Recently named one of the best wedding planners in the country by Vogue magazine, Kate & Co. is obviously skyrocketing to the top of its industry. Kate Turner, the “Kate” in Kate & Co. is the creative genius who has led her team to wedding planning excellence. It’s no wonder that Kate & Co.’s offices and design studio is a picture of excellence as well.
Savvy was honored to be asked to design their headquarters, which is located in a darling home in Kirkwood. The result of a complete gut overhaul is nothing less than extraordinary. Here’s a tour and an interview with Kate! (all photos by Michael Jacob)
Why did you decide to renovate a Kirkwood home for your offices?
We wanted to have a homey feel to our offices and make sure our clients felt that Kate & Company is truly a family space.
How did you find the house, and what was the renovation like?
Kirkwood is a central location, perfect for our clients. The renovation was not without its stresses, that’s for sure! We had to take the whole house down to the studs, and the construction was 24/7.
What were your most important priorities when designing your working spaces?
Our most important priority was to have collective work spaces for our employees. A unique conference and client meeting space was of the utmost importance, as we are constantly having client design meetings. We also wanted to make sure our clients felt at home and were comfortable. It was important that our personal branding and style was reflected in the furnishings and accessories in our offices.
What were your top design goals, and were there any challenges achieving those goals?
Our top design goals were to have a well-styled and timeless space. The challenge was choosing pieces that were usable, but also beautiful.
What are some of your favorite design elements in your offices?
The breakfast bar in the front room is definitely a favorite design element. It allows us to have a functional space and a pretty one! The sliding glass doors between spaces also allows us to feel open and able to move, while still creating the divided spaces we need.
In three words, how would you describe the interior design of Kate & Co.?
Timeless. Chic. Functional.
What is your advice about making a creative office space fun and inspiring, yet functional and productive?
Make sure that you choose pieces that are timeless, but still serve their purpose, such as a well-styled desk unit!
What did you like best about working with Savvy Surrounding Style?
Savvy truly understood our vision and how a functional office space needs to work.
A FEW MORE DESIGN DETAILS
UP CLOSE WITH KATE TURNER
How did you end up starting Kate & Co.?
My love for event planning led to the formation of Kate & Co. nearly four years ago. I had been part of another wedding planning company, but I wanted to have my specific style and brand represented in the market.
What’s the hardest business lesson you had to learn?
Definitely learning to say ‘no’ – even when it’s a tough thing to do!
What are your top 3 tips for staying organizing and in charge of a growing business?
*Make a to-do list!
*Keep a schedule – your days off are your days off!
*Calendars are a lifesaver!
What’s a typical day like for you?
A typical day includes hanging out in the morning with my two puppies and my husband, Adam. From there, I head into the Kate & Company offices, work on design concepts for clients, answer a stream of emails and end my day with a great margarita at my favorite happy hour spot.
What’s the best part of owning your business?
The best part by far is getting the opportunity to work with some of the best ladies in the biz! My team is my backbone.
What is your biggest accomplishment to date?
Being named one of the best wedding planners in the country by Vogue magazine this past year!