Two, and two together: Kenny Ball Design’s tag team

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Designers Chloe Ball (left) and Kathleen Conroy. Photo: Brianna Larocco Designers Chloe Ball (left) and Kathleen Conroy. Photo: Brianna Larocco

When we asked designer Chloe Ball to answer a few questions for us this month, she said, “I’m one of two who make a team.” So we talked to Chloe and her partner, Kathleen Conroy, and they enlightened us about the Medici family’s Pitti Palace, tinsel on Christmas trees, and Sister Parish.

Have you ever had a change of heart about an object or style?

Chloe: Every day!

Kathleen: Yes, but it was a long time ago. Age and experience widens your perception and appreciation.

Does your home look like the one you grew up in?

Chloe: Not at all.

Kathleen: Not physically. I grew up in a Cape Code white clapboard.

What is your first design memory?

Chloe: Picking out wallpaper with my mother and of course antiquing with my father [Kenny Ball].

Kathleen: Being sent to my room for throwing a tantrum about putting tinsel on the Christmas tree, which is still a deal-breaker for me.

What’s your favorite room in your house?

Chloe: The living room.

Kathleen: My living room because it’s a room that’s lived in and surrounds me with colors and objects that I love.

Your most treasured possessions?

Chloe: A pair of salmon-colored lacquered end tables my uncle designed, and a recamier I grew up lounging on.

Kathleen: My antique country Italian chest of drawers.

What can you not live without?

Chloe: My dogs, Disco and Yahtzee.

Kathleen: My three children—and then red wine, college football, and Christmas.

What are your preferred materials or textures?

Chloe: Linen or silk velvet.

Kathleen: It’s impossible for me to say because textures and materials all have to play in concert together.

Go-to colors?

Chloe: Any shade of pink. On projects, I let my clients tell me what their go-to colors are.

Kathleen: My personal go-to colors are caramels, oranges, terracottas, and greens.

Chloe: It’s a four-letter word.

Kathleen: Comfort.

Favorite designer?

Chloe: Dorothy Draper

Kathleen: The late Sister Parish, who’s responsible for creating interiors that were a tremendous blend of objects: quilts and baskets next to fine French and English antiques.

What’s a design rule you like to break?

Chloe: I didn’t know there were any!

Kathleen: Are there any rules?

Is there anything you’re afraid to DIY?

Chloe: Sewing.

Kathleen: Painting.

Name some things that can really transform a room.

Chloe: Wallpaper or paint, with paint being less expensive and easiest.

Kathleen: Flowers and a great lamp shade.

What should a homeowner never scrimp on?

Chloe: Great lighting, inside and out.

Kathleen: A classic sofa frame and at least one club chair.

Is there a design blog, website, TV show, or magazine that you look at all the time?

Chloe: I just got hooked on Houzz.

Kathleen: Houzz, House Beautiful, and Elle Decor.

Antique or modern?

Chloe: Why can’t I have both?

Kathleen: Both.

City or country?

Chloe: City.

Kathleen: Both. Poor suburbia; it never gets mentioned.

If you could live in one historical figure’s house, whose would it be?

Chloe: The Medici family’s Pitti Palace, surrounded by the Boboli Gardens in Florence.

Kathleen: I’ll share the Pitti Palace with Chloe.

On what film set would you like to live?

Chloe: The Birdcage.

Kathleen: “Mad Men,” specifically in Don Draper’s Manhattan apartment.

If you were reborn as a piece of furniture or an object, what would it be?

Chloe: A fabulous chandelier.

Kathleen: A big old farm table.

Want to know more? Visit Kenny Ball Design at kennyballdesign.com, or call 293-1361 to get in touch.

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