• Kate's first official decorating job came to her when she was just fourteen years old, launching a successful design career that has spanned thirty years. Her philosophy is simple: create enduring rooms that are comfortable, beautiful and practical.

    Kate describes her style as "a happy mix of old and new." She works closely with clients to blend updated pieces with the items already in their homes. Kate is a great listener, and has a talent for capturing both the individual style and unique requirements of each client. "Home should be a sanctuary, so it must suit the individual occupants. I want my clients to feel contented in their environments for years to come."

  • A native of Southern California, Kate attended Cal Arts and Art Center College of Design, and then opened her first design business, Local Color, in 1980. There she did full-service commercial and residential design and décor projects, focusing on kitchen and bath renovations and color consultations.

    Five years later, Kate moved to New York City to work for architect Thierry Despont, and later, Peter Carlson. She was given the honor of decorating a room at "Keewaydin," the 1988 Southampton Design Showhouse, where she included one of her own painted wall murals. Since that warm reception, Kate has incorporated original works of art in her design projects – her own pieces and those of other artists.

  • In Brooklyn, where her business was located until 2006, Kate specialized in brownstone interiors, creating gracious homes out of what were often dark and awkward spaces. Projects outside of the city gave her a chance to create cozy country interiors, rounding out her residential design experience. "I've been very fortunate to live and work in vibrant cities as well as the beautiful environs of the Hudson River Valley and the East End of Long Island."

    Kate has also owned and operated two successful retail shops: The Sewing Circle, a fabric shop in Brooklyn; and Bowerbird, a housewares store in Catskill, New York. She also has worked in the entertainment industry, where her credits include that of Art Director on the Wim Wenders film, "Paris, Texas."