was my local and I have had a lot of fun there and so have a great affection for the place and all the staff there.
Your ideal client is….
A decisive one!
Do you have a favorite fabric? Paint color?
I have favourite fabric houses. I love Raoul Textiles and I am also newly in love with Tissus Tartares and am planning on walling out my bedroom in a fabric of their called Ete Muscovite.
What is the best lesson you learned from your mom?
Comfort, a room is no good to you if it isn’t comfortable and a lot of that stems from practicality. I use that rule of thumb almost every time I plan a room.
What song do you listen to most on your current playlist?
Growing up beside you by Paulo Nutini and Halocene by Bon Iver.
Your favorite weekend getaway is…
Currently a ramshackle old shepherd’s cottage deep in the Welsh hills with no electricity. It is heavenly, a log burning raeburn to cook on and that heats the water, open fires, candle light at night, no one around and in the most beautiful setting. I hope I will be there this weekend.
Pictured above: A few of Rita’s favorite finds! To see the complete list of Rita’s finds, visit Taigan.com.