photos by Anna Routh Barzin
Founded in 2015, kate.h.design has quickly become one of North Carolina's premier boutique interior design firms. Owner and lead designer, Kate Hutchison, is a High Point Native with strong family ties to the furniture industry. Taking her very first steps in her grandfather's showroom, Kate's creativity and passion for design have been an inherent part of her life for as long as she can remember. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Arts Applications, concentration in Visual Arts, and a minor in Design Studies, she continued her education at Meredith College where she received a B.S. in Interior Design.
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." With over ten years of experience in the business, Kate's projects seamlessly blend her fresh perspective and timeless sophistication.
In Her Words...read on to get to know Kate!
What do you love most about including original art in your designs?
As a designer, I am always striving to create truly unique spaces for clients, and original art is one of my favorite ways to accomplish this. It adds a level of personality and character that is often hard to achieve with other design elements. I also love that art can affect your mood in such a positive way, just by existing. There are so many pieces throughout my home that make me smile every time I walk by them, and I grow to love them more and more each time I do!
I love secondary residences! There is something about a vacation home that grants permission to have a little bit of fun and add some whimsy where you might not otherwise.
Favorite thing about living in the south?
There is nothing better than a Southern summer. Lightning bugs, thunderstorms, the beach ... I even weirdly love the humidity! Walking barefoot in dewy grass still takes me right back to my childhood.
artwork by Kim Hassold
What are your three "must haves" in order to create an inviting space?
First and foremost, comfortable (and quality!) furniture. There is no sense in investing in pretty pieces that you don't actually want to sit in for years to come. Layering textures is also a must. From velvets to slubby linens to raw silks; including a variety of finishes adds warmth to any room. Lastly, colors you can live with - long term. I love to go bold in a Butler's Pantry or a Powder Room, but rooms that people spend a lot of time in are much more enjoyable when the larger elements, like upholstery and floor coverings, aren't totally off the wall. Stick with what you know you love and you won't regret it!
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