An artist at her core, Kate has spent the last twenty-five years learning and growing as a designer. Her passion for interior design is evident in the spaces she designs and creates. For Kate, design isn't about the latest trend or accolades, it's so much a part of who she is that for most of her life, it's the thing she does when no one's looking. After many years of soul-searching, she and the persons who know her best believe it all led her to pursuing her work here at The Modern Caravan (and the occasional side project!).
Intention, beauty, and carefully honed aesthetics are at the core of Kate's design philosophy. You'll find her resourceful, a fountain of knowledge and creativity that help spaces come alive and clients' visions come true - even whilst staying on a strict budget!
Kate's attention to detail is not lost in our renovations, she's quick to note a slight error in measurement that others might not notice. Her keen eye is often more spot on than the ruler itself. When selecting materials, Kate intuitively chooses varying textures and objects that coordinate to form a cohesive, layered, and intentional space, one meant for truly living, one where a mess of papers and coffee rings are encouraged, where we can feel most ourselves and at ease.
Raised in a small town in the Midwest with very little, much of Kate's resourcefulness was born out of necessity. Learning how to build alongside her dad and watching her grandpa run a successful construction business, Kate learned from an early age to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty. As an adult, life hasn't been an easy for Kate. She's never been handed anything and works for everything she's got - a fighter by nature, Kate doesn't give up and goes after her work with that mentality. Her aesthetic often lends itself to things she cannot afford, so Kate figures out how to get the end result she desires without spending the cash: research and elbow grease required.
In the past four years, Kate has worked alongside Ellen: their renovation experience combined can boast a fully gutted and renovated 1957 Airstream Overlander, 1977 Airstream Overlander, and a 1976 Airstream Sovereign, along with other experience including a home renovation: fully gutted and rebuilt bathroom, an attic conversion to functional living space, a living room renovation in a 1940's home, exposing fireplace brick and original trim reproduction, as well as a floating staircase build, and a full kitchen renovation in their current 1930's home. All work was accomplished with just the two women bringing their strengths and knowledge to the table. Kate brings the design, Ellen brings the build, and together they tackle the work.