Birmingham, Ala. (August 2, 2016) – Time for another introduction to one of the newest members of the CMH family!  We are delighted to acquaint you with our very bright and hard-working interior design intern: Katherine Looney.  She took some time to write about herself and her life below. Take a peek!

“I started working at CMH on February 22 of this year.  I am 24 years old (25 in August), and from Decatur, AL!  I studied interior design rather than architecture; however, I became interested in design in general when I realized how much of an impact the space around me had on my mood and feelings.  My parents built our family house when I was around 3 years old, but I remember going to the muddy site and seeing the house in progress which was exciting.  It really is crazy though how much the space you inhabit impacts everything from your health to your mood to your productivity level, and that is where my main interest in architecture and design comes from.  I graduated from Auburn University in 2014, and studied abroad in Italy for three months the summer of 2010. That experience had such a great impact on my life… being able to immerse myself in a new culture, and getting to experience a culture older than our country (not to mention food and wine!) was amazing.

Justin Burkholder, who works at CMH as well, and I have been together almost six years now (It will be 6 years as of September 1st). I enjoy getting outside and taking Baxter (my 4 year-old dog) for walks, meditating and doing yoga, as well as practicing calligraphy and doing generally crafty/artsy things.  My favorite band/music changes all the time but I am currently obsessed with Post Modern Jukebox.  They do covers of popular songs in old styles such as 20s swing or 40s/50s doo-wop – it’s great!  The thing that I like the most about living in Birmingham is that there is so much to do – places like Red Mountain Park are a great get-away on the weekends. Only complaint I have is that there are no Krogers (sorry Publix)!  So far my favorite thing about working at CMH is that it feels like a family… being a smaller firm helps you to create relationships with everyone you are working with on a daily basis.”

Welcome to the CMH community, Katherine!