MEET THE TEAM
Many ask us “what is your design style"? Our designs are all about YOU and are as different as our clients’ spaces are different! However, here’s a little more about us…
Kristen Pawlak, DDCD
Kristen is a multi-award winning and professionally certified designer who has owned Decorating Den since 2009. Her work has been featured in HGTV, Houzz, Louisville Magazine, Arabella, StyleBlueprint, House & Home, The Courier-Journal, the Voice Tribune, and on Your Kentuckiana Home. She is also a contributor to the Courier-Journal Stylemaker, WLKY-32 The Real Deal, KY Homes & Gardens, and Today’s Woman, and enjoys speaking to local organizations on design topics. Kristen has donated her time and talent to the Bellarmine University’s Designers’ Show House since 2011. Nationally, Kristen sits on a The Leadership Council for Decorating Den corporate.
Having a personal love and knack for aesthetics all her life, she chose to follow her passion and build a second career in design. Prior to her ownership of Decorating Den Interiors, Kristen spent many successful years as a marketing research project manager, using skills which translate today to her interior design projects and clients.
While originally from Michigan, Kristen has lived with her family in Louisville for over 25 years. She is inspired by anything vintage, travel, dogs, and the natural beauty of the outdoors.
Julie Kole, EPS
Julie is originally from Nashville, TN and moved to the Louisville area to pursue a career in interior decorating and home staging. She received her formal training and certification as an Expert Psychological Stager™ from Kristie Barnett, an award-winning and national expert in home staging, decorating and residential paint color—known as “The Decorologist.™ She also holds a BA in Family and Consumer Science from Middle Tennessee State University and has experience in merchandising and purchasing.
Julie was raised in an environment of design and creativity as her family owns a custom home building business in Tennessee. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling to new cities, baking (mostly chocolate), and spending time with family and friends.
Nancy Reilly Bamforth
Nancy is the glue that holds our studio, warehouse, and designers together. She enjoys supporting the office flow and communicating with our clients as well as our extended team of contractors and installers.
Prior to Decorating Den, Nancy had extensive experience in administrative and marketing support in accounting and publication industries. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. Nancy is the youngest of ten, from a large Louisville-born family. She and her husband reside just across the river. She is an extraordinary baker, with her specialty being cake pops. She also enjoys reading and making jewelry in her time away from work.
Warehouse/RK Renovations Assistant
Matthew helps the team out part-time, managing the warehouse and assembly. He's a full-time student, artist, and photographer.
Our Alliance Partners
KP Designs has an excellent alliance partner with RK Renovations. Having Ralph based in our studio to work with our clients is an asset that sets our design business apart. As we do “every room in the house”, Ralph’s firm provides all contract labor needed to renovate kitchens, bathrooms, as well as any room requiring light construction.
We can truly provide you full-service design!
Additionally, other long-time alliance partners include local craftsmen, installers, plumbers, electricians, upholsterers, and finish and decorative painters.â??
Rosie and Gracie
KP Design Team Canine Support
Okay…while they are not technically KP Design Team staff, these two provide a lot of moral support and affection to our designers! They are also our test subjects that all of your family members can be made comfortable in the design and function of your spaces!
Who Says Design Can't Be Fun?