About Me

Katherine Stephens is an interior designer and writes, teaches and talks about the essence of good interior design as a way of living well.

Her work has been featured in numerous shelter magazines and books on interior design including House Beautiful, Town and Country and on the cover of Architectural Digest.

Ms. Stephens has appeared on numerous television programs as an expert on interior design, including Live with Regis and Kathie Lee, Midday Live and others. She was a featured speaker for Architectural Digest‘s Designers at Sea program on the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner.

After a guest appearance on a design segment on Regis Philbin’s morning show, Stephens guided the Philbins on the interior design of over seven projects. The work on the Philbin’s high-style New York apartment appeared on the cover of October, 2001 edition of Architectural Digest and their Greenwich country home in the June, 2001 edition.

Her proudest accomplishment was designing a present-day home office for Franklin D. Roosevelt in a New York townhouse formally owned by the Roosevelts benefiting The March of Dimes.  Almost a decade before passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Stephens conducted extensive research at the Roosevelt family archive in Hyde Park, NY and at the Rusk Institute and designed a glamorous, technologically advanced room that addressed Roosevelt’s disability without sacrificing good design or aesthetics. 

As a member of the board of The Decorators Club, Stephens chaired the Barrier Free/Universal Design committee and arranged a panel event with experts in the medical, rehabilitation, insurance and interior design fields to address the physical and aesthetic needs of the disabled.
She was a spokesperson for the Longaberger Company and was a contributing editor and columnist for the national publication, 1,001 Home Ideas. Ms. Stephens has been an instructor for the resource class at Parsons School of Continuing Education in New York.

Ms. Stephens first became known in New York design circles after she participated in the premiere Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Showhouse in 1980 and has repeatedly participated in the annual event.

Subsequently, she was invited to be a member of The Womens’ Committee and became an active volunteer for the organization where she co-chaired the annual Small Wonders and Holiday Wonders auctions at Christies Auction House among others. Ms. Stephens and other prominent interior designers designed and donated rooms in miniature and unique gifts at the annual charitable auction. Later, Ms. Stephens would also participate in the Chairs for Charity event sponsored by the Minwax Company where she and other prominent interior designers created custom chairs for celebrities and auctioned them off for charity.

Katherine Stephens lives in Manhattan, New York