Kathryn Miller has a way of making us stop in our tracks when scrolling through our Instagram feed. By the looks of her beautiful images, she’s a designer we would totally trust to take our homes and do absolutely whatever she wanted with them. She won us over with her cozy coastal designs, like this gorgeous home! It’s filled with natural light, modern finishes, and bohemian meets beachy decor. We asked her all about how it came to fruition and what her every day designer life is like.
How would you describe your design style?
I would say it is a Coastal Modern feel…if that’s even a thing? Always maximizing natural light as much as possible to keep the house bright. Then warming up the bright rooms with deeper textiles and warm tones from the furniture and wood accents to pull it all together in the end.
Where did you start your career?
It started at the University of Alabama; where we as kids had to figure out what we wanted to do for the rest of our lives. Personally, I knew that my future had to be something involving people and a creative outlet; math is not my strong-suit…please don’t ask my husband about my math (or English or writing…) skills. Space planning rooms to be more efficient had always interested me. I would think, “how can we take less steps to accomplish a task?”and in college I realized there was a career for doing that! And the journey into interior design began… after graduation, I was hired by the BEYOND talented designer, Charlotte Comer, in Dallas, where I was allowed to be her right-hand for years of training, experience, and mentorship. I remember that I would do floor plans for her the way I thought was best, but she trained me to manipulate them further. I will forever be indebted to her; she paved the way for me. School teaches you what you need to build a foundation, but the real life experiences teach you how to finish the house.
Have you always been interested in interior design?
No, not in a cliche way, but I have always fancied interesting objects and space planning. Also, every town, state, and country our parents took my brother and me to while growing up gave exposure to different surroundings which I think helped bring it all full circle.
This home is amazing! What was the goal in designing the space?
Thank you!! To give a little information about the clients… Michelle, the wife/mom, loves her men (her son and husband), craves organization, and appreciates design! Andy, the husband/dad, is a very hard worker, hunter, and outdoorsman. Both of them are very practical people and we wanted their home to reflect that while keeping a bright and casual feel. Every single surface chosen is durable – they did not want to be a slave to any finish.
Every room flows into the next, is there a trick in keeping your home decor cohesive?
I love that about the house too. The trick is to always make sure that every single sample flows with the next sample when they’re all laid out on the floor during the scheming phase.
Tell us a little bit about the interior design process with new clients, where do you start? What's the best part?
This house, in particular, was the third home we designed with this family- so they were old pros (and are salt of the earth people, anyway) who have been a dream to work with over these past couple of years. With new clients, we always start from the beginning. We walk through their space together and I listen to the visions they have for their home. Then we request three “dream house/room” pictures from Pinterest, Houzz, or wherever they source their inspiration. Forget about costs; the reason we ask for that is because sometimes people say they have a certain style, but after seeing the inspiration picture it resonates differently. It is true that a picture says a thousand words… so three pictures usually tells an incredible story.
Where do you have the best luck sourcing decor & furniture?
Our favorite vendors to use are: Designers Resource Collection for all the sophisticated brands of furniture (they will order anything for you, even if it’s not on the floor), LivenUP Design for custom made upholstered beds and benches, and Natural Curiosities for art. Each of those vendors is amazing at getting pricing and lead times back to us quickly! Several clients have liked true vintage, mid-century items, though few want to fork over that kind of dough for such an eclectic look. So we just look at them together in LA for a hot minute then go off to lunch!
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