We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Butchko and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kimberly, you love what you do. It’s clear to anyone who knows you. Why and what about your work do you love so much?
I love what I do as an interior designer because I get to immerse myself in a world of beauty. The curve of an arm chair, the texture of a fabric, the shine of polished marble, the color of a wall that makes your heart happy. How can I not get excited in being the one who gets to choose all these wonderful elements to tell my clients’ story? What I love most about designing is creating beautiful spaces that speak to my clients. Beauty truly is in the eye of beholder. I enjoy taking their idea of beauty; what speaks to their way of life, what nurtures their creativity, what feels safe and calming to all members of the family and interpreting that into design. It’s not just about beautiful things but how they reflect the personality of my clients. I experience so much joy when my clients walk in and say, “Yes – this is Home!”
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey in interior design started over 25 years ago. It’s my passion and although it’s been a long and winding process of learn, practice, refine, and repeat, I wouldn’t change a thing. Design has given me a voice, an outlet for my creativity and a career all in one. . Design is part of my DNA. I was drawn to it at an early age and really can’t imagine life without it. Being able to share my love of interior design with my clients and create beauty is what it’s all about!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
For breakfast with a view, Malibu Farm Restaurant/Cafe and walk the pier and beach Do some shopping at the 3rd street promenade and Abbot Kinney and then afternoon tea with a view at Shutters’ Living Room. The garlic knot at Milo and Olive is scrumptious. So many fun foods at the Smorgusberg! Visit Hollywood, catch a performance at Pantages or concert at the Orpheum (great architecture!) and eat at Wood and Vine. Visit the observatory! Tour the LACMA, photo op at the Urban Light installation and then eat at the Wilshire food trucks. Sip wine at Stone Haus in Westlake Village or book yoga and wine at Malibu Wine Safari. Take a trip over to Catalina Island. Hit the Rose Bowl flea market. So many things to do in this great city!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate this shoutout to my family. My wonderful husband who always listens to me and helps me see things from a different perspective. And my beautiful daughter who inspires me to look for beauty in all things, big or small.