The less we say about it the better. Make it up as we go along.
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 artist, illustrator and designer. I spend my days deep in spreadsheets and my evenings and weekends deep in creative ventures: sketching and painting decor, flowers, dogs and doodads, 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 where I studied Comparative Literature in French Philosophy and dabbled in Studio Art, lived abroad in Paris and finally landed in New York, where I have studied Interior Design at Parsons School of Design (where an interior rendering class reignited my childhood love of watercolors) and completed my MBA at Columbia Business School. Recent trips to Asia, Africa 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 we welcomed our sons Michael in 2016 and Theo in 2018 - we have never loved anything more. Michael and Theo are my muses and inspire me to see the world through their eyes - a world of color and wonder and imagination (and monsters, lots of monsters). My creative focus is on making things beautiful, unique and personal. And my personal focus is on helping others get inspired and share with the world their ideas and vision through color, paint, texture and space. To tell their story through art. To make their world a little more beautiful. To feel heard. To find home. To realize they’re already there. And to do it with a wink and a little whimsy.