Belle Decor

Design Flash: Ross Kenan Interiors

By Haskell HarrisMarch 25, 2009

I have a little bit of a crush on Charleston right now as far as design goes.

And for good reason.

We have a fantastic (and growing) creative community here, from artists to fashion designers.

Which brings me to the point of my post.

The other day, I came across photos from a young interior design firm here in the city, Ross Kenan Interiors, and loved them.

Like the founding partners, Sterling Kenan and Caroline Ross (pictured below), the firm's projects are sophisticated and cheerful.

I loved their office in particular (image follows below):


So much so that I asked Sterling to dish on design a little bit. Our Q & A follows:

BD: Who are your favorite style icons of the past?

SK: Definitely Dorothy Draper—her style is so translatable today. Also Francis Elkins, and we LOVE David Hicks—especially his textiles.

The book about Dorothy Draper, above, was all the rage about a year ago, and it's a a fabulous tribute to her. To flip through it, click on amazon.com

BD: And the Present?

SK: We love Kelly Wearstler. Also Celerie Kemble, Vincente Wolfe, and Ruthie Sommers.


I just bought this book by Celerie Kemble, above, and love it. To flip through it, visit amazon.com

BD: If you had to sum up the aesthetic of Ross Kenan, what would you say?

SK: An eclectic mix of vintage treasures and modern pieces that create a unique, comfortable, functional, and fun environment for our clients (like the projects pictured below):










BD: Do you have a current fabric or accessory or great looking piece of furniture that you're dying to use in a project?

SK: We found this amazing wood chandelier that is in our office right now that we would love to see in a residential setting.

BD: Where are your favorite places to shop for great design in Charleston, from vintage stores to pedigree antiques?

SK: Estella Vitae—such eclectic treasures from all over the world! Hungry Neck Antique Mall—you never know what you will find but the hunt is always fun! Palmetto Moon, and we love scouting all of the antique stores on Johns Island.

BD: Why did you decide to base your business in Charleston?

SK: We both have a love for Charleston and had previously lived here after college. After moving away for a bit, both of us went to graduate school—Caroline returning to Charleston and myself to New York. We always knew that when we were ready to go into business, we wanted to do so in Charleston. After finishing school in New York, I returned to Charleston to open RKI with Caroline.

For more information on the firm, visit: rosskenaninteriors.com