What do you do when your husband accidentally buys you an embroidery machine?
you learn to sew
It started with a birthday gift…
then one turned to two, ...and three.

so you find yourself using your background
in interior design to create a line of
pillows and home décor

modern handmade goods
that is what
Desmond Brown Design
is all about. Fun and nostalgic,
but with current colors and themes,
these pillows want to
Think of them as a little less
“I need a pillow for my couch”
and more like
“that is my Mom’s favorite saying!”


about the designer, Kelly Desmond

I N   T H E   M I X 
I love contrast.  It seems like parts of my life are always in great contradiction
with each other, always mixing things that don’t seem to belong together.  I’m a little bit city, my husband is a little bit country.  I love that my grandmother's footed crystal bowl sits beautifully atop my modern sideboard.  I’ve been a designer for over 15 years, and that constant study in contrasts undeniably translates into my finished products.   
A touch of whimsy, a bit of contemporary mixed into the traditional, a scarlet
stripe layered into a palette of chocolates and creams. It’s what keeps things interesting, and definitely personal.
10  T H I N G S   A B O U T   M E   (that you won't see on my resume)
1.  My favorite dinner is a bowl of Lucky Charms 
2.  My husband proposed while we were planting a tree in the backyard 
3.  I plan my life (in the fall) around the schedule of the Chicago Bears 
4.  I talk to my Mom and my Sister everyday 
5.  I don’t like cheese 
6.  I always cry at the end of Elf when they make Santa's sleigh fly

7.  Both my kids are redheads.  How did that happen? 
8.  I’m a little bit bossy 
9.  I drink iced tea, a lot of it. 
10. My Dad took me on a tour of a Frank Lloyd Wright home when I was six...  the rest is history

the grown up (third person) bio
Discovering an affinity for both leadership and creativity early, Kelly managed visual design for Pier 1 Imports and Marshall Field’s Home Stores.  She then progressed to designing multiple showrooms for Baker Furniture. 
Later, as Manager of the Design Studio for Town & Country Homes and Designer for Hubbard's Home Furnishings, she broadened her experience within the building and custom design industry.  Kelly was also an interiors instructor at the Illinois Institute of Art and is currently teaching at Waubonsee Community College.  
Recognizing her enthusiasm for designing various types of spaces and working directly with clients, Kelly currently enjoys her role as owner and principal designer of Desmond Brown Design.  Kelly earned a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art.  She also completed 5 years in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 




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