10 Questions: Kathleen Buoymaster has designs on beauty; be it homes or hearts

Interior designer Kathleen Buoymaster founded her La Jolla firm in 1985 and served as its president until 2013. She is now a design associate at Seaside Home on Wall Street. She is a graduate of Duke University and the Interior Designer’s Guild of Los Angeles.

Her work has been featured in local and national publications, many times as the cover story, one of which was titled “Buoymaster’s Masterpiece.” She’s listed in “Barron’s Who’s Who in Interior Design,” and also serves on the board of the Royal Oak Foundation, America’s Alliance with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. She is a founder of Patrons of the Prado, a charter member of ARCS, and has many community involvements, including Charter 100. She and her husband share five children and nine grandchildren.

What brought you to La Jolla?

An absolutely wonderful event — marriage to my husband 33 years ago. At that time, as CEO of his company, he had homes in New York and La Jolla, which made us bi-coastal. Lovely arrangement!

If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

We are so privileged to live in such a beautiful area that it is difficult to want to change anything about La Jolla, but I would love to snap my fingers and “bring back” The Whaling Bar, so that my husband and I could resume our Friday “date night” at that special place.

Who or what inspires you?

Beauty of all kinds inspires me — be it in nature, the arts, or of the heart. What could be more inspiring than a La Jolla sunset, a Renoir painting, or a kind and caring heart seeking to help another human being.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

This is a tough question, as there are many more than eight people I would like to invite to a dinner party. Since the guest list is conservative, I will include others than my family: Elsie de Wolfe, Walt Disney, Abraham Lincoln, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, Lydia Redman (my dear friend, who passed away at age 104 and was “Princess San Faustino Santa Maria de Bourbon”), Jim Thompson and Nancy Lancaster.

What are you currently reading?

“English Country House Interiors” by Jeremy Musson.

What is it that you most dislike?

Easy Answer: Dishonesty.

What is your most-prized possession?

Since I can’t possess my family, whom I most prize, I must select a different answer for a prized possession. It is without exception, my “little creature” Sir Barnaby of Midsomer — a beautiful Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

What do you do for fun?

Interior Design! I love what I do and it is the most fun and, of course, traveling to exotic places to learn about and enjoy other cultures and their creative endeavors.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

Proverbs 3: 5 and 6 — “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”

What would be your dream vacation?

One week of adventure and fun at Disneyland with all my children and grandchildren staying at the Grand Californian Hotel with unlimited access and early, private entrance to both parks. Or – two weeks at one of the recently opened villas at Las Ventenas al Paraiso in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico with my husband.