Meet KK Harris


KK'S BACKGROUND

Katie Kelley Harris ("KK") studied both historic preservation and studio art at the College of Charleston, SC, as well as earned her Masters in brand management at VCU’s Brandcenter in Richmond, VA. She learned about the interiors business from her mother, who has managed high-end interior workrooms for more than three decades.

She realized her love for pattern after starting her own retail operation in 2016, House of Floralie, where she designed the signature boxes, wrapping, and tissue papers. Her customers connected so intensely to the pattern aesthetic and KK felt like she could push herself to design more. Her first interiors experiment was with her son’s nursery, for which she designed the Ansonborough pattern.

 

ABOUT THE LINE

Born from the desire to create classic designs that feel lighthearted, KK strips away the stuffiness of prior periods to reveal mood-boosting prints. Designs are meant to feel young, and a bit naïve. She spent years in research and development of the artwork for her debut collection, as well as created relationships with craftspeople to help with its production.

KK’s inspiration comes from many (often unpredictable) sources, though of particular interest are the design decisions made by the French during the reign of Louis XIV, the elegance of the American Revolutionary period with its Federal style, the Arts and Crafts movement, and the studies of 18th Century female botanists. She leverages a totally unique color palette of vibrant pastel tones and metallic pigments. As a result, traditional designs marry modern colors to create storied interior decor. KK likes to joke that she has "the mind of a preservationist and the heart of a modernist." Her designs seek to reference history while embracing progress. It's the juxtaposition of old and new that continually inspires her.

MODUS OPERANDI

KK operates with the highest sense of integrity. She has a very specific approach, which is at the center of her design process.

A GOOD SENSE OF HUMOR NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

Life has many challenges. KK's designs are intended to help keep things light (hearted). She seeks to spark laughter and create joy for our home environments.

PRESERVATION IS PARAMOUNT

KK seeks to preserve the storied traditions of the building and decorative arts. Not only does she find immense inspiration from the past, KK actively maintains traditional historic methods of production where possible. She works with American based family-owned screen printers who bring our designs to life the good old-fashioned way (by hand). This is not the least expensive or more efficient route, but it is the most beautiful one.

THE PURSUIT OF NEIGHBORLINESS

KK is committed to being friendly and helpful. She embraces opportunities to teach and mentor. She will always do what she can for the people she loves. She prioritizes working with vendors who also hold this truth.

HOSPITALITY IS A FINE ART

KK believes entertaining is an art that someone can learn at any age or stage of life. When she invites others to her home, she gives her gifts of time, talent and energy. This act creates shared memories and a more meaningful, inclusive world.

Pictured: The wedding welcome KK designed for guests visiting the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond, Virginia for her celebratory weekend. Featured in the Summer 2015 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and here online. Katie Stoops Photography.