Keith Baltimore is an award winning interior designer. He set up Baltimore Design Group over 25 years ago, and has gone on to create a successful business and brand. His designs are classic and elegant, and I particularly love the way that he uses scale in his projects, something which I’ve noticed that US designers are particularly good at.
I was really excited at the opportunity to interview Keith. Do enjoy.
What is your design signature/style?
There is no set Keith Baltimore signature style because I take my inspiration from the client’s individuality; thus, each of my designs is unique. I source the most luxurious furnishings and materials for a beautiful and functional space to enhance the lifestyle and comfort of my upscale clientele.
What type of people do you love to work with as clients?
The best client for me is someone who is communicative, developing a rapport with me, whereby I intuit what they want, how they live, and what their aspirations are. The relationship becomes up-close and personal, and the visual I create will reflect their individuality. For example, I once asked a client to let me watch her put on her make-up before custom designing her vanity table; I wanted to see exactly how she would use the piece.
Can you tell us about a particularly exciting project?
I built a luxury resort in the Caribbean, exterior and interior, including all the guestrooms, fine restaurant, the spa, and pool area.
Does your home reflect your professional style?
Absolutely! I recently bought a new apartment in New York City, and did a complete renovation. My home (just as I do for a client), is a reflection of who I am. I surround myself with the elements I love the most – the glamour of black with metallic and crystal accents, and dramatic lighting.
If you had £10,000 to spend on a piece of furniture/accessory/art/decor item, what would it be and why?
For me it would be a simply divine bed! After all, a bed is the restorative center of life’s necessities.
What’s next for your business/brand?
Branding a collection of my own designs that would convey my idea of glamour and sophisticated comfort. And just maybe I would throw that bed into it!
Which new/up and coming designers do you currently have your eye on?
Not just one person in particular, but rather we all can appreciate the work that demonstrates our striving for a point of view.
If someone reading this was about to begin their own home redesign project, what would be your best advice to them?
Needless to say, I would advise them to retain a professional interior designer! Such projects are much more complicated than most people realize. And the end result may not turn out the way they visualize unless all the moving parts are selected, coordinated and installed by a pro.
You can contact Keith Baltimore through his website, Baltimore Design Group.