What started the long and successful career for this Asheville interior design firm? 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 there, 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, Kathryn 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 thirty years. “I love what I do,” she says. “When I help create a space, it’s going to be comfortable and welcoming.” The specialties of the Asheville interior designer include new construction and renovation as well as working with clients and architects from initial drawings to finished product. “I function well as part of a team on such projects,” she says. “We ask all the appropriate questions before anything is built, which helps to avoid mistakes and produces a high-quality environment for the client.”
Linda Constable is from Reidsville, 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, Linda has worked at Ambiance Interiors since 1979. During that time, 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.
From contemporary to traditional decor, the Western NC interior designers envision and create beautifully appointed spaces.