Mother’s Day Design Diary

Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller of Kapito Muller Interiors took on a challenging, small space at Holiday House NYC 2014 and turned it into an elegant office retreat for a worldly mother. In honor of Mother’s Day, they’ve shared with us their experience on creating the soothing, feminine space:

When we first laid eyes on our room at Holiday House we were struck by two things, it’s stunning fourteen foot ceilings, and its challenging composition. The modest space, which was to become a luxe ladies office in celebration of Mother’s Day, had a door on three of its four walls, and a slightly off centered window that was begging to be refurbished.

Photography by Nick Johnson
Photography by Nick Johnson
Photography by Nick Johnson
Photography by Nick Johnson

Our first decision was to open up the space by using a much softer palette. We opted for light shades of olive, pink, and ivory and we shied away from any overwhelming patterns that might close in the room. When dealing with solids, we always tell our clients that its important to focus on texture to keep things interesting, so we chose a gorgeous linen weave for the wallpaper by Innovations and silks for the sofa and rug (Stark Carpet) to add sheen. We also turned the room’s awkward window into a fabulous focal point by hanging paneled curtains (fabric by Holly Hunt) with a greek key trim detail (by Samuel & Sons). We tossed the wood blinds for sheers that would let more light in, and used the window sill like you would a piece of furniture, piling it with books, trays and accents to attract the eye.

Photography by Nick Johnson
Photography by Nick Johnson

After we lightened the space, we still had a surplus of doors, which didn’t allow for any sort of cohesive furniture arrangement. Luckily for us, one of the doors wasn’t all that functional, as the room adjacent to it already had multiple entrances. So, after much debating, we came up with the idea to cover it with a folding screen covered in wallpaper from Ralph Lauren and voila, we now had a whole wall to work with! We placed a small settee (Custom by Artistic Frame, upholstered in Duralee fabric) in front of the screen to create a layered reading nook, and anchored the desk against whatever wall space we had left on the other side of the room for balance. Lastly we custom built a tiny metal bookcase that could fit next to the window to store books and nicknacks.

Photography by Nick Johnson
Photography by Nick Johnson
Photography by Nick Johnson
Photography by Nick Johnson










We absolutely loved creating an office that could be both beautiful and functional for our imaginary lady. We wish all the moms out there a very happy and restful mothers day! You deserve it!



Spoil Mom with Vivian and Alyssa’s favorite sweet treat-

Chocolate Chip Sticks



½ cup vegetable or canola oil

½ cup sugar

½ cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 large egg beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.

Combine oil, sugar and brown sugar in a large bowl, mixing it well. Stir in egg and vanilla.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt tossing with a fork. Stir in egg mixture, blending well. Fold in chocolate chips.

Form dough into two 3-4- inch wide logs. Place on prepared baking sheets.

Bake for 20-30 minutes, checking after 20 minute, or until edges are golden brown.

Cool 10 minutes; cut when it is slightly warm into sticks.

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