About

Welcome!

My name is Katie McGraw (my family nickname is “Kate”) and I am the proud owner of this portfolio! I created this site originally, I admit, to keep myself organized! I needed a place to store all of my work, so I could reflect on what I have created & what I have yet to create. I am now also able to share my work easily with family, friends & all of you!

My Story

I grew up in St. Paul, MN & both of parents have always sparked the artistic flame in me from early on. I remember seeing charcoal drawings my Dad did for my Mom in their room growing up, and my Mom has always been awesome at crafts. She always made our Halloween costumes and decorated our bedrooms with us.  Then in high school I had a great art teacher, and he really got me to come out of my “shell” as I was always very shy at school. I found a love of painting and I started to think about a career in the arts.

I have always loved my city life in St. Paul, but I took a brief break from living here to attend UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI and I loved learning there! I had great professors and I pushed myself harder than I ever had before creatively. In 2009 I received my Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

During college I worked for JCPenney in Maplewood, MN in their window treatment department helping clients select custom and ready made window treatments. As I worked there, I also helped out in their home furnishings and visual departments,  setting up and organizing store displays. After graduation I started working for California Closets in Edina, MN. I started as a client liaison in their design showroom and was promoted to Studio Manager and then took on more business development projects for the company as well. I am hopeful to continue to stretch myself creatively in my future career.

In 2012 I moved to my DREAM apartment on Cathedral Hill in St. Paul after a pretty devastating break up. Since then I’ve been pouring tons of energy into re-connecting with family, friends & my creative self. Planning & decorating for my apartment has led me to want to document & share my projects, which brings me here to you!

Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy!

-Katie

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