Ever since I can remember, I have been building things out of found objects. Creating pieces out of stuff other people call junk. I grew up on a small farm in North Dakota, so always had access to wood, metal, and other discarded materials. I love to find an excuse to build something with bits and pieces others have thrown away.
I have an Art undergrad degree and an Organizational Leadership Masters. The perfect mix of right brain and left-brain.
I lived in Minneapolis for over a decade and never ran out of sources of inspiration for great projects. I own a beautiful 1918 Sears Roebuck box bungalow in Minneapolis that I currently rent out. I spent four years remodeling the house to better reflect the 1918 character. It would be safe to say that over 75% of the items in the house were built from re-purposed materials.
Two years ago, I started blogging about my DIY projects after months of urging from family and friends. This blog began as an outlet for fun projects I was working on. In December of 2012, I moved to the DC area for my fiance’ s work. Before moving East, Wan-Ling and I made one last trip to my parents’ farm in North Dakota. On that trip we spent an hour in the frigid 100-year-old barn sorting through wood for our future farm table. We moved the wood 1,369 miles to our new home.
Wan- Ling urged me to post the finished table on Craigslist. I did and very quickly received over 45 emails. That North Dakota farm table is what started it all! I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful couple that let me use their amazing workshop free of charge. The demand for my tables quickly grew faster than I could build alone. At the time I was working for Habitat for Humanity. One of my coworkers, Caitlin, showed me her fiance’s carpentry portfolio. I was blown away. In the late summer of 2013, Bryan and I met and decided to have a few build days to see how we worked together. One thing led to another, and Kurtz + Atkins Design was founded in the fall of 2013.
You can explore our growing business at KurtzandAtkins.com. We are still in the process of launching and add stock almost daily, so please check back often!
Cooking is one of my other passions. If I’m not working on a DIY project, there’s a good chance I’m in the kitchen cooking, roasting coffee, or making Greek yogurt.