In a short period of time, several friends asked Kathleen Fox to help them with their homes. Those friends told friends, who told friends and so on; it didn’t take long for the demand for her design services to become more than just a hobby. Kathleen’s husband, Mike, an entrepreneur himself, took notice and encouraged her to formally start The Pretty Perch Design Co. in 2012. The design firm has grown through word of mouth ever since.
The Pretty Perch design team has a passion for bringing beauty into peoples lives through their living spaces; ultimately helping clients go from liking (or disliking) their house to loving their home! The results are comfortable, serene, and inviting living spaces designed for real life. They offer infusions of character, texture, and a mix of materials to help create a timeless style in every home. The designers aim for each space to reflect that client’s individual style, interests, and personality, all while making the design process fun and less intimidating.
What began as a creative outlet for a stay-at-home mom has become an opportunity to help others grow to love their homes. The team strives to help clients develop a confidence in their own style, design spaces with hospitality in mind, create spaces for friends to gather and most importantly a place for family memories to be cultivated!
How long have you lived in Charlotte and what’s your favorite thing to do here? I have lived in Charlotte for 18 years! One of my favorite things to do in town is to try new restaurants on the weekends with my husband.
How did you first get into interior design? I began working in interior design by designing three of my own homes as well as those of several close friends. After a couple of years, it snowballed from there!
What’s your go-to design element? I would say it’s either an asparagus fern or a piece of driftwood. Texture & bringing pieces of the outdoors inside are usually the design elements that are most overlooked within a space.
What do you find most meaningful in the work you do? Helping clients to feel like their house has become their home, that now reflects their personality and style, and creating a space that they want to invite others into is one of the most meaningful parts in the work that we do.
If you could redesign one space in your home, what would it be and why? I would redesign my kids’ den. It is an abused space with a sofa that needs to move on! 🙂 I plan to redesign that space within the next year or two, with a new sectional, 2 swivel chairs, a darker rug, and a window seat area with pretty pillows and new sconces.
How long have you lived in Charlotte and what’s your favorite thing to do here? This is my second time living in Charlotte. We lived here from 2003-2006 and then again from 2014 until now. I love eating good food with good friends and sipping on great cocktails. In the fall you will find me watching Auburn football with my family and any other time driving my kids to and from practices and games.
How did you first get into interior design? I have always loved looking at pretty houses and rummaging through antique markets. Even though I have a science degree, and have worked everywhere from hospitals to schools, my hobby of interior design turned into a career as friends began asking me to decorate their homes.
What’s your go-to design element? Similar to the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” this seems to translate well to design spaces. I love a collected look mixing new piece with loved antiques and family treasures. Maybe because of my coastal upbringing, I love shades of blue, even if it is just a touch.
What do you find most meaningful in the work you do? Getting to know my clients and the process of turning their house into a home where they are comfortable and use the space to its potential feels very meaningful to me. If you love your home, you feel good in it and are more inclined to invite others in and create a community.
If you could redesign one space in your home, what would it be and why? My living room! I need to redesign the furniture placement and spacing. We have been in our house for just over 3 years and I still have several pieces from our previous houses I am reusing until I order or find something. It is an odd layout and the space is tricky when trying to maximize seating for our large family and friends.
How long have you lived in Charlotte and what’s your favorite thing to do here? I have lived in Charlotte my whole life, except for the four years I spent in Chapel Hill for college. I love the Queen City, and my favorite things to do are getting outside with friends and family and enjoying the mild weather and four seasons that we are blessed with here in NC.
How did you first get into interior design? I like to think I got into interior when I was six years old when my parents built their house. I designed my room in all pink- pink carpet, pink window treatments, pink walls, and a unicorn light fixture LOL. Let’s just say my taste has definitely changed since then! After college, I renovated and designed my condo. I was working as an assistant stylist for a high-end women’s fashion boutique, and while I do enjoy high fashion, I found that I was more drawn to styling the beautiful interiors of my client’s homes more so than the clothing.
What’s your go-to design element? I think an orchid is classic. Having a beautiful orchid really puts the finishing touch on a room.
What do you find most meaningful in the work you do? The most meaningful part of our work is making our clients happy with their home, making their home a place they want to be and a place they want to invite others to enjoy with them.
If you could redesign one space in your home, what would it be and why? I would love to make my kitchen bigger! Even though I am happy with it as is, I am enjoying cooking and entertaining more now and would love to make it more of a gathering space.
How long have you lived in Charlotte and what’s your favorite thing to do here? I’m a native Charlottean, married to a boy from Charlotte, and both of our kids were born in the same hospital as we were! Needless to say, we love CLT. My favorite things to do here are seeing live music at venues like The Evening Muse, going to Knights baseball games, and meeting up with friends at one of the nearby breweries. I also love that we’re just a few hours away from the beach and the mountains.
How did you first get into interior design? My dad and granddad built their homes, so I grew up playing in between framing and studying house plans and dreaming of what the rooms would eventually look like when everything was finished. My love for interior design didn’t fully come about until I was a stay-at-home mom needing a creative outlet outside of my work as a photographer. I remember feeling so bored with our home, looking at the same four walls with their same ugly cracks, and our big bulky furniture that seemed to take up all the space. Then one day I read Myquillin Smith’s The Nesting Place, and began to rethink my whole approach to decorating my home, making it a form of art and a reflection of the people who live here. I started taking photographs of the changes I was making and posted them on Instagram, then friends began asking me for help with their homes.
What’s your go-to design element? Since I love photography and art, I enjoy creating a gallery wall in homes, or using an oversized statement print that is special to the family.
What do you find most meaningful in the work you do? Hands down, the most meaningful part of this work is showing our clients that not only can their home be a place where each member of the family feels comfortable, but they can also feel good about welcoming and inviting others in.
If you could redesign one space in your home, what would it be and why? We bought our small fixer-upper home knowing we would renovate and add on to it over the years as our family grew and as our budget allowed. We added a master bedroom a couple of years ago, and our next plans are to add a larger family room-laundry room-back entrance, turning our current family room into a dining room. We want our home to be a place where the kids bring their friends over, and we have space to entertain. I dream of brick floors and a wall of windows in the laundry room, a buttery soft tan leather couch in the new family room, and in our future dining room, floor to ceiling windows on either side of the fireplace.