Kathy grew up on a farm in rural Virginia. She was fortunate to have a mother who taught her to love all things related to home and to see the beauty in everyday objects. Her mother loved flowers and always had an arrangement of some sort in the house. Even when there was nothing in bloom, her mother saw potential in shafts of dried wheat, fallen leaves, or even dead tree branches. Kathy grew up on fresh vegetables and fruits and her mother taught her to preserve them by canning, freezing and drying. She learned to sew as a teenager, a valuable skill which has been constantly employed throughout her life. She was taught thriftiness and repurposing. Because of this upbringing, Kathy has always had a knack for seeing the potential for hidden treasure in discarded things.
Kathy’s first career was in higher education working in student affairs. As a student program coordinator, she learned the intricacies of event planning. She then moved on to co-found and operate a high-tech company with her husband. For several years during this period, she simultaneously operated a small antique shop. This allowed Kathy to feed her creative instincts by rescuing old and outdated pieces, giving them new life with a fresh coat of paint, a new pillow, or recovering with updated fabric. It was a time for collecting and learning about antiques, particularly textiles, china and silver. She also honed her entertaining skills during this time, hosting numerous dinner parties, tea parties and outdoor BBQs. Over the years, she and her husband built and remodeled several homes. During these years Kathy developed definite ideas about interior design and brought her unique style to each new home. Her decorating advice is frequently sought by friends and she has enjoyed helping many of them realize their design dreams.
After nearly 20 years, she and her husband decided to close their company and relocate to southern California in order for her husband to pursue his dreams in the scientific realm. Kathy has a part-time job at a small university and spends her free time decorating her new home, entertaining, doing Jazzercise, exploring California, and playing with Dolce, her beloved Maine Coon cat.