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Elements of style

Elements of style

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The word “classic” doesn’t mean old-fashioned or outdated. In interior design, classic is a timeless, lasting style that incorporates materials and furnishings that are investments, of the best quality and value.

Classic is always in style.

And it’s a word Katie McMartin of ID by Katie and owner of 319 Décor + Design in Grundy Center likes because she is a believer in the classic elements of good design and style.

While her personal style may lean towards modern, her clients appreciate the young interior designer’s eye for traditional, transitional and contemporary design, as well as modern.

Her retail store offers selections including cabinetry, countertops, lighting, flooring and furnishings, as well as home décor and accessories at 711 Ave. G in downtown Grundy Center. She hopes it becomes “destination shopping” for surrounding communities.

McMartin graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and studied in Italy before returning to Iowa where she worked at Holland House Interiors in Orange City. After six months, she decided to return to Grundy Center and opened her business in November 2017.

“I wanted to open a storefront so people could see my work and touch and feel the quality of the products that I sell. I knew I wanted retail, too, to bring traffic in the door, and I use the space to meet my clients for interior design projects.”

Those projects can range from kitchen and bath design to remodeling and new construction. In her display kitchen, McMartin has created a modern farmhouse look that features a waterfall countertop on the wood island, a trio of modern light fixtures above, white cabinetry with clean lines and inset panels and old-fashioned bin pulls. Gray subway tile is laid diagonally behind the stove to create interest.

The interior designer also has undertaken renovation of the second floor of a mid-1800s building. One master suite is now complete and being used as AirBnB accommodations. It also is a popular love nest for newlywed couples married at the Old Fifty-Six, a wedding barn in Grundy Center.

Exposed brick walls and duct work give the space urban industrial chic, while the furnishings are eclectic and cozy to create a homey feeling. A contemporary fireplace adds an element of warmth. Gray-painted trim (“Mindful Gray” from Sherwin Williams) frames SW “Alabaster” walls with SW “Ellie Gray” on the ceiling.

The master bath is pure luxury. Floor, walls and shower are enrobed in Carrara marble. In the double shower, marble on one wall is laid vertically to resemble a waterfall. The two-person tub is a romantic touch, and the floating vanity makes the space feel larger. 


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