About Kentucky Rose Designs
How did I get started?
This one is easy. I fell in love with antique handmade rugs when I was young, thanks to my mother. She toted me into more antique stores, peddler's malls, and thrift stores than I could even begin to count. Why? She loved antiques! All kinds. Our home was full of them (and by full of them, I mean she could practically run an antique store out of her house). Amongst all of the antique furniture, she found rugs too. Lots of them. Some of them so large that we had to put them in a horse trailer to get them home. My father thought she was crazy. I thought she was amazing. And so began my obsession with rugs.
I grew up on a farm in rural Central Kentucky, went to college at the University of Kentucky, met Jordan (the man of my dreams), and graduated with a degree in Equine Science (horse science, pre-veterinary). Soon after graduation, Jordan proposed on the front porch steps of a century-old mansion in Old Louisville, where he lived with my brother and several other college students. Did I mention this house was haunted? Someone actually wrote a book about that house!
Time flew by between the proposal and the wedding, and it was soon April 2015 and the wedding was here! One of my favorite things about our reception decorations were the massive, antique oriental rugs adorning the old concrete barn floor. I mean, what better way is there to “pump up” an old barn for a formal event? Of course, I realize I am quite biased…
After the wedding, we honeymooned at a Sandal’s resort in Jamaica. We highly recommend this place, or any Sandal’s resort for that matter!
Once the honeymoon ended, the excitement was just beginning. We moved our lives out to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for Jordan’s job. My brother had recently also moved out to OKC, and they would be working for the same company. In a new city 12 hours away from the only state you’ve ever called home, it is quite nice having a sibling living nearby! Six months after moving to the new city, we purchased our first home. A 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath 1930’s fixer-upper, we immediately fell in love with the old neighborhood, the original hardwood floors, and the covered back patio. Even with a faded red-turned-orange laminate countertop and matching backsplash, we couldn’t stay away. We moved into the house mid-September 2015. I could finally decorate and do everything that I wanted, exactly how I wanted! After living in apartments for 5 or 6 years, I had waited long enough.
As soon as we knew our closing and move-in date, we picked out our first puppy, a German Shorthaired Pointer. He would be ready to bring home by the time we moved in to the house. We named him Maker (we are from KY, remember? Which also happens to be the home of the majority of top-shelf bourbons, including Maker’s Mark). No, we aren’t alcoholics.
Back to the WHY I started KyRoseDesigns:
Once I started the never-ending design and décor process of our cute little old house, I realized I needed rugs. With all the old hardwood, I knew that vintage rugs would complement the space and my style perfectly. I have a fairly eclectic style, with a hodge-podge of old and new things, and the majority of pieces in my house are either from antique stores, craigslist, Goodwill, or family heirlooms. When I started hunting for rugs, I realized how difficult it was to find them. It now made perfect sense why my mother bought every one she ever came across! I also realized that not only were they difficult to find, but also quite expensive. Yes, I know they are worth every penny, but as a newlywed in a new state and a new home I wasn’t willing or able to pay full price. I asked my mother if I could borrow some of hers that she wasn’t using, and since our house is less than 1300 square feet, we were easily able to fill the rooms with just a handful of her vintage rugs.
Then I had an idea. What if I could find enough vintage and/or antique rugs at low enough prices that I could begin to sell them, at affordable prices, so that everyone else who shared my passion for them could have a few as well? Sure, there are several high-end oriental rug shops in every city, but who doesn’t love a bargain? Enter @KyRoseDesigns, which started on Instagram. Soon after I created the Instagram shop, I opened an Etsy shop as well. Now that vintage rugs are gaining popularity and recognition from big-name interior design companies and decorators, I decided it was time to finally get my rear-end in gear and build a website, so that I could share my passion with even more people, offer affordable vintage rugs to everyone, and incorporate some of my style and personality into it as well.
It is the start of 2017, I am launching the Kentucky Rose Designs website, entering my second semester of nursing school (yes, I love school so I decided to go back), and we at the Rose household are happier than ever. I am finally following my dreams! It is never too late for a fresh start. I will leave you with one of my favorite quotes:
“If it is both terrifying and amazing, then you should definitely pursue it”- Author Unknown.
Gretchen Rose, Owner