Keira Ritter's Home
Keira Ritter
Keira Ritter's Home
Keira Ritter's Home

Home & Garden: Close up with Keira Ritter

Keira Ritter, 35, of Boulder, knew she wanted to be an architect when she was 10 years old. Since then, she took as many art classes in high school as she could, and she graduated with degrees in fine art and architecture.

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After graduating, Ritter worked in Boston for four years, but she soon came down with the “sunshine bug” and moved to live within the inspiring landscapes of Boulder. Her home, consequently, sits in front of a mountainous backdrop and lets in sunlight with its massive windows.

She designed her own space with her signature style, a mixture of the industrial and the organic — domineering steel beams complemented by pots of green plants, metal railings above stone floors. And, while he may not be an element of design, Lars, her new German Shepherd pup, is an essential asset to her home. Organic at its finest.

After moving to Boulder and working for a local firm, Ritter decided to start her own practice. She designs for standard architecture projects, as well as for interiors, furniture and landscape, and she recently was named to Mountain Living Magazine’s “Top 20 Under 40” designer list.

Her philosophy for design?

“I was taught that design was this all-encompassing activity that can apply to architecture, to landscape, to jewelry, textiles, photography, you name it. I’ve been sort of immersed in that,” she says. “I always go back to calling it the art of ‘making,’ because that’s really what I think is at the heart of everything.”

We wanted to know more about this top designer, so we asked her some questions:

1. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I stumble downstairs usually and greet my sweet puppy and take him outside.

2. What is the last thing you do before you go to bed at night?
Equally tied to Lars. I tuck him in and give him a smooch.

3. What are ways you find balance?
I spend a lot of time outside walking and hiking. And I love to cook. That’s one of the things I look forward to most at the end of the day, and I think it’s this great combination for me where it’s still creative. I’m still making something, but it’s much more for an immediate need, and you get instant gratification. It really helps me transition between the chaos of the day and a much more quiet evening.

4. What kind of music is on your iPod or CD player right now?
I just got this great new Emmanuel Jal CD. I definitely listen to a lot of jazz. My fiancé and I both really enjoy at dinnertime having some Frank Sinatra on or some Mazi Star or something like that. I’m definitely pretty diverse. Though I will say the thing I listen to the most is NPR.

5. Do you prefer coffee or tea?
I’m a coffee drinker for sure. My fiancé, Joe, actually owns a coffee business, so by default I am sort of forced to love coffee, which is not a bad thing.

6. What are some of your future goals?
I would love at some point to go back to school and get a master’s of fine arts in textiles and fibers. I have a whole bunch of ideas brewing in my head for fabrics that could be a component of some of the furniture designs I’m working on. I’d love to be able to make them myself or at least have the ability to explore and see if I could invent some fun mesh or wire fabrics that also incorporate natural, recycled fibers.

I would definitely enjoy doing some more furniture design as a part of that, which also ties into my interest of learning how to weld.

I certainly would enjoy traveling a little more and definitely in the near future, I would love to have a baby. I think that is going to be my next big challenge, figuring out, like so many women have to do, how to keep my career moving forward and be a mom at the same time.

7. Where would you travel tomorrow if you could, and why?
I think No. 1 on my list is New Zealand, mostly because it combines everything I love: being in the mountains and the water, which I’ve definitely missed. I love sheep. They have a very strong weaving and fibers culture there, and I’d love to explore that a little bit.

8. What are your quirks?
I’d say I thrive in motive, creative chaos. I try desperately to be extremely organized but the reality is, I definitely work better with a lot of stuff around me.

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Photo Credits

Images: Kiera Ritter and views of her home.

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