meet the designerS
Award winning designer Kitchy Crouse is one of the leading home renovation experts in southern California with years of experience remodeling homes, kitchens, baths, ranches, coastal houses and businesses of successful professionals in and around Cardiff by the sea, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Olivenhain, La Jolla and others across California and the world.
Kitchy was born and raised in Brazil where she worked in the ecotourism and hospitality industry, gaining deep knowledge and respect of the surrounding nature, how to efficiently do project management and the power of customer service. Since then she move to California, got married and change career to follow her passion in Interior Designer being the only designer in the region with this background.
Inspiration comes from her husband wood work and nature. "I believe design is a reflection of who you are. As a global designer, I prefer quality over quantity and handcrafted over mass production". She has a creative and unique way of approaching design and believe that each home and each client deserve unique and full attention to create an ideal space, aesthetic and functionally.
Kitchy is knowledgeable about and involved in every aspect of the remodel/construction: from plans to material selection to working with contractors at overseeing the implementation of design and furnishings. She is a residential design specialist known for her attention to detail and her outstanding customer service. She is fully involved with and accountable for each of the companies projects including participating in client meetings and furniture selection.
The company which is backed by some of the regions most prominent contractors has won a wide variety of design service awards and has been featured in numerous publications. Kc Interior Design has first appear in the press in a striking 10 page editorial and cover of San Diego home and Garden 2018, an acclaimed magazine in the southern California. She also has been featured on HGTV home tour, Houzz - color of the year 2019, San Diego voyager, and is a contributor on magazine articles Like "Design by sign" and "designers favorite objects". In June 2019 she won the award of kitchen of the year on a contest that more then 90 applicants applied for.
Kitchy who is an active participant in the Kitchen and Bath national Association attended the San Diego Mesa College where she graduated from Interior Design. Her previous work experience in Design include partnership at a Residential and Commercial Interior Design Business in Encinitas where she successfully managed full projects from drawings to installation.
Kitchy likes to explore the aspects of virtual designs and how to help her clients visualize the end results. She has proficiency in 3 different computer programs to successfully communicate with contractors, clients and all trades of the business.
Katie Carnett was born and raised in San Diego and grew up surrounded by creative influences. Her father is a woodworker and photographer, she shares her love for knitting and textile arts with her mother, and her aunts and grandmother are talented painters and fiber artists.
Katie has pulled a little of her own aesthetic from each of these influences. Katie has spent most of her life in the field of performing arts… she discovered her love of dance at the young age of 3, and followed this passion of hers through to a 16 year career as a dance instructor and choreographer. Ready for a change and new challenges, Katie decided to pursue a career in interior design, and attended San Diego Mesa College, from which she graduated in the Spring of 2019.
During Katie’s time in school she was Vice President of the Mesa College Interior Design Club and dedicated much of her time planning events to enrich the educational experience of her fellow students. In Fall of 2018, Katie was the Model and Student Liason for the IIDA Fashion Show, where her and her team took home the awards for “Best Student Ensemble” and “People’s Choice”. Katie also received first place in the ASID Design Excellence Awards for her Residential Project.
In the summer of 2019 the professors at San Diego Mesa College nominated Katie, as a recent graduate, to be the student representative in the IIDA Student Design Charett at NeoCon in Chicago. Katie is very excited about her future in the Interior Design Industry. She is passionate about creating spaces that evoke emotion and believes that a well designed space should blend both beauty and function. Over time, she has blended influences from her upbringing and education to create a unique aesthetic that blends modern clean lines with her love of color, texture, and vintage elements.