By Kitty Golding
Kitty & Company will be conducting a series of short interviews with Chelsea Residents for 52 weeks, bringing to light differing personalities and design styles in our community. Perhaps you will meet someone new through these weekly interviews or perhaps it will be YOU! Stay tuned and follow us each week – we now introduce you to Mrs. Denise Martin Rowe.
What is your profession and for how long? I’ve been creating the window design/ displays for Kitty & Company for two years now.
Your family members: My husband John and our 3 daughters (they all live in St. Louis).
People may think of me as creative and confident, but really I tend to be more unsure of myself.
When did you move to Chelsea? Where did you live before moving to Chelsea?
I moved to Chelsea permanently, 2 years ago. I have also lived in St. Louis ( 22 years) and in the Washington DC area (8 years). I grew up in Sterling Heights, MI, however my summers were spent here in Chelsea on Sugarloaf Lake, in our family cottage.
What do you love about where you currently live?
I love the country setting I now have, versus the cities I have lived in for so long.
If you could have a second home anywhere, where would it be?
Hawaii or a European countryside villa.
What three words describe your style?
DIY, Shabby Chic and Crafty.
Who or what do you believe influenced your style the most?
My mother – she was a crafter. I also love looking at magazines and Pinterest.
As you think about the home in which you grew up, what elements did you like and do you think you have incorporated some of them in your own home?
Growing up, our home always had a comfortable and welcoming feeling. I think I have done that but in a very different style.
What is one trend in design you do not like?
Have you stayed true to a style through the years, or have you changed your ideas about what you like at various times?
I have found that I have changed my styles throughout the years.
What is the one biggest interior design issue you struggle with?
Being that we live in a cottage, my biggest challenge is space and using it wisely.
If you were moving and could only pick one item from your home to keep, what would it be and why?
An antique door I have displayed because it has a lot of detail and character.
No room is complete without:
Three things- a nice rug to add color and style, lamps for ambience, and artwork for finishing touches.
If you are a pet owner, how has that influenced your choices in design, if it has?
Durability and washable items are what we strive for when possible.
I am an admitted collector of items.
A few of your favorite things!
A few things to get to know you better
Favorite Historical Place You Have Visited:
St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy
Favorite Song, Artist or style of Music:
I love all love all types of music depending on the mood I’m in that day
Trio of shrimp scampi, crab and lobster
Favorite Travel Destination On Your Bucket List:
An African Safari
Favorite Things to Collect:
National Art Museum in Washington D.C.
Gardening, Chickens and Crafts
Dogs, cats and chickens!
Kitty’s note: Denise and I met shortly after she moved to Chelsea and I was impressed with her ability to create and craft. She has made our windows in the Sylvan Building burst with color, various themes, seasonal décor and more. This year, we are doing a series in the element of repetition. Denise just changed the theme for Spring- right before the lockdown order was in effect. They will brighten your mood when you see them, so please take a walk down Main Street and admire her work. It’s still OKAY to walk outside and get some fresh air and exercise.