When you walk into a room, paint colors, fabric choices and curtain styles say a lot about the homeowner and evoke a feeling from visitors. Harrogate resident Cathi Kuykendall is a seamstress and interior designer who loves color, unique patterns and bringing personal touches into a room.
“You know, I go by the thought that if you touch it and it feels good or brings you good thoughts, then you keep it. It doesn’t matter if traditionally people say it goes together or not. If you love it then it goes together and that’s what makes it your home,” said Kuykendall.
She uses unique prints, patterns and colors in the things she sews for home interiors. Her sewing career began in the seventh grade, when her mother made her take a sewing and typing class.
As she grew up she stopped sewing until it became a bit of a necessity. She bought a bed and breakfast which had 13 foot tall ceilings, so she picked up sewing again to make custom curtains for the business.
“It’s the fact that sewing is as creative as I want it to be. I can sew a funky (pillow) for me and there’s no rhyme or reason. It’s just for me and it’s fun,” said Kuykendall.
Kuykendall often sews with one eye closed due to several eye issues she is battling such as a detached retina, myopic degeneration and macular pucker, to name a few. Despite her near-blindness, her disposition about her health issues and her passion has stayed as sunny as her outlook on design.
She worked across the country for an airline company and has lived in many different states from Colorado to Florida. In her spare time, she also enjoys baking and gardening. She lives in a tiny, 400 square foot log home which is adorned with her other handmade crafts such as mosaic windows and large, colorful metal flowers.
Her bright, fun pillows are for sale at the Cumberland Gap Artist Co-op, located at 521 Colwyn Ave. in Cumberland Gap.
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