Simply Beautiful Spaces – Who What & Where

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Simply Beautiful Spaces!

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

This Memorial Day we’ve chosen to honor our veterans past and present and their legacy, by sharing a special tribute to a very special retailer, Kathryn “Kate” Koch, owner of  Simply Beautiful Spaces, Stafford, Virginia.  Kate is an exceptionally talented decorative artist, as well as retired military and a disabled veteran, who was injured in the line of duty.  Kate served in the United States Air Force and contracted for the United States Marine Corps and we are very proud to have her represent American Paint Company!

Kate Koch of Simply Beautiful Spaces

Simply Beautiful Spaces was created and  founded by Kathryn “Kate” Koch, in August 2007 as a redesign business.  The business was successful enough in it’s first few years that Kate decided two things:  to quit her paying job working for the government and to open a shop.   Her passion and skills for up-cycling furniture and using client’s own art, accessories and furnishings for redesign evolved into a shop that quickly transformed  from being just a design shop offering furnishings and accessories to a boutique highlighting classes and workshops.

Simply Beautiful Spaces

Simply Beautiful Spaces

 

Lincoln's Hat and Amber Waves of Grain finished with Dark Wax

Lincoln’s Hat and Amber Waves of Grain finished with Dark Wax

 

Kate Koch - Simply Beautiful Spaces - Hand painted table

Kate Koch Simply Beautiful Spaces 1

Waistcoat-over-Home-plate-finished-with-Top-Coat-Brown-Glaze-and-Home-Plate-mixed-into-clear-wax.

Kate now refers design clients to other local decorators, and focuses on finding unique items to fill the shop and pursuing her new passion for sharing her skills and knowledge within the community.  Teaching other’s, including her own team, to paint like a pro while having a great time learning, is inspiring.  The growth has exploded within the past year, especially after adding American Paint Company products to her shop.

Shining-Seas-Fireworks-Red-and-Home-Plate-finished-with-clear-and-dark-wax.

Shining-Seas-Fireworks-Red-and-Home-Plate-finished-with-clear-and-dark-wax

 

Lincoln's Hat, Fireworks Red, Born on the Fourth, and Home Plate finished with wax and gold mica

Lincoln’s Hat, Fireworks Red, Born on the Fourth, and Home Plate finished with wax and gold mica

 

Simply Beautiful Spaces - the ladies - L to R Marissa Page, Kate Koch, Karla Gilason, Teri Twigg, Melody Hamlin, Ann Iwancio

Lincoln's Hat over Beach Glass, Dark Wax and Copper Mica

Sack cloth and Dollar Bill finished with clear wax

Kate Koch

Amber Waves of Grain, Smoke Signal, Rushmore, and Home Plate finished with clear wax

Kate hopes to find a larger space in order to increase the workshop and showroom areas.  With her and her excellent team of talent, Simply Beautiful Spaces is a great destination place to shop and be inspired.

All photos courtesy of Kate Koch, Simply Beautiful Spaces

Comments

  1. Dawn Knoderer says:

    descriptions are partially cut from the pictures. Can you tell me the entire description for the buffet with the description “Lincoln’s Hat over Beach (cannot see, then) copper

    • mm American Paint Company says:

      We’re sorry you couldn’t see the description of this beautiful buffet. It reads, “Lincoln’s Hat over Beach Glass, Dark Wax and Copper Mica”.

  2. Nan Bogozi says:

    I have a large oak armoire.the stain is a medium warm brown shade but I would like it darker. Could I use the chalk paint wax(dark) on it to darken? Thanks!

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