with Natalie Of­fi­cer

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NO: 'Twas re­ally an or­ganic blend, and that al­ways works the best.

Our part­ner­ship came or­gan­i­cally from the design and devel­op­ment of the cus­tom­iz­a­ble Cafe line, de­vel­oped in­ter­nally by Mag­gie Ballinger. What we have ex­pressed in our brand iden­tity was de­sir­able to the con­cept, and we were hon­ored to be con­tacted to par­tic­i­pate as the de­sign­ers of the Matte Black Kitchen for Cafe.

The cop­per hard­ware was a driver of course, but re­ally we sim­ply took our vibe and par­layed it into "life­style" influences. The venue and map of New York City and the Bon Ton tile hand-made in Min­nesota gave a won­der­ful splash of ac­tiv­ity in the space. We cou­pled it with the use of Ma­haram fab­rics and the mix of forged cop­per, linen, and hand thrown ce­ram­ics on

the ta­ble.

Of course the Lu­cas Pete light­ing made our heart skip a beat.

AM: The space you cre­ated was stun­ning. Can you tell us about the tiles, coun­ter­tops etc that were in your space as you had so many sto­ries that re­ally brought this to life.

NO: It is part of our brand to uti­lize small brands, started con­cepts, and to work with peo­ple who still an­swer the phone. We uti­lized Cae­sar­stone and the nat­u­ral deep emer­ald Nu­valato stone as our coun­ter­top sur­faces, and built in the cop­per Rohl sinks, pair­ing them with the beau­ti­ful and at­tain­able faucets from Cincin­nati's own Sig­na­ture Hard­ware. Each piece and place­ment from the tile to the ta­ble scape, thought through col­lec­tively

col­lec­tively by our team. I spent al­most 8 hours piec­ing to­gether the mu­ral wall, know­ing each tile and tone was in­te­gral to high­light­ing the items.

A list of ven­dors used in the space:

Ma­haram Fab­ric He­len Levi Ce­ram­ics Crate & Bar­rel

Bon Ton De­signs Tile Sig­na­ture Hard­ware Rohl Home

Haute Liv­ing

Lukas Peet Light­ing Wil­liams-Sonoma Food52

The Shel­ter Col­lec­tion In­dus­try West

Yield Design

Sertodo Cop­per

AM: Are there any celeb projects or large prod­ucts that are pub­lic that you’d be able to share that you have worked on?

NO: In true cre­ative fash­ion, we trip over the word celebrity. As we treat each of our clients with very high re­gard, and are am­bi­tious about mak­ing them feel like a true celeb. Rec­og­niz­able names? Per­haps not. But, our lo­cal cof­fee go to, Please and Thank You, has hon­ored us with design part­ner­ships on two shops. Cer­tainly eye candy for the masses to view. Julie Met­zinger, a dream client, is prob­a­bly our fa­vorite celebrity home fea­tured to date. Our vi­sions res­onated so much she ended up join­ing our team. We are break­ing the mold here in Ken­tucky and hum­bled by the work com­ing to us from across the coun­try.

AM: In LouisvillE, wHErE woulD wE finD you grab­bing a bite/cock­tails, work­ing out and shop­ping?

NO: The bright and clever cafe Naive, con­vers­ing with artists and mak­ers at our Hope Mills stu­dio space, get­ting pizza at Moz­zaPi, spin­ning records and grab­bing cook­ies at Please & Thank You, lo­cal vibes at Bean cof­fee shop, look­ing through thrifts and an­tiques at Mell­wood (when we’re not driv­ing out­side of town to se­cret lo­ca­tions), cel­e­bra­tion din­ner and drink at Butcher­town Gro­cery and Lola, Circe + SWAG for gifts for our­selves and oth­ers, EP Tom Sawyer State Park for running on lo­cal lime­stone.

AM: As a wife, work­ing mom and a busi­ness owner, how do you take time for your­self?

NO: My stu­dio time is my "me time". Lov­ing my work is re­ally some­thing ther­a­peu­tic to me. Oth­er­wise... sleep.

AM: How do you give of your time from a phil­an­thropic stand­point?

NO: Re­la­tion­ship and com­mu­nity are built through ser­vice, and be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of kind­ness and oth­ers gen­eros­ity in our own lives, hum­bles you to the im­por­tance. It is im­por­tant to our team to work with non­prof­its and phil­an­thropic forces. We are excited to be part­ner­ing with the lo­cal Fund for the Arts for their spring fund raiser, through our design work. Our long time re­la­tion­ship with friend and founder of Hope Scarves, Lara MacGre­gor, has helped to yield per­sonal growth as well as mis­sion growth in the or­ga­ni­za­tion. They are now a ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to Me­tastatic Breast Can­cer Re­search in our lo­cal area, and na­tion­ally. What is good for the soul is good for oth­ers.


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