Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to find myself surrounded by and drawn to art and the people who create it. However, like a character in a Dickens novel, it wasn’t a linear path that led me to where I am today.
As a child I spent hours cutting pictures out of magazines and pasting them into scrap books, rearranging and decorating my bedroom, setting the table for my mother’s lavish dinner parties and creating fantasy interiors in my attic bedroom which housed all our spare furniture.
When I was seven, my family moved from Australia to a small town in Germany where we traveled extensively across all of Europe for the five years we lived there, visiting countless churches, galleries and museums. I again moved to Europe in my early twenties, this time to London, where I lived in an apartment belonging to one of Australia’s preeminent painters. Among my neighbors there were artists, writers, furniture makers and musicians. It was from those adventures that my visual DNA was formed.
However, not yet realizing how best to utilize what I’d absorbed, I pursued a Ph.D in Art History and later ran several successful businesses outside of the design field. It wasn’t until I became a mother years later that I returned to what I first loved as a child. It all started innocently enough with a blog focusing on interior design. That led unexpectedly to magazines, both national and international, featuring my work and, eventually, to assignments to design for others. And, thus, Kate Challis Designs was born.
I believe that the combination of that creative aspect of me, shaped in those childhood and early adult years, together with the commercial realities and project management skills that I learned in business, has allowed me to bridge the two most critical requirement of any interior design assignment.
I look forward to sharing all that experience and artistry with you.