"Dubbed 'haute couture furniture,' the furnishings of Los Angeles based designer Kelly Martin pay homage to the sartorial set. The latest iterations of ATELIERxKM, her bespoke line (available through Una Malan), riff on fashion-forward tailoring, pairing natural woods with blackened steel accents. Here, the designer shares her stylistic inspirations."
“After founding her interior design company in 2014, Martin’s parlay into furniture design arose from a personal need. Inspiration for ATELIERxKM, the bespoke home collection she debuted in summer 2020, came from fashion designers like Sonia Rykiel and Coco Chanel. “I really loved that high-end has an element of darkness to it, almost a mysterious tone, and I wanted to embody that in my designs...Launching a brand-new company at the beginning of a pandemic sounds absolutely insane, but I’m so glad I did it.”
15 Colors That Pair Beautifully With Burgundy
"As the saying goes, the devil lies in the details. Don't believe us? Just take a look at this taupe-tinged space by Kelly Martin, which features small doses of burgundy. "I used burgundy in a way to tie in the red from the artwork without going full on lipstick red. I liked how it created a tonal theme with various shades of red." The result? A room that's sophisticated and serene."
"When laying out the cabinetry in a small kitchen, I like to keep it simple and clean, since a smaller space can feel cluttered so easily," she shares. "I try to envision the walking path of how the client would use it while cooking and provide necessary storage around major work areas, like the stove and the sink."
“My grandmother was a collector of interesting chairs and it taught me that chairs can be used as a functional sculpture in most spaces,” designer Kelly Martin says. “You can stick one in the corner and stack books, magazines, or a plant, and they instantly become a funky little addition to your room. The weirder the chair, the better!”
A Bold, Masculine Kitchen
“Before even pulling inspiration images, designer Kelly Martin starts her creative process by identifying a few descriptive words with her clients so she can really understand the direction. “My initial description for this project was clean, bold and masculine,” she says.”...
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“Whether it's the rustling of the leaves in the wind or the calm after a rainstorm, I find that being outside offers a feeling of zen that's helpful when getting into a creative zone,"
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“...Similarly, interior designer Kelly Martin isn't feeling the return of the '80s in home design. (Think: Giant block graphics and neon colors.) "It's definitely a trend that I see popping up, and some designers are doing it tastefully, but the over-the-top version of this feels a little bit like overkill to me," she says.
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“Know that you can paint over ugly canvases from thrift stores...now it's my favorite large-scale piece of art in my house."
“Think Euro-chic — European interior designers are doing this so well,” she says. “Mixing the old classic moldings with minimalistic industrial cabinetry, ultra modern lighting, or super clean lines in the furniture creates a juxtaposition that is both sophisticated and surprising. Plus, it really brings out the beauty in the architecture itself. “
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Before Kelly Martin opened her own interior designer firm, she worked in the wood shop of a commercial design-build company, later moving into custom furniture design for a retailer in L.A. Martin has now launched her own furniture line, ATELIERxKM.
Houzz [Kitchen Design]
February 16, 2019
In this Los Angeles kitchen, interior designer Kelly Martin used a squared-off aesthetic on many of the elements to create a modern cottage look. The 4-by-4-inch tile fits in well with the bar drawer pulls and the edges of the countertop and open shelves.
Houzz [Kitchen Design]
February 7, 2019
The delightful blue-and-white pattern of the encaustic tile floors inspired the color palette for this Los Angeles kitchen. Interior designer Kelly Martin gave it a modern cottage look that works well with its original Craftsman style yet feels fresh and updated. ...
The Spruce [27 Dining Room Lighting Ideas for Every Style]
April 18, 2018
When it comes to enjoying meals at home with family or friends, the dining room is a special place for making memories. So, of course, you want to rev up your space with beautiful lighting. But do you choose the perfect light fixture? ...
Houzz [Working with Pros]
November 6, 2018
Designers have access to a wide range of fabrics & finishes that can come together to create a stylish & kid-friendly home. When a young couple with a toddler, a newborn & a dog bought the newly renovated home shown here, they reached out to Kelly Martin Interiors ...
Houzz [Kitchen Makeovers]
September 18, 2018
Savvy layout changes and beautiful design choices result in kitchens that work better for their households ...
Uprise Art Journal [At Home]
January 10, 2018
Balancing differing aesthetics, our friend and interior designer Kelly Martin brings together mid-century statement pieces with natural wood finishes (plus a pop of teal) in this Los Angeles redesign. After a trip to the Uprise Art Loft, the designer discovered works by Katrine Hildebrandt-Hussey and Laura Berman to complete the design. ...
Houzz [Decorating Stories & Guides]
November 11, 2017
7 Top Living Room Design Ideas From This Week’s Stories ... Open layouts have a lot of benefits, but visually and physically you still want some sort of transition and separation between functions. Who wants to feel as though they’re dining in their living room? One simple trick is ...
Houzz [Living Rooms: Living Room of the Day]
A New Living Room Blends Midcentury & Traditional Design
November 6, 2017
See how a designer mixes timeless charm and mid-century finds in a layout ideal for family and friends.
Designing Your Home with Original Art
June 11, 2017
Join us at PlatformLA for a lively discussion on art and design, and how to create an artful home. Panelists include Kelly Martin, an interior designer from Homepolish, Tze Chun, founder of Uprise Art, and artist duo Jessica Haye & Clark Hsiao.