Kathy Appel, ASID has a lifetime devotion to interior design! Kathy began to study interior design during high school at Middle Bucks Vocational –Technical School. She graduated from the full time program with awards, one for an internship with Bloomingdales and another for student achievement. Her interior design studies continued at Spring Garden College and Moore College of Art and Design. She maintains professional membership in ASID which requires a commitment to continuing education. Kathy exceeds the required number of courses each year.
Sixteen years managing a large Interior Design and Home Furnishings Center honed her skills. Merchandising responsibilities included purchasing oriental carpets, furniture, art, lighting and accessories for an 80,000 SF showroom. She was tutored by industry experts on how products were crafted, these lessons were reinforced by visiting international showrooms and production facilities. There are many aspects to supervising a large showroom; account management, product distribution, customer service, labor management, and marketing. This experience provided Kathy with a solid foundation, and knowledge to excel at project management.
Projects completed for the Tyler Mansion and Fonthill Castle are among her favorites. Currently she manages her own boutique firm Hearth & Hedgerow Ltd., along with her husband Ken who specializes in landscaping and finish carpentry. Kathy is passionate about Historic Preservation and enjoys period design from the Renaissance to Mid-Century Modern.
- Principal Interior Designer at Hearth & Hedgerow Ltd.
- Professional Member ASID
- NCIDQ certificate holder #23239
- Co- Chair Tyler Restoration Committee - Bucks County Community College
- Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce - Women in Business Committee
- Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce - Architecture & Environmental Committee
- Docent at Fonthill Castle
- Financial Director 2015-16 ASID Pennsylvania East Chapter
- Past President (2012) ASID Pennsylvania East Chapter
- “Access to Design” Newsletter Editor ASID PA East Chapter 2009-2011
IDA 2011 Interior Design Award – Honorable Mention
ASID PA East Chapter Presidential Citation 2011
ASID PA East Chapter Presidential Citation 2010
ASID PA East Chapter Rising Star Award 2009