Betsy Knapp is the matriarch of the family. As a wife, mother to four girls and “mom-mom” to seven beautiful grandchildren, it is naturally fitting that her title of the family-run-business is “Grand Dame.” With family-togetherness at the core, her love for design roots back to Brooklyn, where as a child she watched and learned beside her mother who created textiles in a knitting mill. A self-taught interior decorator for residential and commercial spaces, Betsy is inspired by the creativity that defined her childhood and as such creates spaces that are intimate while well-suited for communal use.
“I love what I do, Tiger Lily’s is like a second home to me” says Knapp. “I try to infuse a bit of family into all my design approaches – whether we story board a wall with pictures; offer an oversized dining room table; or put a sectional in a formal seating room, I take to each project like a mother building values. It is all about sharing spaces and unity.”
Before Tiger Lily’s was a family-operated business, it was a husband-and-wife collaboration that she helmed alongside her “partner-in-crime,” Robert. It was a bit of dream, a dash of luck and a whole lot of passion that helped the two grow their business that opened in the early ’90s from a one-room workshop to today’s location, which boasts more than 2,000 square feet of design space.
Now, more than 20 years later, the businesses still operates on its founding principles that the client comes first; customer satisfaction is guaranteed and unique, one-of-a-kind production is executed no matter how small or large the size of the project. Betsy’s vibrant personality is ever present in her design process where clients not only find a creative partner, but a friend throughout the process.