Kate is a disabled military veteran, honorably retired after 15 years of active duty service in the US Air Force, her career was Security Forces (military police). After retirement, she worked as a government contractor for six years in support of US Marine Corps programs, to include Marine Corps intelligence technology systems integration and interoperability. Her degrees include a Bachelors in Social Psychology (summa cum laude), Masters certifications in Information Systems Security Management and a Masters degree in Business Management.
But her passion has always been architecture and design, and she possesses a natural talent for art, space planning and décor. Throughout her life, Kate’s talent has always shown through – being chosen at the early age of 19 to work with Civil Engineering to design a major dormitory renovation overseas. Regarding the ability to design without a design degree: Her motto has always been “You can teach design, but you cannot teach talent.”
Kate started Simply Beautiful Spaces from her home in 2007. She gave up her office and six figure salary. The impetus behind the sudden change in careers was simple – an article she read in a popular home design magazine and a couple of months finding the right training program to teach her the business side of design was all it took to launch her into action. In 2012, after years of looking for the right space and the right opportunity, Kate opened her shop in Stafford, VA. But no matter how easy it looks from the outside, running the business takes discipline and guts. Every morning is spent reading business related articles and researching the latest trends in design, every day is spent working on marketing and running the business, and every evening is spent with family. There are long days and twisted guts, but with the support and encouragement of her husband, Mark, and the great team of ladies working with Kate at the shop, the business continues to thrive.
Stafford’s own “Old Town” shop, we wanted to create a boutique-like shop where you can browse, shop and learn! Moderately priced, unique and one-of-a-kind products add to the beautiful accessories and furnishings we find to share with our clients. Most all our products are handcrafted in the United States and we work hard to bring in items you’ll love to add to your home or office. Shop often and take what you love, it may not be there when you return! We also offer workshops and classes – come to our shop to learn more!
Interior ReDesign and ReStyling – We no longer provide these services – you can find information on fellow designers on our Pricing and Policies tab
- Color Consultations – A process of determining colors best suited to enhance your home. We work with the professional staff of Medias Painting to bring color to your home! We have immediate openings for Color Consultations