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MK Coastal (like most businesses) was started with a bright idea and a drawing on a napkin after a family get together. Cousins Megan Pesce and Kelly Brown decided to transform their family’s love of sailing into a family business.
We asked the MK ladies to share some details about their booming company with us.
K&K: How did you get the idea to create these amazing items from sails?
MK: Kelly’s family was given an enormous 800 pound sail while Megan happened to be visiting her in Maine. With Kelly’s background in sailing and Megan’s in interior design we thought about the possibilities of what we could create together and MK Coastal was born. We wanted to do something beyond the ever popular sail cloth bags and came up with a few home decor items that we thought would fill a niche in the coastal home decor market. It was also important to us to to be environmentally conscious and use all reclaimed sailcloth. Way too many sailors have unused sails sitting in their garages or barns rotting away, and that’s where we came up with “The Story of the Sail”, which is such a fun way to own a piece of sailing history and really know where that sail was used! How many antiques have you seen and wondered where they’ve been?
K&K: What has been the biggest reward? What has been the biggest challenge?
MK: The biggest reward is seeing our vision come to life through the amazing seamstresses and craftsman we work with everyday! It’s so nice to hear people’s feedback, since a large majority of our business up until this point has been custom orders. They love our products and our story! There are many challenges we face as business owners, one of them being the time it takes to get from idea to prototype to market. Once we have decided to create and sell something, we want it to be done…like…yesterday! We’ve had to practice patience much too often.
K&K: What are a couple of interesting custom items you’ve made?
MK: We love custom projects! I love finding antiques to repurpose and finding creative ways to add sailcloth to everyday home decor. We made an outdoor sign for a small art gallery as well a custom burgee flag for a birthday gift, but I think my favorite idea so far was the set of placemats that spelled out a family name in nautical letters! It was such a fun and creative project and they really loved it.
K&K: Has a “celebrity” purchased one of your products yet?
MK: Well, one of our pillows is a celebrity of sorts! It’s featured in the boathouse set of cbs’s NCIS: Los Angeles. But, our new tray was a must have for HGTV’s Cari Cucksey, when she recently purchased a walnut tray for her pool house.
As you can tell, these are some pretty inspiring ladies who have created some must-have products! We love how great this set of sail placemats fit into our United Methodist Children’s Home room last spring!
November 11, 2013 2 Comments
We LOVE to support companies that not only make great products, but also use their profits to make the world a better place. Mission work has a big place in our hearts. Kelly has just returned from another trip to Guatemala to help build a new home for a family (read her blog here), and we have recently wrapped up the finishing touches on our second space at the United Methodist Children’s Home in Atlanta. While flipping through one of my favorite catalogs I came across a little blurb that says a whole lot about one amazing company.
Wisteria has long been a favorite of Kandrac and Kole. We’ve bragged about their ever present eye-candy over and over again, but this time I noticed a tiny section in their catalog that is called Wisteria Nonprofit Friends.
In each issue they feature an organization doing something special somewhere in the world. They financially support each of these missions and then offer information on how you can help. I love that!!
This month’s Nonprofit Friend is the Methodist Children’s Home in Costa Rica. Started by Ray and Lidia Zirkel, longtime missionaries in Costa Rica, the Children’s Home was built to address the problem of homeless children and overcrowded institutions in San Jose. They are providing a nurturing, Christian family home for children who would otherwise have no family. Today one house operates with another one opening in late 2013.
For more information on the Methodist Children’s Home, Costa Rica visit their site.
Here’s a short round-up of some recent Nonprofit Friends from Wisteria; Empower African Children, Safe Haven, Akola Project, No Kid Hungry, Defenders of Freedom, and Aid to Artisans, just to name a few. They’ve been busy helping this amazing range of organizations since before 2006. WOW.
We love organizations that have BIG hearts, not to mention beautiful home furnishing and accessories. – Check them out here!!
July 20, 2013 1 Comment
Kandrac and Kole has eagerly added another member to our crazy crew! Tracy Higginbotham has been spending her summer days assisting in designs, getting us organized, and learning the in’s and out’s of this whirlwind industry! After a few weeks here we figured it was safe to let her share about some of her adventures. So, here it is, our guest post blog from intern Tracy!
What could be better than spending my days surrounded by talented ladies, dreamy fabrics, and amazing designs?! NOTHING! I am honored to be the newest summer intern at Kandrac and Kole Interior Designs, Inc.! (I’m the luckiest gal in Kennesaw!)
Before I started two weeks ago, if anyone said the word ‘internship’ I would think of an overwhelming and stressful summer. After five minutes of walking in the door, all my fears and anxiety disappeared. The lovely ladies welcomed me with open arms and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else!
I will be a senior at Georgia Southern University this coming fall (oh, how time has flown!). I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design in May and then heading out to see what the world has in store for me!
Next to Georgia Southern’s campus is a beautiful brick house with double red doors, which I have called my home away from home for the past three years. I don’t know where I would be without my amazing sisters of Alpha Omicron Pi!
You would think a college student would rather be by the pool tanning than inside at an internship but not this girl! After three weeks, I have learned that each day is different and you never know what to expect (and I love that!). I have gotten to sort through their gorgeous fabrics from Schumacher, Kravet, Lee Jofa, Duralee… just to name a few! You can image what a dreamland this place is!
I helped pick out artwork selections for a client, helped shop for the work they are doing for an HGTV pilot and wrapped up the week by joining the K&K clan at the Mitchell Gold Bob Williams Showroom to celebrate Room Service Atlanta’s project at the United Methodist Children’s Home! Don’t these girls just look like a blast?
