Owner And Principal Designer Of Eklektik Interiors
Kathy is the principal designer and owner of Eklektik Interiors and brings a broad perspective and exclusiveness to her interior designs. Inspired by world travels, Kathy focuses on creating a personal design that is timeless. With extensive residential as well as commercial experience, Kathy has found that a vital key to truly successful interior design projects is communication. She believes the design process should be an enjoyable one. By helping her clients better understand the process, the experience becomes less intimidating for them. Her ability to read her clients is a strength that helps her to create that ‘signature’ environment for each space. Kathy received a degree in Interior Design from Brigham Young University and is a licensed and registered interior designer. Kathy is a member of the Advisory Board of Houston Community College Interior Design Department, a member of the Greater Houston Builders Association Custom Builders Council, a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo volunteer for the past eight years, actively involved with HomeAid Houston, a charity sponsored by the GHBA, and a regular presenter and contributor to building industry organizations and publications.
John Taylor was born and raised on the island of Barbados. He worked as a site manager in construction for several years before attending Texas A&M. After receiving a degree in construction science, John returned to Barbados where he worked as a project manager for three years. Wanting to use more of his creative side, John then decided to attend the Art Institute in Houston where he earned with honors, his second Bachelor’s degree—this one in Interior Design. He is also certified Aging In Place Specialist (CAPS) which qualifies him to make home modifications to provide safe and secure home environments for the aging. Johns’ proficiency in CAD and SketchUp design software, combined with his background in construction management and his newfound love and innate flair for interior design, help him create unique and innovative designs. John enjoys volunteering with the Houston furniture bank D.I.V.A.S in his spare time and also has a passion for cooking.
Kelly loves the personal aspect of the design process as she creates and tailors each project to the specific needs of a client. Kelly brings expertise and a love of Computer-Aided Design to Eklektik’s team. She is a recent graduate of Texas State with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Interior Design. Studying abroad for a semester in Italy gave Kelly a love of beautiful, lasting architecture and a renewed perspective on how to build with a specific purpose in mind. She’s always been intrigued by the ever-changing role of design through the decades and likes to incorporate different aspects of those decades into modern designs.
Finding innovative solutions for her clients and implementing them in home design keeps Melinda Smith inspired and motivated as an interior designer. Melinda loves getting that “A-ha” moment when she figures out a better way of doing things and her projects often develop from there. With a Master’s Degree of Arts in Interior from Florence Design Academy in Italy, Melinda brings a global view to her design projects. She is happy to be back in Houston where she received her Bachelor Degree in Interior Design from Sam Houston State. Melinda loves color and anything active and outdoors including biking, hiking, tennis, and yoga.
Vania De Perio
Vania joins Eklektik Interiors with a love for all aspects of Interior Design- the connection with clients, the creative outlet, the collaboration with vendors and builders, the bringing together of ideas, and most of all the ability to turn this combined vision to reality. After a brief stint trying out accounting and then graphic design for her undergrad, she realized she was always meant to do what she discovered she loved in high school- Interior Design. Vania is a recent graduate of Ohio University’s CIDA accredited Interior Architecture Program. In her spare time she loves unwinding at home in her own space, cooking, and trying new foods. She is a member of ASID and IIDA.
Executive Design Assistant
Regina offers Eklektik Interiors extensive experience as an Executive Design Assistant. Her background in the furniture industry provides her with great expertise in the design and home furnishings field. Regina’s knowledge of manufacturers and product keeps each design on schedule and organized. She is the ‘heart’ of Eklektik and keeps our office running smoothly. Regina’s attention to detail and pleasant nature makes her a favorite among our customers!
Cindy came to Eklektik Interiors as a retired High School teacher of 34 years. Her organizational skills and discipline keep our resource area clean and up to date. She is always happy to help others and offers a kind word and smile to all who visit our Showroom. Cindy has a great love for the community and has served as a volunteer for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for over a decade.
Peggy claims to be a restless soul. She loves change and how creating makes every day new and fresh. With that creative energy, she keeps our showroom constantly updated and beautiful. Peggy has a Bachelor’s of Science in Interior Design from Stephen S. Austin University. She started her career in commercial design, but after a few years went to residential and has been with Eklektik Interiors for over a decade. Peggy also loves spending time with her husband and 2 children, painting and drawing, and in her volunteer work with National Charity League, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Susan G. Komen.
Andi has been with Eklektik Interiors since 2002. Her vision and business sense have been a vital part of Eklektik’s success. Andi ‘s ability to balance and manage the business side of our Interior Design Studio allows our designers more freedom to do what they do best…create! Andi also enjoys coordinating Eklektik Interiors advertising and has been instrumental in the expansion of our branding.
Manager Of Shipping And Receiving
For over a decade, Hugo has been giving detailed attention to ensure that all furnishings and merchandise that are received by and delivered by Eklektik Interiors are correct and in perfect condition. Hanging mirrors, art and wall pieces is one of Hugo’s specialties. Hugo has an excellent eye and is a tremendous support to our designers. He is genuinely kind and courteous, a demeanor appreciated by our customers and staff. His energy and amazing work ethic recharge us all!
With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Journalism, Jana loves sharing Eklektik’s vision and story as Marketing Director. Since receiving her degree, the way we communicate has evolved into a digital world. Although she still loves advertising in print and the feel of paper in her hands, Jana thrives on finding new ways to connect with people all over the world instantaneously through social media and a shared love of beautiful design.