2 Chicago Designers Give An Inside Look At Their Style Ethos


Chicago designers and Luxe Next In Design 99 honorees Candace Mary Griffin and Kate Taylor dish on their approach to interiors, from favorite patterns to must-follow design rules.

Candace Mary Griffin


Bedroom with dark green walls, gray upholstered bed and fluffy white area rug on wood floors.

Photo: Martin Vecchio

Having fun with subtle details and pops of color, this Luxe Next In Design 99 talent crafts cohesive interiors that are moody yet still playful. Read on for an inside look at the Candace Mary Interiors principal’s aesthetic.

Favorite paint color? Green anything—the moodier the better. I’m currently obsessed with Clare’s Dirty Martini.

Project approach? We focus on how the client wants the space to feel and center the process around that. We want our rooms to inspire people to stay awhile.

Design rule to live by? Do what works for you and the way you live, but always consider scale—getting the scale right makes all the difference.

Kate Taylor


Creamy white sectional in front of wood shelving and next to windows with plaid Roman shades.

Photo: Aimée Mazzenga

Carefully tailoring her elegant, timeless style to suit each of her clients’ needs, the principal of Kate Taylor Interiors pushes boundaries while maintaining an air of sophistication. Here, the LUXE Next In Design 99 honoree shares more about her design sensibility.

Go-to pattern? We opt for more texture over pattern, but you can’t go wrong with stripes or a classic chevron.

Main motivator? Learning and evolving while maintaining our unique point of view. It is exciting to think that our aesthetic and processes will continue to grow and change with each project. We will forever seek new inspiration and techniques to deliver innovative and beautiful spaces.

One item that belongs in every house? Great art—and a Loro Piana fringed cashmere throw.

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