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Feb 22, 2006
Two years after graduating from Harvard, Celerie Kemble had what she calls a "slap-on-the-head" moment. Working in film production in New York City, she unwound on weekends by poking through flea markets and rooting around in junk stores, finding great decorative stuff for herself and her friends. Although she was absolutely certain that interior design was the only thing she would never practice, in the end Kemble just couldn't deny her own DNA. Hence, that slap on the head.
Kemble is the daughter of celebrated interior designer Mimi Maddock McMakin of Kemble Interiors, Inc. of Palm Beach, London, and New York. (Her "other mother" is McMakin's business partner, Brooke Wendel Huttig.) This meant growing up in a redecorated, deconsecrated church, and under the influence of a woman who noticed everything involving design in a space. "I'm lucky to have a photographic memory of the many beautiful rooms I've seen in my life, " Kemble says. What is her own approach to achieving such beauty? "I mix the old and new and use color, shapes and as many different textures as possible to achieve depth of character to a room."
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