Kathryn S. Long, ASID
What started this long and successful career? Kathryn has an early memory of her home burning to the ground on Christmas Day, in 1953. The four-year-old girl was held by a fireman that day, and she remembers the family salvaged a set of building blocks for her to play with.
From that she progressed to drawing house plans on church bulletins. It seemed natural to major in interior design at East Carolina. After education, travel abroad, and work in New York, she returned to Asheville to set up shop in the back corner of Sluder Furniture Company, a fixture of downtown Asheville since 1905, which her parents had bought in 1964. Ray and Sarah Long encouraged their daughter to open her own shop, Ambiance Interiors, in 1977.
Kathryn has been helping people nest in their homes for over 35 years. “I love what I do,” she says. “When I help create a space, it’s going to be comfortable and welcoming.” Her specialities are new construction and renovation, working with clients and architects from drawings to finished product. “I function well as part of a team on such projects,” she says. “We get to ask all the appropriate questions before anything is built, which helps avoid mistakes and produces a high-quality environment for the client.”
- B.F.A., East Carolina University, Interior Design
- M.A., University of Georgia, Art History
- Passed NCIDQ qualifying exam in 1977, becoming the first professional ASID member in Asheville
- Lived and studied in Paris
- Lived and worked in New York
- Winner of 13 awards for Design Excellence from Carolinas Chapter, ASID
- Winner of 2006 Dora Gray Designer of Distinction Award from CCASID
- Travels in France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Israel, Turkey.
Linda Constable was born in Reidsville NC, but might as well be a mountain native. She has lived in the Asheville area since the 1970’s.
A graduate of Haywood Community College, she has worked at Ambiance Interiors since January of 1979. During those years she has done it all – serving as salesperson, Kathryn’s assistant, buyer, floor display manager, receivables manager, drapery installer, and interior designer. Linda is a fun-loving, caring person whose aim in design is to make people comfortable, happy, and proud to use the products of their collaboration.
In addition to having 30 years of experience with every aspect of the business, Linda has a warm southern style which puts everyone at ease. Read more about Linda in two of our newsletters, Farmhouse Chic and Before and Afters.
Design Is in Her Blood
Tessa Eaton, our project manager, design office coordinator, and general all-around assistant to Kathryn, spent her early years in Denmark. Her great-grandfather was an architect. She also has a cousin who is an architect, and comes from a family who owned a chain of home goods stores. You might call her a “Danish Modern” woman.
Her family moved back to the United States when she was eight. A couple of years later her aunt gave her a book about Frank Lloyd Wright, which she wore to shreds.
She tried other career paths—for a time ran a custom framing shop—but found interior design through the ASID website and went back to school in that field, graduating from Western Carolina University.
- She is an Allied member of ASID and will soon take the qualifying examination.
- She is married and has two children.
- In her spare time she skates with the Blue Ridge Rollergirls.