We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Gamero and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, what do you attribute your success to?
I think the most important factor behind my success is authenticity. I want my designs to feel authentic to the client, to feel authentic to what I believe in and preach as a designer, and authentic to the underlying purpose of the space. Part of my process with every project, large or small, is asking myself questions along the way: Would this piece hold up in my house with kids and a dog? Would I be happy with the quality of this piece over time? Would I pay this price for this item? Would I be excited about this space if it were my own? Is this configuration going to work longterm? If the answer to any of those questions is “no,” then I am open and honest about it with the client and work to move in another direction. I want my clients to be happy at the end of our time together, but I also want them to be happy with their space a month, six months, a year or two down the road. While I always want the spaces I create to be beautiful and inviting, I also want to make sure that they fit the needs, lifestyle and budget of the families and/or businesses operating within them.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What makes Poppie & Kate different from other design firms is that the process is personal, relatable and informal. I run my business completely on my own – I don’t have overhead, employees, or complicated systems, and I think that simplicity trickles down and makes the process less overwhelming for my clients. I’m so proud of the relationships that I have cultivated – relationships that feel like friendships and last long after a project is complete. My one and only goal is to help people design the home or office of their dreams, without stress, confusion or overspending.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m not sure the beauty of Sedona can be matched, so anyone visiting me for a week would get the pleasure of a road trip through those gorgeous red rocks! The fresh, cool air, charming shops and amazing views refuel the soul every time. A trip through Teaquepaque – a design and art lover’s dream – is always a fun way to spend an afternoon while in the area, and, as a wine lover, a stop by DA Ranch in neighboring Cornville is a necessity.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
So, my business would never have been born if it weren’t for my dear friend and cheerleader, Emily Barna of Boompromo. Before Poppie &. Kate, I was a former teacher and school counselor turned stay-at-home mom. I found myself helping people to decorate their spaces, build DIY home projects and plan events after building and designing my own new-construction home in 2016. It wasn’t until Emily suggested that I stop doing all of that for free and turn my hobby and passion into a real, money-making business, that I even had the courage to start down this path. She put the bug in my ear, gave me the encouragement and support I needed to hit the ground with confidence, helped me design my website and logo, and offered me my first paid design job – redesigning the Boompromo offices in Tempe. This was the beginning of all of my success, and I will forever be indebted to her and her husband, Zack, for kickstarting this new phase of my life, continuing to be the greatest mentors and always supporting me through word of mouth marketing.
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