Design & Project Management Caroline’s approach to design speaks to her love of the arts, her intuitive business sense, and her unique first-hand experiences with many aspects of creating the built environment. She studied art history and architecture at a post-graduate level before opening her own boutique real estate development and construction company in 2006 in New York, through which she orchestrated a street art festival and published a subsequent book with Shepard Fairey. In 2008, she co-founded Carolina George, an interior design firm with its own line of fabrics and furniture also in New York. And after moving to Palm Beach with her family, Caroline established Caroline Rafferty Interiors in 2015. Her interiors are characterized by rich color palettes; thoughtful, collected furnishings and art; bold patterns and textures; a mix of time periods; and a strong emphasis on ethically sourced materials. Most recently, she’s decided to parlay her design ethos into opening The Grand Tour with her design-savvy mother Julie, using as inspiration her grandmother Dearie, who was a tastemaker impassioned by kindness and generosity. In this vein, Caroline sits on several boards of foundations that give back to their communities. Caroline holds a Master of Fine Arts in Art History from The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
“At Caroline Rafferty Interiors we are getting requests each and every day for re-designs and new projects to help our client base of young families better integrate the ’new normal” into their interiors. As a wife and mother of two young school-age children and a fur baby, form meets function has taken on new meaning. The re-design of my own family’s home began pre-COVID and our plans and design solutions have shifted as we learn how to integrate home-schooling, fitness regimes, and two work-from-home adults into our interiors. Our playroom is now a mini schoolroom and our prized home gym was turned into two separate home offices. I think all designers will need to pivot in their approach to combine form and function in a beautiful manner.”