Modern Matter Blog
Get to Know: kate.h.design
Founded in 2015, kate.h.design has quickly become one of North Carolina's premier boutique interior design firms. Kate's practical approach to design focuses on function first, resulting in environments that are beautiful and livable. While she is extremely meticulous, the spaces she creates are light-hearted and inviting. In her own words, "design shouldn't be taken too seriously. You should be able to truly enjoy and relax in your surroundings."
Q: How and when did you discover that you had a talent for interior design?
A: I have always loved interiors! As a child, I was constantly obsessing over my dollhouse, which meant that no one else could touch it once I had it the way I wanted! It probably wasn't a very fun playdate. :)
All photography by Anna Routh Barzin
Q: When designing a room, what is the most important factor for you?
A: For me, there isn't one specific factor in a room that is more important than another. It's the balance and cohesion between all of the elements in a space that is most important.
Q: How do you think of hardware when designing a space?
A: I consider hardware very early on, alongside plumbing, lighting and paint colors. It is definitely not an afterthought. Sometimes the cabinetry or furniture is completely designed around the hardware! It's such a great way to give interest to a piece that would otherwise lack excitement.
Q: What is your favorite finish or gemstone?
A: Polished Nickel is my favorite finish! It's timeless and sophisticated. I also like to mix and match finishes, and Polished Nickel's warm undertone pairs really well with brass and gold fixtures.
Q: Any tips on creating timeless interiors?
A: I tend to keep it simple and stick with the classics when making the more permanent or foundational selections in a home, like a tile or large upholstery pieces. If you really want to have fun with color and pattern, accent fabrics and paint are a great way to accomplish this without the potential of indefinitely dating your home. Pillows and wall colors are much easier (and much less expensive) to update down the road when you're ready for something new.