Kelly Graduated from the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University with her Bachelors of Science in Interior Design. Following graduation, she began work with the internationally known desert architect, Will Bruder at Will Bruder + Partners. While Kelly worked at WBP she gained experience with national and international work, contributing on many projects in Saudi Arabia’s King Abduhllah Financial District. Kelly has been a designer at Bar Napkin Productions for over 2 years, working on numerous hospitality projects. Her Northwest roots, love for the desert and experience in regional, national and international work gives Kelly the ability to adapt to any project challenge.
How would you describe your style of design?
My personal style is clean, minimal and timeless with a hint of eclecticism.
What are some ways that you stay inspired?
Anything and everything can inspire if you let it.
Describe your design process.
Always thinking holistically about the project, problem and solution.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
All careers have their challenges; I find the most challenging part of my job is accepting that design outcomes will minimally or significantly differ from the original intent.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is truly affecting people with space and thoughtful design.
Why did you decide to go into the design industry?
I don’t necessarily believe you decide to go into design – design chooses you. When you are the kind of person who notices things others don’t about your physical surroundings, and how it makes you feel or when you believe form is as equally important as function - the cards fall into place.
What are some fun projects that you’re currently working on right now?
Top secret - if I told you I would have to kill you.
Is there a project that you are especially proud of?
I am very proud of the role I have played in all my projects, but I am particularly partial to Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour in Downtown Phoenix. I live and work in the downtown area and take great pride in being a part of the renovation of a historic building. The hotspot brings character and flavor to the downtown scene and evokes the direction downtown Phoenix is moving. Although historic buildings come with their challenges, every lesson learned is an important lesson in my career and in historic renovations in general.
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