The Saratoga Six: Carolyn Keating

The Saratoga Six: Carolyn Keating

Six inquisitive questions with Saratoga’s most interesting people.

By Alyssa McClenning

A good brand logo and a consistently cheery Instagram feed are hard to find, but Carolyn Keating of Heritage Lifestyle Designs has both. The personal and interior stylist moved to Saratoga a few years ago, bringing her entrepreneurial game with her. We recently caught up with Carolyn over lunch at Sweet Mimi’s Cafe & Bakery.

1. Tell us about your earliest Saratoga memory.

When I was dating my (now) husband he would bring me to Saratoga for long weekends. I remember walking down Broadway, turning to him and saying, "What do we need to do to live here?" I'm happy to say that Saratoga has been our home for the past four years. 
2. The Saratoga Social was created to highlight the work of our local nonprofits. Which organization is most important to you?
H.O.P.E. (Homes for Orphaned Pets Exist) – I really admire their hard work to find good homes for every animal that comes through their doors.
3. Which spot in town serves your favorite drink or dish?
We have so many fabulous restaurants! The zeppoles at 15 Church definitely top my list. And, you can never go wrong at Boca Bistro or Henry Street Taproom. 
4. Who is easier to style – men or women? And, why?
I find men to be a bit easier to style because in most cases, they are more open to new suggestions and stepping outside their comfort zone. One time, I was working with a client and showed him this amazing shirt, but it was a color he had never worn. The shirt fit him perfectly so he decided to give it a try. The following week he sent me a note saying he felt so good in that shirt it gave him the confidence to ask someone on a date, and she said yes! 
5. What's the first app/website you open in the morning?
I have an app that syncs to the software I use to build virtual closets and I FINALLY uploaded my own wardrobe! I love being creative with clothing but when time is tight I just need to pick an outfit and get out the door. My virtual closet stores all the outfits I've created in advance and allows me to search by style (like, my favorite pair of pants). It's cut my getting dressed time in half! 
6. "I consider Saratoga's greatest hidden gem to be..."
SPAC. Everyone that comes to visit is in awe that we have such an amazing venue in our backyard. I love walking the trails with our dog and we go to as many shows as possible over the summer.