Designer Dossier: Emily C. Butler

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Emily C. Butler

Location: New York, NY

Aesthetic: Classic, Tailored, Detailed

Three Can’t Live Without Products

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Le Marais Bath Accessories

“I often use Kassatex bath accessories and especially love this collection for the pleasing ripple shape paired with the more serious black contrast.”

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Sullivan Ribbed Towels

“I love these textured towels– these are perfect for a client who shies away from a white towel for practical reasons but also doesn’t prefer a bold, solid towel. These wash up great, too!”

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Erin Gates Iris Block Quilt Collection

“I often prefer a quilt or coverlet to a duvet for tidy, easy bed making and this subtle print adds a little something without overwhelming or overpowering other bedding choices. Soft and easy to wash, too!”

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Kassatex: How did you start designing?
ECB: I started my professional career working in real estate finance and enjoyed the creative freedom of co-authoring a blog focused on entertaining, decorating, and cooking with my good girlfriend so much that after rebounding from the big economic crisis in 2008, I decided to move to New York and pursue a career change to interior design. After studying at Parsons and working for a boutique firm on the Upper West Side, I decided to go out on my own.

Kassatex: Three designers who inspire you?
ECB: Gil Schaefer, Katie Ridder, and Beata Heuman.

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Kassatex: Favorite room to design:
ECB: I love kids’ rooms since clients are willing to be more fleeting and playful in these spaces, which always seems to result in really special, happy spaces.

Kassatex: Three classic paint colors you always use:
ECB: Benjamin Moore White Dove, Whispering Spring, and Newburyport Blue.

BM White Dove

BM Whispering Spring

BM Newburyport Blue

Kassatex: What is currently on your bedside table:
ECB: I just had a baby so temporarily parenting books, bottles, and a feeding log!

Kassatex: A bathroom must always include:
ECB: Freshly laundered towels.

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Kassatex: First thing you do in the morning:
ECB: Beeline for coffee!

Kassatex: Forever favorite hotel?
ECB: We just stayed at La Divine Comedie, this gorgeous hotel in Avignon in the spring and it is my new favorite.

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Kassatex: Three decor trends you wish would disappear:
ECB: “Safe” neutrals, eclectic interiors that lack a little focus, and disposable furnishings.

Kassatex: Favorite cost-effective brands you love to use when mixing high/low.
ECB: 1– Thrifting/vintage for unique and affordable finds!
2– Ballard Designs for semi-custom upholstery pieces.
3– Maiden Home for customizable, affordable, high-quality upholstery.

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Kassatex: Most exciting moment of your career thus far:
ECB: It’s been an absolute thrill and honor having two projects in print publications this year!

Kassatex: Finish this sentence: When in doubt in design …
ECB: Go with your gut and avoid too many outside opinions– you are the most important cook in the kitchen!