Kristin Dittmar gets creative in quarantine, updating homes with a new perspective on design.
A clean kitchen interior from one of Kristin Dittmar’s newest projects
The age-old saying “Home is where the heart is” literally rang true during the pandemic (and which we are still in). The United States, and the majority of the globe, went into lockdown. For many it was the most time they had ever spent at home, and continues to be. For Kristin Dittmar, Aspen’s go-to interior designer, not much was dissimilar. She closed her office for three months and hunkered down at home. Her projects came to a halt, and her focus began to shift. Full of worry for the state of the world as well as her business, Dittmar began to pivot, and for the better, it turns out. She was able to catch up on projects and, for the first time in a long time, slow down.
In June her business went “crazy.” Dittmar attributes this to her clients under quarantine—spending so much time in their homes, they were noticing ways to upgrade and improve their respective interiors. “People were sitting in their homes for two to three months looking at everything they wanted to change, so the housing and interior design industry has gone crazy,” Dittmar says. With the influx of requests from clients new and old, she was ready. Dittmar was no stranger to thriving in a busy atmosphere, and no stranger to change. The Dittmar design team reopened projects while taking on new ones, carefully, all with COVID-19 safety measures (masks, Purell and social distancing). As the team continues to adjust to the current state of the world, they charge forward in the business they know best—making people’s homes comfortable, beautiful and warm. The most instant and effective update, according to Dittmar? “A fresh coat of paint,” she says. Cheers to new wall color and a future of cozy homes ahead.
Photography by: Brooke Casillas Welgos