K Light Interiors is a boutique residential interior design firm based in Tampa, Florida. Kate works closely with her clients to create comfortable, yet polished settings, taking into consideration their individual lifestyle and personal needs.
With a background in art history, Kate developed an appreciation for art and architecture while studying design in Florence, Italy. Ultimately narrowing her concentration to modern European art history, Kate graduated with a degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Growing up with an inherent eye for design, Kate followed in her mother's footsteps and began to focus her efforts on interior design. While in Atlanta, Kate had the opportunity to work with nationally acclaimed design firm, Courtney Giles Interiors, while attending design courses at Savannah School of Art & Design. During her tenure in Atlanta, Kate developed the ability to adapt to a client's personal vision by constantly exploring new creative solutions.
Upon moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2015, the ultimate goal was realized when K Light Interiors opened its doors. With her modern roots, Southern influence and experience in the Atlanta design space, Kate brought an eclectic array of design skills with a fresh look to central Virginia. With a few renovations and some fun projects under her belt, Kate and her husband returned to Atlanta, Georgia, and K Light Interiors opened its doors in Buckhead. Kate worked with clients in the greater Atlanta area to widen her range of experience, from new construction projects to single room revamps. In 2019, Kate and her family returned to her hometown of Tampa, Florida. K Light Interiors currently works with clients up & down the east coast, from New York City to Florida.
How did you start your company and what’s your favorite part of what you do?
After working for Courtney Giles Interiors in Atlanta for 5 years, my husband and I moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, and I launched K Light Interiors there. My mother is an interior designer, so I grew up with the entrepreneurial itch and knew one day I wanted to go out on my own, so this provided me with the little push I needed. After two years, we returned to Atlanta and I was thrilled to be reunited with friends and vendors in the industry! It was wonderful to reconnect with the Atlanta design community and really build my business there. Before my first daughter was born, we relocated to my hometown of Tampa and I expanded K Light Interiors to Florida. It’s a growing community with so much opportunity and wonderful clients; we couldn’t be happier.
My favorite part of of what I do is my clients! They each inspire me in different ways with their take on color or a special antique or the way in which they live in their home; each project is different and it’s so much fun to unfold their story and create a home that they love living in.
Describe your style in one sentence.
Fresh, colorful and layered!
When designing a room, where’s the best place to start?
I love starting from a piece of art. It doesn’t always happen that way; sometimes it starts with a fabric, or a piece of furniture my client is dying to use, or a color story, which is so much fun too. But when it starts with art, I am just thrilled. I was an art history major as an undergrad at UNC Chapel Hill, so when the art is the focal point of the room, it really gets my creative juices flowing.
What’s your advice when purchasing an investment rug?
Make it wool! And if possible, old. There’s a reason antique Oushak rugs withstand years of use; the weaving technique used in the production was meant to stand the test of time. They add so much warmth and character to a space and they never go out of style.
What design rule do you follow?
I believe design rules are meant to be broken but one thing I always hold at the forefront is scale. Appropriate scale is so important in a project and I think it’s something that always needs to be respected.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I look forward to every issue of House & Garden UK. The warmth of British interiors is so cozy and lived in; I admire their approach to using the items they own, whether is be fine china and linens or the practice of truly enjoying a formal living room; nothing should be too precious. I believe houses are meant to be loved and enjoyed and House and Garden always inspires me to bring that into my own home and I hope to encourage my clients to do the same.
If you could take only one thing from your house, what would it be?
A Brian Coleman painting my husband commissioned for me as a wedding gift. We went to an opening hosted by Anne Irwin Fine Art and both fell in love with his work. We now own two of his paintings but the wedding gift is extra special.
Your go-to playlist at home?
“Late Night Jazz” on Spotify. After putting the babies to bed, my husband and I are always looking for a way to mellow out after the chaos of bedtime and bath time, and Late Night Jazz plus a glass of juicy red wine hits just right!