We’re continuing with our series featuring some of the creative people that we know. Every Tuesday we will introduce them as they share with us the ten things they can’t live without. Today we are introducing our dear friend (of derek) best friend (of catharine) and aspiring interior designer / grant winner / historical preservationista, Kate Haenchen [@denakate].
Location: Lubbock, TX
More than anything else, my Savior sustains me. I serve a “compassionate and gracious God; slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving of wickedness, rebellion and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7). Though I’m a constant failure and a hypocritical representation, my life is littered with evidences of Christ’s presence.
My family and friends mean the world to me. I have some of the most coveted parents on earth who love my friends deeply, support me wholly and are the best marital example I’ve ever witnessed. My brother is everything to me – we are the perfect balance as siblings. He is my best friend, life coach, and biggest fan. When friends enter my life they become family. That being said, I LOVE my friends. Majority of closest friends are scattered all over the world, but distance makes us wise and gives us an excuse to travel. I love people in general and still love to make new friends – YAY!
[three] culture & history
History has always been interesting and eye-catching to me and was highly discussed in our home. Having traveled and moved a lot during my childhood allowed me the exposure to extreme cultural diversity at a young age. Now, I crave to explore new cultures and cultural phenomena. I’m just lucky enough that culture and history play a huge role in my profession and field of study.
[four] exact-ness? exact-ivity? exact-itude?
Many a time I have been accused of having OCD. I like to think of it as an intense attention to detail. I’m focused, organized and goal oriented. I carry a measuring tape and a tiny architectural scale in my bag at all times. My calendar exists in way too many forms to disclose for fear of embarrassment. To-do lists are my saving grace.
There is a reason laughter is considered the best medicine. One of the greatest things another can do for me is to make me laugh. I thrive on it. Laughter makes almost any situation light, fun and worthwhile.
Sunglasses are the accessories where I can be a little more daring than normal; which happens to be very tame in comparison to most. I also buy cheap sunglasses because I can’t seem to hold on to a pair longer than a few months or they evolve in the “2000 and late” category. And yes… I wear them at night.
The single greatest and most beautiful thing one can own is a great bag. I live by this principle; probably because I made it up to justify my misunderstood obsession. I fell in love with my first Kate Spade when I was 16 and I never went back. As a designer, it’s hard not to apply the principles of good design to every aspect of your life… and though I don’t live a “designer life”, I like to think of it as well designed.
[eight] music & movies
Movies are my great escape and inspiration, while music is a perfect form of expression. I watch and own more movies than I should and am currently working through the AFI top 100. I also chronicle my life by music. I’m the person who says, “I love this song!” to almost every song… I know it’s annoying. I have a strong appreciation for classics and theory in music, but really, I’m a fan of anything that stirs my soul. It’s art.
[nine] well executed design
I’m referencing the type of stuff that causes one to sigh as they revel in the presence of amazing products, touch a fabric, or experience a space. Design can be life changing even in its smallest forms. Color is one of my favorite passions – I don’t have a favorite one. How do you pick?! Pattern and texture are the subliminal messages of design; they aren’t as readily noticed as color, but they dramatically affect the user. My favorite designers are the people I want to be, naturally. Not only do they change lives through the adaptation of space, they live well-designed lives that perfectly reflect the essence of who they are.
[ten] apple products
Disclaimer: I am not tech-savvy like most members of my generation. That being said, Apple was made for those like me. Also, the products are superior if ever I work on something remotely creative. But the ultimate joy is the ability to sync my trillion calendars and various media that I carry with me everywhere. It makes life so easy. Plus, it’s just a beautiful product. Thanks, Steve.
Stay tuned for text Tuesday when we feature our dear friend and designer/trend follower/80s lover, Chris Davison.
Until next time!
[photo: grand hotel, mackinac island, mi]