We had the good fortune of connecting with Katherine King and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Katherine, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I would say the most important factor behind the success of my brand would be authenticity. I truly believe that being transparent, authentic, and relatable is what makes me so appealing to most followers & potential clients. It is key that my followers know that there is a real person behind my brand and that I am genuine and approachable. I let my brand speak for itself through real moments because I know how easy it can be to get caught up in comparisons and competition. I believe communicating openly and honestly is valuable, which is why it is so important to not only share my successes, but also my failures. Not everything is perfect and owning a business is not all rainbows and butterflies. It’s hard and not for the faint of heart. I’ll be the first to tell you that it is scary and it has made me doubt myself more times than not. By sharing my imperfections, I gain the trust of my followers which is extremely important to me. Being authentic allows me to share my struggles and accomplishments because If it will encourage someone to pursue their dreams, then i’ve fulfilled my purpose. While this journey has not been easy, I know that I am helping others along the way, which makes being an entrepreneur even more rewarding. If there is one thing i’ve learned through social media, it is to be true to yourself and your brand by posting content that’s honest and thoughtful.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I built King Interior Designs with the belief that beautiful designs and superior quality should be accessible and attainable no matter what the budget and that anyone can achieve their dream home. I am a fourth grade teacher, so I am all too familiar with the word “budget”. When you think “Interior Decorator” you automatically see dollar signs and when my clients think of me, I want them to see possibility. In my case, my business caters to clients that want cost effective, budget friendly decor.  King Interior Designs is known for fun patterns, bold colors, and mixed textures that create a space that is inviting, attractive, and a little out of your comfort zone. I strive to provide a unique, hands-on experience when decorating a clients home. I customize each space that works best for my clients and tailors to each client’s specific needs. With an innate ability to connect with any client, my collaborative design process allows me to produce superior results which reflect my clients’ unique tastes and lifestyles. Being where I am at has not been easy. There has been a lot of self-doubt and insecurities because I was and still am entering uncharted territories. I think that being a “self- taught” interior designer has been my biggest struggle. I went to school for Early Childhood Education, so when I decided I wanted to pursue my passion in interior design, I just knew it would only be a hobby or side hustle….until it wasn’t. People liked what I had to offer and that pushed me even more to step outside of my comfort zone and improve my business plan. I’ll be honest, my friends and family believed in me more than I believed in myself. The scariest part was putting myself out there and being judged for not having a formal education or background in design. I constantly learn from books, podcasts, social media, and the wonderful world of Google. If I don’t know how to do something, I am not afraid to reach out to others in the design field and ask questions. Does it make me vulnerable? Absolutely, but if it will help me become a better designer and benefit my future clients, I will do whatever it takes. I’ve learned through this entire journey that passion will take you further than any degree can and I stand by that. Talent and passion is set apart from knowledge in that it is not a learned behavior, although it can be strengthened and practiced. The Bible tells us that we are all born with distinct talents and gifts that set us apart from each other. When you discover the talents that God has given you and you use them to glorify Him, you will experience a full life!

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I must say, I love where I live! Augusta, GA is such a charming, historic city that offers amazing shopping, fine art, and unforgettable culinary experiences. If my friend was visiting the area, we would start our fun-filled day at Bodega Ultima located in Surrey Center. I highly recommend the Lox 8.5 and the Cafe Au Lait (drip coffee with steamed milk). We would then shop at some locally owned boutiques- ONE, Soho, and Shoes at Surrey just to name a few. Next, we would make our way to downtown Augusta and take a walk down the Riverwalk & visit the Morris Museum of Art. The museum is conveniently located right on the Riverwalk, so it’s easy to combine your Riverwalk stroll with a stop in to see some art. For lunch, I would highly recommend French Market West. Their Seafood Pasta and Peanut Butter Pie are a crowd favorite! Post lunch activities would include customizing a candle at Augusta Candle Co., getting a pick-me-up coffee at New Moon Cafe, and vintage shopping downtown. After a long day of sightseeing, there’s nothing quite like kicking back with a cold one at the Riverwatch Brewery. They have games to play, limited release brews, and you can bring your pup! For dinner, you can’t go wrong with Abel Brown. Their Johnny Cakes, Oyster Rockefeller, and Golden Beet Salad are my top choices and of course any cocktail from the menu will hit the spot! And to end our eventful day, we would close the night at the Boll Weevil Cafe with a slice of Tropical Dream cake and an Espresso Martini.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that have impacted me and my journey as an entrepreneur. To start, my mom and two sisters, Becky and Sally, have been my cheerleaders through it all. They believed in me before I even believed in myself. They are my mentors and give me feedback that is imperative to growing a business. My fiance, Ryan, pushes me every day to better myself and my business. He is also the best (free) assistant a business owner could ask for. He never hesitates to go on site visits, transport furniture, or run errands with me. But most importantly, he encourages me to never be complacent in my business and pushes me to challenge myself daily. Then there’s my girl gang, the ones that support me, motivate me, and help me through every aspect of life. Molly, Meredith, Keziah, and Shannon, thank you for the much needed wine nights and all the love and support you have shown me over the years!

  

Website: www.kinginteriordesigns.com

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kinginteriordesignsaugusta/

Image Credits
Photography: LightWeight Photography & High Cotton Photography

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