kt designs owner    kathryn a thompson (kat)


Growing up in South Florida, it was easy to find inspiration everywhere I turned. The sea, the sun, and nature provided never-ending sources for my inspiration. Now that I am living in the Mountains of Western North Carolina, my inspiration still comes from Mother Nature and all her glory. Clean, simple lines with pops of color mixed in through art, music and accessories - that's what draws me into spaces and places. My passion for photography, handmade jewelry and art started early. From a very young age I have been daydreaming and admiring the way light would enter and fill up a room - and I have been following that light ever since. Collecting beads, baubles and unique one-of-a-kind pieces everywhere I went, started in my teens - making and turning them into wearable art hasn't stopped. In fact, it has grown and so are my techniques and my jewelry making skills. Without a doubt, there is a real joy I get from hand-painting glassware. Turning the ordinary into something extraordinary, pleases and excites me very much. Plus, everything tastes better in your favorite hand-painted glass. :) I invite you to take a look at what I have created and if you have any questions or would like to place a custom order, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Like so many of us over the last couple of years I was forced to figure out a new life path and I couldn't stop thinking about all the things I wish I had known about this area prior to my move. After relocating to WNC in the Fall of 2018, to be closer to my parents, I soon realized that there were things that were not shared with me by the locals that I came in contact with. This struggle and realization are what inspired me to pursue a career in real estate. During the summer of 2020 I enrolled in a socially-distant online course to become a NC Broker. In August of that same year I graduated, passed the exams, and became a Broker in the great state of North Carolina. Later that year I joined Landmark Realty Group as their newest (and newbie) Broker. My time with Landmark has been an interesting one filled with many opportunities, successes, and chances to grow my local knowledge along with my knowledge of the WNC real estate market, with some heavy emphasis in marketing. As far back as I can remember, my family has traveled to these mountains, rivers, streams and lakes. With an extensive background for the past 25+ years in architectural design and drafting, the transition into real estate was and is a natural one for me. As an engineer’s daughter, you could say my attention to detail flows like a mountain stream, deep inside my veins. My desire to help others like me navigate their way into this unique area and lifestyle doesn’t and won’t stop at the closing. By building relationships through hard work, trust, discretion, and with thorough communication skills I will provide you with a solid foundation for turning your own mountain living dreams into a reality.
Welcome to my life, my passions, and to my online shop! If you have any inquiries about the Western North Carolina real estate market please do not hesitate to reach out. It would be my pleasure and honor to serve you.

"No (wo)man has the right to dictate what other (wo)men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit." ~Ansel Adams

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