Kathryn Walsh knew from age 6 that she would become an Interior Designer. She had already been taking Art classes for two years, which continued until she went to college. She has two degrees, an Associate of Arts in Painting as well as a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University.
She has completed 60+ model homes from South Florida to Chicago to the Catskills Mountains and Long Island as well as New Jersey, Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman and Asheville North Carolina, she is an accomplished Kitchen and Bath Designer and has worked in that industry for 25 years. Her overall Design experience is approaching completion of 29 years. She is a specialist in both Commercial and Residential Design, Interiors as well as Exteriors. She has yet to be presented with a project that she couldn’t excel at fulfilling the Client’s needs. She has done extensive Design in the United States as well as the Cayman Islands where she designed a Resort on Seven Mile Beach and worked with a Naval Architect on the commercial Corinthian Yacht “Emerald Eyes”, it holds up to 300 people and currently services Georgetown, CI cruise ships, 5 years living and working between the Cayman Islands and the Tampa Bay Area. She started her own Design Firm by the name of “The Art of Design” in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. This business was quite active for 17 years. She has worked in Bermuda for 9 months and San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico outside of the Industrial City “Monterrey” where she did everything from High End Residential Design to designing factory/plant Assembly Cells working closely with the engineers on the project. She excels in everything from the Psychology of Color and how they play off of each other, lighting layouts and has an extensive knowledge of appliances, cabinetry, and plumbing fixtures. She works closely with Sherwin Williams and is a Decorative Product Specialist on Interior and Exterior finishes and is able to troubleshoot and specify the best products for specific needs. Kathryn will research a project and speak about it fluently. She has worked in the Asheville Market since 2006, when she moved here to work on many projects in several of “The Cliff’s Communities” including one of their Golf and Fine Dining Country Clubs in both North and South Carolina. She has worked on local hotels, and many local restaurants, as well as hair salons, car dealerships and government buildings.
Kathryn is quite comfortable with Residential and Contract Commercial Design. Kathryn will be holding seminars for Professional Interior Designers as well as Color and Style seminars for home owners. She stays ahead of the game on Color Trends and is able to work on tight time frames as well as the full range of budgets. She is very creative and is able to hand sketch full colored renderings, to complete space planning, elevations, cross sections, as well as having the latest in software to complete a detailed presentation on COLORS and TEXTURES large screen Mac Computers and has a 60″ HD screen for detailed presentations. Her personal style is very contemporary to rustic contemporary, liking to use many clean lines along with beautiful and sustainable textures.
Some recently completed commercial exteriors include:
The French Broad Building (which houses our local state attorneys office
The Asheville Renaissance Hotel
A few Downtown Historic District Buildings in Weaverville, NC including: Mikes Grill and the Aabani Salon Spa
And currently working on an entire community/sub division, Deerwood, in South Asheville which has 100 homes, a Clubhouse, Mail Centers, Pool Area and individualized color selections.
As a child, Jessica used to draw floor plans and collect house plans from the Sunday papers. She was constantly rearranging her room and redecorating her walls, so returning to school for design for her ”second career” seemed natural.
A native of Asheville, Jessica attended NC State where she majored in Textile Management. She spent 9 years in Raleigh before making the decision to return to school for a second under-graduate degree from Appalachian State University. After getting her degree in Interior Design she made her way back to Asheville and has worked in commercial office design and residential furniture before joining COLORS and TEXTURES.
Jessica’s personal design style is a fresh eclectic, mid-century modern mix. She loves neutrals with pops of color and patterns that are interchangeable. She believes that good design is powerful and can improve ones living or working spaces in significant ways.