The cherry on top of coming to Kandrac & Kole everyday is spending the day with the adorable Miss Lilly! How can I get any work done with this little one sleeping by (or biting at) my feet?!
I did not know what to expect going into this summer but now I know that I am lucky to have landed a spot at Kandrac & Kole! Everyday is full of surprises, craziness and laughter. I am hoping these next few weeks don’t fly by so fast!!
June 24, 2013 1 Comment
There is nothing like creating a design and seeing it come to life! As a designer, I have a vision in my head and then hope after all of the selections are made that it becomes what I had hoped it would be!! One person who makes this happen is Joan Borawski. She is the talented lady that creates our renderings, by hand, to scale, the old fashioned way. She is able to bring the texture, color and vision to paper and allows our clients to see “exactly” what their room will look like!!
For some reason, this year, we have been designing several family rooms. It’s rewarding to be able to create a space that people will gather in and make it beautiful, comfortable and functional. Check these out:
This client yearned for a space that was uncluttered, a place for reading, relaxing and conversation. We selected chaise lounges in a soft, textured fabric from Bernhardt Interiors, a funky modern chair from West Elm and a soft shaggy custom area rug!
A major addition for this Marietta, Georgia family of 5, this room is kid and pet friendly. The use of slipcovers, Sunbrella fabrics and a custom FLOR rug make it indestructible!! We were excited to incorporate one of our favorite pieces of art from Sugarboo Designs.
If you keep up with us, you may remember the space we designed for the boy’s cottage at The United Methodist Children’s Home last fall. This was such a rewarding charity project and we’ve heard that the boys are loving their new hangout space!! You can read about it HERE!
Each of these drawings emphasizes the end result of the collaboration between designers, manufacturers, installers and artists who help bring our visions to life!!
May 23, 2013 No Comments
We are blessed to do what we love for a living. We work hard everyday but some projects bring a new level of happiness to our lives.
This Spring we tackled another Room Service Atlanta project at the United Methodist Children’s Home. The feeling of accomplishment and humbleness we sense at the end of these projects never ceases to amaze us.
We are excited to share that the project has been installed and the room is complete!
We are thankful for the love and support of our families, friends, vendors, and business associates. Without you and your donations this transformation wouldn’t be possible.
On Monday morning we loaded up our cars and headed to the Children’s Home. We couldn’t wait to get started!
Talk about a treasure trove! Unloading our cars and unpacking our goodies was like Christmas morning! It was navy and emerald HEAVEN!
Of course every install starts with a good clean so the whole apartment got a tough scrub down (and you thought being a designer was all about the glamour!) Thankfully the entire space was primed and painted prior to our arrival by our friends at Verge & Associates who donated an entire crew and paint products to transform our space!
Look at those muscles!
After the apartment was clean it was time to get down to business. A big thank you to our hard-working installers Chris and Brad from Hangman Installations and Bruce from Bruce Marko Home Improvements who donated their time Monday. They did a tremendous job installing this chevron rug donated by Flor, hanging window treatments and art and installing new light fixtures.
After a long (and only slightly sweaty) day it was time to step back and enjoy the beauty.
The bedroom and bathroom was painted Bedford Grey by Glidden (who donated the paint!). We added a custom sink skirt to freshen it up. All of the fabrics were donated by Atlanta based Lewis and Sheron Textiles. The window treatments, euro bed pillows and sink skirt were fabricated by the super talented Sue Cruickshank from SJC designs.
We repurposed an antique mirror and asked Joan Borawski to work her magic and give it some jazz! (Yes, the mirror is hanging upside down – it is hiding a gaping hole that was created when we removed the ugly medicine cabinet).
This sweet little nook is the perfect reading spot for studying or relaxing. We recovered a vintage chair Joann found (for $35 at a flea market) in a preppy navy and green combination. Leather Creations was gracious enough to make our upholstery dreams come to life!
The spool table was a HomeGoods find that we had repainted with fun stripes. The vintage lamp was donated by our friend Kemp Hickey who can be found at Scott’s Antique Market the second Saturday of every month.
Missing from the corner? Artwork from Steve Penley which is on the way! WOW!!!!
Doesn’t this spot look cozy?
Since there wasn’t enough room to squeeze a sofa and a bed in the room we opted for a daybed to serve both functions. We loaded it up with comfy pillows from Elaine Smith, Homegoods and SJC Designs. The charming swimsuit prints were donated by Wendover Art. They were the inspiration for our playful room!
We fell in love with the “crab trap” light fixture donated by Currey & Co. It really is the cherry on top of this brand new space!
This dainty wicker table (we picked up for FREE at the UMCH flea market shop) makes for a cheery dining/homework space once it was painted Sherwin Williams Dill (SW6438). We hung vintage postcards on a distressed frame backed with chicken wire (thank you TJ Maxx) to add a personal touch. The fun colors matched our decor and added a little nautical jazz. The placemats (under the lantern) are made from reclaimed sailcloth from the philanthropic minded MK Coastal. The yellow stripe matched the chairs perfectly (ok sometimes you just get lucky!)
This precious little whale has a lighthearted quote and we hit the jackpot when we found this driftwood pendant (donated by Currey & Co.)
At the end of the day we could not be more thrilled to leave this gorgeous room in the hands of a young girl. We hope her new apartment inspires her as much as this project has inspired us!
We wish her a fortunate and blessed life!
May 15, 2013 8 Comments