Getting personal is a way of life for Clairebella owner and designer Kathy Denness. Her artful line is our go-to resource for finding an impressive and personal gift with wow-factor, especially for the often challenging hostess, teacher, coach or co-worker gifts. Enamored with the way she showcases a name with stylish savvy, we wanted to know more about Kathy:
Tell us how Clairebella came to be
Starting Clairebella was really about being able to have a flexible career that would allow me to be with my kids and also use my creativity. I was always doing something creative as a child, whether drawing, sewing or crafting of some sort. I started out as an Art Major but my parents kind of frowned on that a little, so I changed my major and graduated from college with a degree in Communications/Public Relations. Clairebella started out in the juvenile products world and changed our business model to incorporate my patterns into our own product line. I saw personalized products as a growing category and decided to try to offer something new to the market and we really found our niche.
How would you describe your personal style and how does it influence your designs?
I have an eclectic aesthetic. I like vintage and modern. An antique chest paired with a modern, clean-lined sofa.
What trends are catching your eye, and how will we see them incorporated in Clairebella products in the future?
Personalization is booming. I think that with every new product we introduce that is personalized or customizable, the more our customers want and expect from us. New technology is bringing opportunities for different types of products that can be personalized, so as we grow our business you can expect to see a broader range of personalized products from Clairebella
Here are Kathy’s Five Faves from the Clairebella line:
It adds a touch of color to my white kitchen. I keep it behind my stovetop on display when I’m not using it. I like to change it out with a holiday style (like fall harvest) now and again for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
I love to give them as hostess gifts! My favorite Clairebella patterns are chain, diamond, damask and links.
I like to set the table with coordinating mix and match plates in the same two colors, like green and blue. I think it makes it more interesting to have them in a couple different patterns.
We all have our sticky notes on our desks at our office and with 700 pages, they last forever!
great to take to the gym, in the car. No plastic waste!
Let’s get to know Kathy a little better with a “quick-fire” round of questions:
- Blogs I check daily: Hostess with the Mostess
- My first job was: working the salad bar at Sirloin Stockade
- My favorite color is: every shade of blue
- I cannot live without: my family & running, and sometimes running from my family (I have teenagers – LOL!)
- My favorite guilty pleasure is: Panda Express Orange Chicken
- The best advice I ever received is: listen to your gut
- A cause I care deeply about is: foster kids, Orphan Foundation of America and Orphan Society of America
It’s giveaway time: Kathy has generously offered TWO lucky winners a large personalized cutting board in the pattern and color of their choice! To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment here or on our Facebook page telling us your favorite “signature” Fall dish to make. Contest ends Friday, October 8 at 6pm EDT.
Mmmm! This post made us hungry with all these signature dishes. We could almost taste Lindsay Richardson’s Chicken Pot Pie and Jaime Haywood’s Pork Roast and Dumplings. They are the lucky winners of the cutting boards from Clairebella!