Ondine Karady is an internationally recognized designer with offices in New York and clients throughout the country. She began her career as a set decorator, designing for films and television shows including Requiem for a Dream, The 25th Hour and Sex and The City.
Her work on Sex and the City inspired her to devote her talents to home decor, and she founded Ondine Karady Design after the program ended in 2004.
She has since won national and international acclaim for having a unique sense of flair and an innate sense of what her clients will want to surround themselves with - understanding that home design is successful only when it captures the sensibilities of those who will dwell in it.
After Ondine was a finalist on the Bravo reality program "Top Design,'' one of the judges, the Architectural Digest editor Margaret Russell, told The Washington Post: "She did a great job on the show making her spaces look lived-in and layered. The fact that she has been a set decorator means she knows how to conjure a place and channel someone's personality."
Her work has caught the eye of magazines including Traditional Home, which named Ondine one of the Top 20 Designers to Watch in 2010 - "her spaces are always inventive," its editors wrote - and the office of Michelle Obama, which asked for samples of her work as the First Lady began redecorating the White House residence in 2009. In 2011 Ondine was the host of "Minute Makeover," an online design program sponsored by Ikea and co-produced by AOL and Huffington Post.
A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University, she primarily splits her time between New York City and Montauk. She lives with her husband, Jim Rutenberg, a New York Times journalist, and her red chow, Mr. Fox.