Nestled within Savannah, GA’s historic Ardsley Park neighborhood, the second floor of this converted bungalow is home to Kathryn Maresca, the textile designer behind , a line of luxury hand-printed fabrics. Although South Carolina is her true home, Kathryn spent a handful of years in New York while she attended RISD, and even for the few years after graduating. After working in NYC’s fashion industry where she developed prints and embroideries, the South beckoned for her, along with her desire for more space, a calmer environment and less expensive living costs. “Savannah felt like the perfect fit,” she explains, “it’s close to family ([living] in Charleston), and has the relaxed, artistic vibe that I was looking for. I’ve been in Savannah four years now, and have loved watching my business grow in this amazing and inspirational place.”
Despite the apartment’s smaller footprint, the back porch, having access to the garage which she uses as a silkscreen studio, and the Ardsley Park neighborhood that surrounds Kathryn becomes an extension of her studio and living space. “Ardsley Park is south of the historic downtown area of Savannah and is full of amazing 1920s and 1930s buildings, ranging from mansions to small bungalows like my home,” Kathryn begins. “It’s a family neighborhood and everyone is incredibly friendly. I love walking in my neighborhood in the afternoons during my lunch break — I can clear my head and get a ton of architectural and natural inspiration in the process.”
Back inside, this inspiration takes life in the forms of patterns, embroidery and designs that find their way onto the many pillows and textiles scattered throughout each room. With personal character and relaxation top-of-mind, Kathryn’s decor and furniture balances pieces handed down from her parents, artwork made by family and friends, and plenty of greenery — all combining to make her double-duty space feel refreshing and inviting.