Growing up I worked in my father’s upholstery and antiques shop. On weekends we went treasure hunting in small Missouri towns.
At the University of Kansas I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Commercial Art and Fashion Illustration; and later in New York, at the Tobè-Coburn School for Fashion Careers, I studied Merchandising and Management. Two or three of my projects are archived in the New York Public Library.
In London I worked for fashion and home furnishings trend forecaster Nigel French Inc. and, in New York City, in production and public relations under the Bryant Park Tents.
As an independent professional I was mentored into interior design. Belatedly, I worked for a “name.” I developed my point of view, learning with experience about quality craftsmanship, pushing the boundaries and refining my love of color. Trusting my instincts, I founded my own firm in 2000.
I'm intrigued by new materials. I love hardware stores. I get a charge out of the hunt. I can't live without color. If you ask me my favorite, I'll tell you it’s leopard...followed by plaid!!!
I'm a person who gets involved: I co-founded a group for my peers, the Independent Interior Designers’ Forum, and I sit on the Board of Directors for the National Kitchen and Bath Association. For four years I was honored to be on the planning committee for the New York Home Furnishings and Design Organizations Coalition Summer Social, personally raising $25,000 in a single year for local charities. I created a blog (askkentandco.wordpress.com) to help potential clients better understand the process of interior design and how to work with their designer.
I bring joy to my projects and I want everyone to be as excited as I am about transforming rooms into environments!
"My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre."