Meet Rising Star Kelly Rosen Lagrange

Kelly Rosen LagrangeWHO: Chicago native Kelly Rosen Lagrange became captivated by art and design as a young girl. “My most vivid memories as a kid are of visits to the Art Institute of Chicago,” she recalls. “My mom and I took classes there every Saturday, and afterward I would spend hours studying the Thorne Miniature Rooms.”

WHAT: Menswear-inspired patterns, natural materials, and subtle pops of color are the Manhattan-based designer’s MO. “I’m comfortable working in a range of styles,” says Lagrange, “but no matter what the project is, I always want my interiors to be layered and balanced.”

WHEN: While studying art history at Barnard College, Lagrange realized that she was more intrigued by her friends’ architecture assignments than her own. “It was too late to start over, but not too late to get more education,” says the decorator, who went on to earn a master’s degree in interior design at Pratt Institute. Lagrange later landed a job with designer Eric Cohler, with whom she worked for nearly four years before launching Kelly Rosen Design in 2015.

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WHERE: Ongoing projects include a light-filled Murray Hill apartment chockablock with handmade wallpapers from Maya Romanoff and Holland & Sherry, a 1,500-square-foot condo in the West Village that functions as a live-work space, and the renovation of a 1920s Mediterranean-style home in Palm Beach with 2,000 square feet devoted to the outdoors.

WHY: “Helping clients identify how to live their best home life,” Lagrange says, “is empowering and transformative.” 

A version of this article appeared in the March 2019 issue of NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Kelly Rosen Lagrange.