photo8.2_purple frameMy name is Kelly Porter and I’m a design entrepreneur and writer.

Based in the Washington, DC area, I’ve been in the design business for 20 years, and before that I worked in the fields of journalism and public affairs.KPorter_office_slider

I’m best known for the colorful design I created for my home office  — a space I called my ‘Mom Cave.’  It received national media coverage after being featured in The Washington Post and on Apartment Therapy.  That was a while back, but it spawned a huge design movement with women creating personal spaces and home offices for themselves that are feminine, pretty and artistic.

Through my eDesign service Design Take-Out, I create color schemes and design plans for clients outside of the DC area.  My color and design projects include residential interiors and exteriors, and commercial spaces which include restaurants, a bakery and a spa.  I’ve also designed four room-makeovers for The Washington Post’s House Calls Column.

In addition to my design business, I’m a freelance writer.  You can find my articles and stories on the popular website and on Sherwin-Williams’ website, STIR.  Currently, I’m writing a historical, creative non-fiction book.

I’m married to an amazing husband (25 years!) and we have three incredible sons who are all in college.

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