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© 2019 by kbg design

Hello!

My name is Katelyn Gilmour and I am the owner and Principal Designer of KBG Design, a truly full-service interior design firm.

 

My love of drawing and painting goes back to before I can even remember...and then my fascination of construction began.  I loved seeing how things were built and how material selections came together as one collective piece of art - I was smitten.  I guess I always knew that I would pursue design in some form or another and my love for interiors won.

 

I pursued my studies at the prestigious Interior Design Institute in Newport Beach, CA.  It was there that I received a Certificate, AA, and BA in Interior Design.  In parallel with my studies, I immersed myself within the design industry and began working for Kravet & Lee Jofa, a world-wide textile manufacturer.  I quickly transitioned to work for a handful of high-end residential design firms serving throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, and San Diego County.  Design projects ranged from furnishing a single room to designing and detailing a ten-thousand-square-foot custom homes from the ground-up.  In 2008, I started my own design business as a 'side gig' - never thinking I would fully pursue it.  Then, in late 2010, I moved back to the Bay Area for love <3. Meanwhile, the effects of the recession were tangible, but I had the opportunity to help develop and design several top-selling products for a well known tile manufacturer, modwalls®.  As the economy recovered, I joined an established Design-Build company in South San Jose, CA, as a lead project designer where I completed many projects with fantastic clients and equally skilled trade partners.  Several of my projects received renowned design awards from NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.  With the encouragement of my husband, family, and friends, I decided to pursue my own 'gig' again in 2015...hence KBG Design.  Now with over 15 years of interior design experience, I suppose you could say that I am officially a 'grown-up' in my industry. 

My passion for gorgeous residential interiors starts with having a transparent relationship with my clients.  I love learning how they currently live so that I can design spaces and, therefore, beautiful homes that will enhance how they will thrive in the future.  I listen to my clients needs and do my very best to achieve their wish lists and then some.  It's one thing to design a beautiful space on paper, but something entirely different when the designs are implemented.  I convey design options with detailed CAD drawings, hand sketching, applicable concept images, and 3D renderings.  The designs become clear for everyone involved:  clients, general contractors, trade partners, and the city (when permitting).  And because surprises on-site are inevitable, my creative problem-solving abilities are quick and effective, which in turn keeps the construction timeline on-track.

See KBG Design's detailed list of services here.

10 Fun Facts About Katelyn
  1. Loves to sing, but hates to perform

  2. Finds painting therapeutic 

  3. Hates mint - yes ALL mint

  4. Favorite color is ORANGE - afterall, "It's the happiest color" according to Frank Sinatra

  5. Favorite foods include sushi and anything you can dip a chip into

  6. Very competitive - sometimes a sore loser

  7. Feels that cooking can be another outlet for creativity... and never follows a recipe

  8. Loves to garden, but is terrified of spiders

  9. Has a memorable laugh 

  10. A favorite pastime = watching movies with her husband a kids