The Style Files: Kate Rheinstein Brodsky

Kate Brodsky Headshot

{Photography by Taylor Jewell}

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky has had an eye for design from a very young age. Growing up in Los Angeles, the daughter of Suzanne Rheinstein, the renowned interior designer and owner of the beloved Hollyhock shop, Kate was surrounded by beautiful design throughout her youth. At age 18, she moved to New York to attend NYU and eventually went on to work as an editor at ELLE DECOR. In 2014, Kate followed in her mother’s well-heeled footsteps and opened up her store, KRB, a glossy shop filled with chic finds ranging from fine antiques and tabletop items to gifts and art. In just over two years, KRB has garnered a loyal following of design aficionados in pursuit of their next stylish acquisition. This January, KRB moved to a new, larger location on the Upper East Side. The new space continues to mix timeless style with current inspirations, offering one-of-a-kind antiques, colorful decorations, and custom furniture on the spacious ground floor. The second floor serves as a space to host workshops, lectures and private appointments – inviting both customers and decorators to meet in a more intimate setting. Kate is definitely one to watch. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know more about her in today’s interview!

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Paloma Contreras: How would you describe your style?

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky: A modern riff on traditional taste.

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PC: Has living in New York influenced your aesthetic in any way?

KRB: I moved here when I was 18 from Los Angeles to go to NYU. I had grown up with my mother’s southern Anglophile taste filtered through a Southern California lens which is incredibly beautiful. New York made me think in a more tailored and glamorous way—shiny surfaces to reflect city lights, a certain dressiness and gutsiness that stands up to the drama of the city.

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PC: What does your home say about you?

KRB: My apartment reflects my love for things deemed old-fashioned and my attempts to use them in a more contemporary way. I have three children and a very old dog so it also about my attempts to hide the chaos behind the sofa, under the cushions, and behind the closet doors!

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PC: Where do you turn for inspiration?

KRB: I love magazines and books (and Pinterest and Instagram) but nothing beats seeing something in person. Whether its a museum, a garden or someone’s house, experiencing it in the flesh gives you an entirely different perspective.

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PC: Who are your personal style icons?

KRB: I am always inspired by the strong women who I have been lucky enough to know—my mother, Bunny Williams, Julia Reed—women all known for their graciousness and style while entertaining. Style to me is more than how something looks (important as that is) it’s how it makes you feel. All three of them excel at making you feel welcome!

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{Beautiful, Timeless Rooms by Suzanne Rheinstein (top), Bunny Williams (bottom left), and Julia Reed (bottom right)}

PC: What trait do you most admire in a person?

KRB: The ability to laugh at oneself!

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PC: What is your guilty pleasure?

KRB: Sneaking out midweek for lunch with my husband.

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PC: Who or what has been your greatest professional influence?

KRB: Without a doubt, my parents Suzanne and Fred Rheinstein. Both entrepreneurs, they brought vast amounts of creativity to their respective fields. My father was a television producer, director and post-production pioneer and my mother is a decorator in Los Angeles and owner of iconic store, Hollyhock. They both instilled an incredible work ethic in me – they raised me to believe that anything worth doing, was worth doing right.

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PC: What is your idea of “living la dolce vita”?

KRB: With three small children, its enjoying those small moments of unrestrained joy or pleasure. Reading them books in front of a fire or watching them run around on the beach in East Hampton on a summer evening.

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PC: What can we look forward to next from you?

KRB: This year, I moved my New York shop, KRB, into a new space on East 74th Street, nearly doubling the size. With several parties underway including a private dinner on the second floor, we hope to hold more events – cocktail parties, book signings, pop-ups. I also recently launched a signature candle created for KRB by D.S. & Durga. It is so lovely — violet, moss and clary sage come together for a fresh green and floral scent. I am completely addicted to it and have it burning constantly.

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Go-To Outfit: black jcrew pants, a black Ann Mashburn shirt, and a Libertine duster.

Piece of Jewelry: A pair of moonstone earrings set in wood given to me by my husband from Taffin. They look like eyes and I think they are good luck!

Color I Never Tire Of: Green

Flower: masses of sweet peas

Indispensable Design Element: Comfort! Small tables to put your drink on, throws to curl up under, a chair to read in, flattering light

Fabric/Textile: I am MAD for Konstantin Kakania’s fabrics for Templeton. The lip prints and stripes and leaf prints – LOVE. Also, glazed chintzes from Bob Collins and Sons – Keith McCoy in Los Angeles has the best selection.

Hostess Gift: The KRB candle! It is pretty in a black matte vessel, smells delicious and is always appreciated.

Meal: Sushi or tacos

Drink: Bourbon in the winter, Tequila & tonic in the summer

Way to Unwind after a Long Day at Work: Hot bath with loads of Epsom salts and a stack of design magazines.

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3 Things I Love About My City: 24-hour Bodegas (although they are dwindling), the ability to walk anywhere, and seasons (Spring and Fall).

Weekend Destination: East Hampton

Hotel: Ballyfin

City: New York and Los Angeles.

Museum: Musee Nissam Commando in Paris – I can’t resist a house museum

Artist: Ingres

Song that Always Puts Me in a Great Mood: Lovely Day

Prized Possession: All of my Konstantin Kakanias illustrations of Mrs. Tependris!

Risk Worth Taking: Starting your own business

Greatest Extravagance: ironed sheets

Go-To Color Palette: Shades of Green with bits of Orange.

Rule to Break: only use white or black tapers

Movie Set Design: I want to say Auntie Mame but its really Gigi which has been my favorite movie since I was about 7.

I can never have too many…books!

