Q&A With Kate Malone


Kate Malone is a boutique interior design consultancy specialising in unique residential interiors. The emphasis is on combining both aesthetic and practical elements of design, with the attention to detail that carefully encapsulates the client’s spirit.

Kate is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) who trained at the internationally acclaimed design school, KLC, at the Design Centre in Chelsea during 2003/2004. We chatted with Kate, to learn more about her projects, design inspiration and working with Chase Erwin fabrics.

How would you best describe your signature style / design aesthetic?

Pared back elegance. Classic with a contemporary twist. We like to create designs that capture our clients’ individuality with harmony and flow.

Please tell us about some of your recent projects?

We recently worked on a Victorian villa with rear, side, roof and subterranean extensions, indoor pool, and full internal refurb. We bought fabulous lamps and ceiling lights from Porta Romana, Heathfield and Flos and had extensive bespoke cabinetry in both classic and contemporary styles, depending on the room function. We fused a contemporary kitchen, bathrooms and flooring with some of the client’s beautiful inherited pieces. In addition, a large, light new build with a family feel, fabulous Tom Howley kitchen and comfortable oatmeal fabrics with blues as the main accent colour repeating throughout. Again, bespoke joinery was a core component of the designs in a number of rooms, along with some beautiful lighting from Heathfield and Curiosa & Curiosa, and some more high street finds juxtaposed with Italian sofas and a stunning art collection. We also recently worked on a jewel of a little Victorian house, all white, wood and texture with monochrome highlights and plants. A ruthlessly pared back scheme (at the client’s request!) which totally transformed the family’s home. Designing at this level of simplicity was a challenge as every tiny detail is visible and very relevant to the overall end product. We’re currently working on large, 18 room Edwardian house – a full refurbishment with a stunning glass cube extension to one elevation. The design aesthetic is classic country, simplified and given a slightly more urban twist, with strong cabinetry and furniture shapes, and an eclectic mix of bespoke pieces, antique and vintage finds to complement the client’s own art collection.

Where do you find the inspiration for your schemes?

Chelsea Harbour and various design shows, a stroll around Chelsea, Pimlico or Mayfair, visits to European cities, Instagram and Pinterest research, magazines like World of Interiors, Elle Deco, Living Etc.., Enki. Auction house and vintage fair visits. Oh, and a lot of Google research!

We’re delighted that you have chosen to specify Chase Erwin in some of your projects, please tell us why? (Colours? Textures? Quality? Versatility of range? Etc…)

I specified a large quantity of Molecule fabrics in a new build in 2021. This fabric is a stunning texture, it drapes so beautifully, with a soft luxurious texture and a gentle sheen. Either plain or with a complementary leading-edge trim, it makes up into beautiful curtains, blinds and pelmets. I have specified Molecule again, in one of the gorgeous colourways on my current project. I have a number of other Chase Erwin fabrics on the specification lists for current jobs – boucles for upholstery, plains and sheers. The colour range is superb and the quality of everything I have used is excellent.

What makes Chase Erwin textiles stand out?

The collection is relatively small and hangs together really well. Layering a scheme from curtains, both sheer and interlined, to blinds, upholstery and cushions using exclusively Chase Erwin fabrics creates a very coherent scheme with a high end, luxury feel.

What is your favourite fabric from Chase Erwin?

Currently Molecule – without question!

Thank you, Kate! We can’t wait to see photos from your exciting upcoming projects with Chase Erwin, later this year.