Can you think of something cooler than a girl who knows her way around a pile of wood and scrap metal? Meet Kelly DeWitt, the stunner behind KKDW - a furniture company that focuses on simple lines, natural wood, and American design. We get a chance to ask her a couple questions about her work, plants, and being a boss.
Can you tell us about what you make and what you’ll have at Feliz?
I’m a furniture builder who also makes smaller pieces for the home. I work with solid woods and steel, and incorporate a lot of plant life into my designs. For Feliz, I’ll be bringing along some of my walnut & steel mirrors and stools, and will also have a smorgasbord of my welded plant stands with special pairings of some unique & beautiful plants so folks can bring home their stands with a new flora buddy. I’ll also be debuting a few pieces that will only be at Feliz—so y’all come visit!
What does it feel like to be a wood-cutting, torch wielding, furniture making, rad lady in an industry of mostly dudes?
Literally, it feels very sweaty and dusty, but really that is the greatest feeling in the world. Every day I get to build furniture that I’ve dreamed up, which I absolutely recognize as a special thing. Austin has an amazing and supportive community of builders and makers, so creating my work and being the best business owner I can be doesn’t seem like something I have to prove to anyone; I feel really lucky.
What is your biggest pet peeve in regards to how people buy furniture or decorate their house?
I don’t recall ever feeling actively annoyed inside anyone’s home, but one of the décor movements that I hope continues to gain traction and momentum is folks choosing to invest in key furnishings that are special, built right, and beautiful. Furniture from spots like IKEA, of course, but across the board I believe that everything you bring into your home ought to be chosen purposefully. The inside of a home is a living and functioning thing, and you’ve got to treat it with intentionality.
Does living in Texas have an effect on what you make?
In a lot of ways, absolutely. I feel inspired by the Central Texas landscape and do a lot of sketches while sitting out on my back porch that overlooks vast, unobstructed farmland and a helluva sunset. I live across from the eastern leg of the Colorado River and spend time along its banks when I need to think about a project or clear my head. You can’t beat it. Especially if you bring snacks. But I also think that I could do what I’m doing now in the wild mountains somewhere—which is maybe a little dream of mine.
How many plants are in your house?
29, a number that I’m sure will grow drastically while prepping my plant selection for Feliz.
Photos by Arden