Feb 5, 2013

Meet our Home + Garden Show Design Expert Rachel Kate!  Most recently a top design finalist on HGTV’s  Season 7 of Design Star, Rachel always had an eye for fashion and interiors.  You can catch Rachel at our Minneapolis Home + Garden Show (Feb 27 - Mar 3).

We recently caught up with Rachel and had her answer a quick Q&A, check it out below!

12 Questions:

1. What three items do you always keep with you in your pockets?

Measuring tape, lipstick and  Altoids

2. How did your first job go?

I learned how to measure 20’ windows for draperies, and design an s-shaped 2-sided sofa for a client down in Florida. It was definitely interesting

3. How were you discovered?

I walked into an Interior Design Furnishing Manufacturing Company in Boca Raton, FL and asked for a job, with no Interior Design experience at the time. I went to school for fashion but could draw well so they hired me to design everything from custom upholstery and draperies to wall units and custom area rugs. Quit an experience, and that was 13 years ago!

4. What is your most memorable career moment to date?

Winning the White Room Challenge on HGTV’s Design Star - Winning room below! (Image via HGTV)

5. Describe your design style in five words or less:

My personal style is: Natural, simplistic and rustic

6. What design trend or item are you coveting this season?

A lot of grey finishes, soothing neutral tones, and natural materials

7. What’s your favorite room in your house and why?

My living room, that’s where all the action is.

8. The last item you bought or crafted for your own home?

Fabric for draperies that I want to make

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Put it on a spreadsheet, see if the numbers will work – Always my dad’s advice to me his creative artist daughter

10. What are your design pet peeves?

Poorly designed built-ins that “need to stay”

11. Are you on Pinterest?

Yes of course! RachelKateHunt on Pinterest

12. Describe the Home Show in one word.


Don't miss Rachel Kate on state at our Minneapolis Home + Garden Show (Feb 27 - Mar 3).

For 2-for-1 tickets to the show click here!