Kelly knew she wanted to work in interior design before she knew what interior design was. At a young age, she began to feel the emotional pull of spaces and how even subtle changes affected mood and behavior. After spending years reorganizing and redecorating her childhood home, she discovered her calling would become a career and was accepted at one of the top 10 interior design programs in the country. Steeping herself in both the art and the business of her craft, she graduated with a BA in Housing, Interior Design and Resource Management from Virginia Tech.
Quickly recruited by Mary Douglas Drysdale’s eponymous firm, Kelly began honing her drafting and drawing skills, mastering the crucial and surprisingly perceptible minutiae of fine-tuned measurements of furnishings in a space. Later, as an assistant designer for icon Thomas Pheasant, Kelly quickly took the reins of vendor relationships and worked alongside Tom to develop and present designs to high-end clients. From there, Kelly joined Lisa Vandenburgh LTD where she rose to head of interior design. Working with long-standing clients nationwide, she became a partner in their evolving lifestyles and reimagined their homes accordingly.
Bringing all of this varied experience to bear as founder of KPH Studio, Kelly works closely with architects, artisans, contractors, and craftspeople to create interiors that comfort, inspire, and communicate to her clientele. Kelly and her team have helped hundreds of clients discover their style and tell their story.
Along with Kelly’s true passion of design, she loves spending time hiking with her husband, three kids and family dog anywhere and everywhere around their home in Arlington, Virginia. If the hike involves antiquing, it’s even better.