KC Barkley

KC BarkleyKC was born in W Bridgewater, Massachusetts. She graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and studied art and architecture in Italy. She has been a resident of Florida since 1983. KC has been the recipient of numerous design and marketing awards for the past 30 years.

 

 

Her designs have been featured in several magazines including:

Architectural Digest Vero Beach Magazine
Florida Design Tropical Homes
Spectacular Homes Hard Cover Books Vero Home and Design

(Just to name a few)

Model Homes exclusively designed & built by Von & KC Barkley were featured in:
Florida Design Volume 16#3;
Vero Beach Magazine Volume Jan 2006,
Vero Beach Magazine Volume Jan 2010

Projects of Distinction:
Luxury Estates USA, Canada and England;

John’s Island, Florida Trump Tower, New York (residence)
The Carlton, Florida Lakes of Bays, Canada
Palm Island, Florida Door County, Wisconsin
Grand Harbour, Florida The Mandarin, Boston (residence)
Newton, Massachusetts Cashiers, North Carolina
Fox City Performing Arts Center Founders Room, Wisconsin 10 Car Dealerships in Wisconsin

Additional Bio Questions both Personal and Regarding BIDG

Additional Mention?

Largest fabric library on the treasure coast. Over 300 furniture manufactures and antique dealers to choose from. We allow fellow designers to utilize our library and buy from us at trade prices. We have a great support staff or experienced project managers, design assistants, processors and our own warehouse and trucks for speedy installations. My husband Von runs our construction company. They produce beautiful renovations large and small on a daily basis.

Any schooling, accreditation or association memberships?
  • Valedictorian of High School (W. Bridgewater, Mass 1976)
  • Graduated Cornell University 1980 in Design
  • Studied art and architecture in Italy
  • Licensed interior designer, constantly taking ASID approved continuing education classes to keep current.
Best Part of Job

I love meeting such diverse personalities and forming lasting friendships. I especially love to create for them the haven that we all need these days.

Describe your style or design preferences

Any style of Interior can be done beautifully with the right products and attention to detail. I love that tone month that we work on a fun Hampton Beach house design and the next we are doing Country French on a traditional two story estate. Ware are happy to small magical makeovers as well. I let most jobs be client driven- My personal favorite style is clean line upholstery mixed with simple antiques, contemporary and traditional original paintings and Persian rugs. Of course global awareness in the finishing touches for sophistication.

Favorite Compliment

Tears of joy from a client as they walked into their turnkey home as they exclaimed that the look was beyond their expectations and the prettiest home they have ever had. We love a champagne walk thru!

Have you been published in any national or regional publications?

Architectural Digest, Vero Beach Magazine, Florida Design, Tropical Homes, Spectacular Homes Hard Cover Books, Vero Home and Design (Just to name a few)

How long have you been an interior designer/decorator?

30 Years

How long have you lived in this locale? Practiced here?

June 1994 for both

How long with this company or business?

Since 1994

Owners:
KC Barkley (Designer) and Von Barkley (Building Contractor)

My Favorite Color

Copper because it glows and dances in the light constantly changing and evolving into new hues

My friends would tell you

I am a sucker for animals, pure bliss is found there. My two pets are my children.

My Inspiration

I utilize the beautiful pallet of nature from my surroundings in my design work.

What Always works?

A comfortable, eclectic mix of texture, form and materials that calm and excite at the same time. For example neutral clean line upholstery with a mix of Asian antiques, Hand Knotted rugs, contemporary, traditional art and accessories to finish it beautifully.

What do you like most about business in your locale?

The laid back, charming people that it attracts. I also like living in this quiet small town with easy access to larger cities.

What People don’t know

I use to be a choreographer of rock operas, musicals and show bands.

What separates you from your competition?

Barefoot to Black tie-That’s the versatility of a Barkley design. Men and women alike comment that our designs make them want to stay and linger in our rooms-move in just the way it is. Stylish but comfortable to suit them and their family

Who has had the biggest influence in my life?

Pat Murphy, Marie Rosenthal and Wendy Marber, my high school teachers who treated me like an adult and excited me about the arts. Also, my husband Von for pushing me confidently towards new goals and supporting the efforts every step.