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Finding her passion + natural talent at a young age, Katie toured a handful of interior design schools in highschool before changing course and heading to the University of MN, Duluth and completing her degree then getting licensed in Dental Assisting. "The 4 year interior design programs didn't fit my career path. I had zero intention of working in a corporate  setting so spending 4 years + tons of money on a degree that focused on that felt unnecessary".
With a stable career to support herself, she started purchasing investment-properties. Renovating, perfectly curating each home and then selling it for a profit. A profitable side hustle to her full time job working for 2 fabulous female dentists who had recently opened a new practice. She spent 8 years working for them in pediatric dentistry (watching them kill it as female business owners) before she eventually chose to pursue her dream in interior design in 2010 when she graduated from the the NKBA certified Kitchen & Bath Design program at Century College. A program specifically designed for residential kitchen + bath design. Focusing on drafting, product specifications & cabinet design, she now had the technical skills to accompany the years of on the job design + renovation experience. 
Getting her real estate license shortly after, she combined her knowledge of design and investing to help. clients sell & buy real estate. Licensed with the luxury brand Engel & Völkers, she has won numerous awards and sold millions in real estate for clients and personal investments. She has a niche expertise in helping people find a house in the perfect neighborhood and then renovating it from top to bottom to become their dream home. Katie is extremely knowledgable and experienced in the housing industry as a whole.

In the years following Katie has had the pleasure of being named a top agent by MN Monthly year after year, Staging Instructor for the Preservation Alliance of Mn, competing in a home renovation reality show “Rowhouse Showdown” which aired for 10 episodes on national tv, serving as the V.P of Communications on the NKBA Minnesota board , Architectural Supervisory Committee member in North Oaks and multiple features in local and national publications such as Midwest Home and Kitchen & Bath Business Magazine. She can walk into a room and easily distinguish what it needs to become fabulous. Whether that is tearing out walls or just adding beautiful furnishings.

Mom to 2 littles, food + coupe cocktail aficionado. She resides in Minnesota  with her husband, 2 daughters and English Bulldog, Turtle.

Katie strives for creating a lifestyle. "A lifestyle that promotes ease of daily living and beauty in your surroundings. How to help my clients live their best life is the first thought in the home we find and create. Best said by Coco Chanel “Luxury has to be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury”, my goal is to provide a home that bestows function as well as beauty. Listing, selling or designing a clients home with creativity and competence is of utmost importance in order to help them live their best life.”


KATIE KURTZ

Owner, Principal Designer & Realtor

@adornedhomes

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