Kate Joy, NCIDQ
With both a Bachelor’s and a Master's degree in Interior Design, Kate's passions lie in historic preservation and sustainable, purposeful design. After graduating from Illinois State University she worked for a residential design firm based in Chicago where she specialized in kitchen and bath design. Her love for historic architecture brought her to North Carolina to pursue her graduate degree in historic preservation, and she has since fallen in love with the climate and southern hospitality. Kate is a licensed interior designer (NCIDQ) and LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional).
For the past ten years, Kate has been employed as a design consultant at Furnitureland South, Inc., the largest furniture store in the world, where she has gained a wealth of knowledge pertaining to home furnishings. Any designer can create interiors that look beautiful, but knowledge of the vast options in the marketplace and their quality is imperative to ensure design selections meet the expectations of the client. This position has also given Kate the opportunity to work with customers locally, across the United States, and around the world, with projects in Canada, Australia, Scotland, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
Kate believes great design is a fine balance between function, comfort, and beauty. "The best element of my job is collaborating with my clients to design interiors that are specific to their needs." Each project is unique, and she enjoys creating personalized solutions that fit the budget and lifestyle of her clientele.
In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking with her family, projects around the house, and sitting on the porch with a glass of red wine and a good book.