Kate Kelly Design and its accompanying blog "A la recherche" (translation "In Search") were created in 2013 after a lifetime of dreaming. I am a financial professional and decorator/artist/designer. I spend my days deep in spreadsheets and my evenings and weekends deep in creative ventures: sketching and painting decor, flowers and dogs (yes, dogs: the furrier the better), and searching for all things amazing for the home and life. My aesthetic is a dynamic mix of high and low, modern and antique, American and worldly, and is in constant flux as my travels and experiences inform my worldview. I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, lived abroad in Paris and finally landed in New York, where I have studied Interior Design at Parsons School of Design and completed my MBA at Columbia Business School. Recent trips to Asia and the American West have further influenced my aesthetic, and I can't wait for my next cultural journey. I met my now-lawyer-husband Matt in college, married him in 2010 (further inspiring my love of all things wedding), and now have free reign to bother him with questions like, "What do you think of this chair?" We spent 2015 and 2016 renovating our apartment and welcomed our son Michael in 2016 - we have never loved anything more. My creative focus is on making things beautiful, unique and personal. And my personal focus is on helping others get inspired and "find their happy."
My parents' dogs Parker and Cooper love cool decor (and much to my chagrin,
won't let me have that rug).