In the Studio with… Katia Bates, Innovative Creations Interior Design
By Vanessa Molina Santamaria
Italian-born interior designer Katia Bates founded Innovative Creations Interior Design in 1996 with her husband, Tom. Together, the dynamic duo works on projects that range from stunning residential interiors to luxury remodels and brand-new construction projects. “We started Innovative Creations because there was a demand for more sophisticated interior design styles,” says Bates, who travels the world in search of furnishings that will add distinctive touches to her work. One of her most famous projects to date is the restoration of Casa Casuarina, the Miami Beach mansion once owned by fashion designer Gianni Versace.
What sets your firm apart from others? Experience. Tom has been building and developing luxury real estate for more than 35 years, and I have been involved with restoration and interior design since an early age. Also, we pride ourselves with authenticity; every project is a one-of-a-kind original.
What are you currently working on?
Several residential projects, including the restoration of a waterfront estate off Las Olas Isles in Fort Lauderdale.
First designers to make an impression on you: Jacques Garcia, a French designer, and Renzo Mongiardino, an Italian designer.
Destination that has inspired you the most: Morocco.
Where do you go locally for inspiration?
Villa Vizcaya, or some of the new hotels and buildings on South Beach.
Favorite home décor stores: Ligné Atelier, Donghia and J Nelson.
Go-to paint color: Benjamin Moore Cloud White.
Project you’d like to tackle this year: I want to redo our kitchen and redecorate our master bedroom. I love to constantly change the environment around me. This is also a way to experiment with new trends before I offer them to clients.
Something people are surprised to learn about you: I love to hike, especially the Dolomites in Italy—no high heels for that!