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{Photography by Lesley Unruh, Courtesy of Kate Rheinstein Brodsky}

Traditional Glamour

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I love that One Kings Lane’s Style Guide gives us glimpses of homes we’ve seen before in a whole new light. Case in point, the ultra-chic Manhattan home of Kate Rheinstein Brodsky, which was just featured on One Kings Lane and previously appeared in ELLE DECOR in the May 2015. Kate is the owner of the stylish store, KRB and is the daughter of Los Angeles design doyenne, Suzanne Rheinstein, who owns the very chic shop, Hollyhock on La Cienega. It seems that style truly runs in the family!

Kate’s apartment is beautiful and while her style is distinctly her own, I couldn’t help but think of her mother when I saw her choice of fabrics, especially the Bob Collins chintz from Hollyhock on the sofa and chairs in the living room. I love the bold way in which Kate brought together very traditional elements in such a modern and striking way. This is the type of design that makes my heart sing. It is colorful, chic, and highly personal. I don’t know Kate at all, but I feel like her home really tells her story and gives me insight into what she might be like which is exactly what a room should do! KRB recently moved to a new location on the Upper East Side and it is on the top of my list of places to visit the next time I am in New York. I am also interviewing Kate for The Style Files soon, so stay tuned for more on this talent!KRB Foyer

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To get the look of Kate’s chic home, shop her curated One Kinsg Lane sale.

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{Photography by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane}

Green is Good

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{Kate Rheinstein Brodsky‘s Chic Library}

I just love green! I especially love the rich hues like moss, olive, and chartreuse, more so than brighter colors like emerald and kelly green. Rich green tones can go masculine or feminine, modern or traditional. I don’t know that I have a favorite color. I love black, white, pink, but green is right up there, too. It is a color that always inspires me. I find it to be chic, versatile, and enduring. I’ve been using green quite a bit in client projects lately and even have a #GreenisGood hashtag that I often use on Instagram. Whether you commit to it fully, decorating an entire room from floor to ceiling in a beautiful hue of green or if you prefer it in small doses as an accent color, it is virtually impossible to go wrong with such a tasteful, classic color. I hope this collection of beautiful images inspires you today! green betsy brown

{A Beautiful Hint of Green by Betsy BrownGreen Mark Cunningham

{One of my Favorite Rooms in Recent History by Mark Cunningham}

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{A Beautiful Dressing Room in Pale Green Treillage | Original Source Unknown}

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{Tory Burch’s Glamorous Green New York Living Room}

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{Lush Green Suede Walls by Veere Greeney as featured in Veranda}

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{My Friend, Bailey McCarthy‘s Chic, Yet Whimsical Bedroom feature Green Silk Walls as featured in House Beautiful}

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{Another Stylish Room by Betsy Brown featuring Green Accents}

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{Modern meets Traditional in a Chic Green Library by Charlotte Lucas}

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{High Voltage Glamour Goes Green in Todd Alexander Romano‘s New York Apartment}

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{A Timeless, Green Velvet Sofa with Tape Trim by Palmer Weiss}

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{I chose Schumacher’s sumptuous Venetian Silk Velvet in Olivine for a few accents in the bedroom I designed for the Southern Style Now Showhouse in New Orleans last year.}

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Jet Set: The New York Edition Hotel

Hello LDV readers! Brendan here of the In/Spree shopping app. For today’s Jet Set post, I’m taking us to New York City! With fashion week just around the corner, NYC is the perfect travel destination! The New York Edition is located downtown across from Madison Square Park, in an iconic skyscraper dating from 1909. The property features a posh restaurant, two bars, 24 hour gym, and spa services! (Above) How beautiful is this NYC landmark?
 (Above) The hotel lobby boasts ample seating as well as a bar. I really like the modern lobby, nice juxtaposition to the classic exterior.
 (Above) How incredible is this spiral staircase? I’m a huge fan of spiral stairs and this one does not disappoint.
 (Above) The Clocktower is the in-house restaurant. The restaurant features a menu of updated classics and contemporary British fare.
 (Above) One of the dishes, a modern twist on a Burrata.
 (Above) How great is the living room of the Penthouse Suite? The Penthouse Suite, boasts over 1,300 sq. ft of space with views of Madison Square Garden.
 (Above) The Loft room is a great, more affordable option.
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All in the Family

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Have you read the May issue of ELLE DECOR yet? It is rare for me to like every home featured in a magazine. Sometimes, I like one, other times, I like most, but in the case of the latest issue of ELLE DECOR, I liked all of the homes! My favorite, is the ultra-chic Manhattan home of Kate Rheinstein Brodsky, which is featured on the cover above. I was thinking of featuring one of the rooms tomorrow for my weekly “Fabulous Room” feature, but I couldn’t decide on a single space. Each room is gorgeous! So instead, I thought I’d share a full house tour today and tomorrow, I have something very special in store for you in the realm of fashion– stay tuned!

Kate Rheinstein Brodsky is the daughter of Los Angeles design doyenne, Suzanne Rheinstein, who owns the very chic shop, Hollyhock on La Cienega. It seems that style truly runs in the family! Kate’s apartment is beautiful and while her style is distinctly her own, I couldn’t help but think of her mother when I saw her choice of fabrics, especially the Bob Collins chintz from Hollyhock on the sofa and chairs in the living room. I love the bold way in which Kate brought together very traditional elements in such a modern and striking way. This is the type of design that makes my heart sing. It is colorful, chic, and highly personal. I don’t know Kate at all, but I feel like her home really tells her story and gives me insight into what she might be like which is exactly what a room should do! Kate recently opened a very chic store, KRB, offering a beautifully curated assortment of antiques and items for the home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. I wish I’d had a chance to visit while I was in New York in February, but the brutal cold kept me from venturing everywhere I had planned to go. I will definitely need to stop by KRB on my next visit.

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KRB KITCHEN

KRB BATH

KRB GIRLS BEDROOM

KRB FOYER

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{Images by Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR}