Photography by Ryan Gamma Photography

From new homes to vacation properties to historic renovations, Katie Bassett of Katie Bassett Interiors has an impressive ability to craft and transform spaces. This well-known award-winning designer, whose studio is located in Minneapolis’s International Market Square, loves collaborating with clients, architects and builders on projects near and far, like a dreamy Florida getaway. She and her team provide comprehensive space planning, interior design, custom furniture design and other remarkable services.

What inspires your work?

I find inspiration everywhere, which is why I love to travel. Whether I’m in New Zealand, Mexico, Arizona, California or Florida, I’m always energized by spending time in nature and taking in the colors of the landscape. I also love soaking up the local vibe and shopping for original art and handcrafted products that find their way into my designs.

How does IMS help your designs come to life?

From the moment I walk in the door, IMS helps bring my designs to life with inspiration and collaboration, which is why I love having my studio on the fifth floor. Whether I’m working on a new vacation home in Florida or a renovation on Lake Minnetonka, the amazingly creative people at Scherping Westphal, AJ Maison, Holly Hunt, Schumacher, Tapis Decor, Francis King and other showrooms always understand my vision and help me curate the perfect mix of fabrics, furnishings, lighting, rugs and accessories.

What pieces, styles or trends are you loving right now?

I’m loving the interplay of exotic, modern and natural. I just designed the interiors of a modern veranda home on Longboat Key in Florida with architect Laurel Ulland. The home is right on the beach with amazing views from every room, so I used clean-lined custom furniture, gutsy modern pieces and exotic fabrics that reflect the colors of the sea, sand and sky.

What is your design mantra?

“Relax, play, be happy!” I think it’s how a home should make you feel — and it’s also the feeling I strive to create with my work. I want my clients to be able to relax and enjoy the process of creating a new home, because it should be fun.

Why is IMS important in the Twin Cities design community?

The Twin Cities is known for great design, and I believe IMS is one of the key reasons. It’s the heart and soul of our design community and a constant source of inspiration for my colleagues and me. Where else in the world can you find so many talented people, incredible showrooms and amazing products all under one beautiful glass roof?