ASID, NCIDQ, PRINCIPAL DESIGNER
Emerging over the last decade as a singular force in the flourishing modern Lowcountry design scheme, Kelly Caron has set the tone for a region defined by its elegant luxury homes and stunning commercial spaces. Beyond the borders of the South Carolina Lowcountry, Kelly has earned accolades across the design industry for her informed sense of style and award-winning collaborations with clients, architects and contractor.
Beginning with a degree in technology and design with a major in interior design from Appalachian State University and continuing with education at Boston Architectural College in Sustainable Design, Kelly arrived in the Lowcountry and immediately began setting a new standard. Kelly also successfully passed the NCIDQ and holds her professional ASID. Her captivating designs and unique ability to blend authenticity and natural elements have not only defined the Lowcountry, they have introduced its visual palate as a new vanguard in publications such as House Beautiful, Country Living and Garden & Gun.
Kelly alongside her husband Nate and daughter Emma, enjoy the adventures of the outdoors, art, local events and community involvement.
VP FINANCE – CONTROLLER
Erin is originally from Hilton Head Island and is a Clemson University graduate with a degree in International Business. Erin boasts over 10 years of experience in the accounting and operations side of the interior design business. She handles all the day to day accounting functions and is an integral part of the team. Erin is known for her attention to detail and her role allows her to implement her skills to help build trusted relationships with vendors and clients.
Erin embraces all aspects of Lowcountry living. She loves spending her time away from work with her husband and daughter on their boat exploring the Lowcountry, going to the beach, and playing tennis.
ASID, NCIDQ, DESIGNER
Originally from Mississippi where she received her degree in interior design, Shell Neely returned to the south after starting her design career in the mountains of Colorado. Following a master’s in interior design from Savannah College of Art and Design and NCIDQ and ASID certification, she unleashed her creativity across the coastal Lowcountry and beyond, with projects as far-flung as Cabo San Lucas and Martha’s Vineyard. At each stop, she has transformed high-end residential properties and helped set a new standard as part of Kelly Caron Designs. Described as a “chameleon” by the building professionals she works alongside for her ability to weave together different styles, Shell prides herself on creating an atmosphere truly tailored to the individual client.
She has lived with her husband and two young children in Bluffton for the past seven years, spending time on the water and working together on their Old Town Bluffton home.
Hailing from the northeast, Sara Boyles earned her bachelor’s degree in fashion Merchandising from University of Delaware and Interior Design Studies at the New England Institute of Art, before heading south to attend the Art Institute of Tampa and Savannah College of Art and Design. It was here that she discovered the naturally beautiful colors and textures of the Lowcountry, which has inspired her design since.
With 15 years of design experience, including five with Kelly Caron Designs, Sara delights in finding ways to blend her signature approach with her clients’ own style to create a beautiful and deeply personal design. Her core design aesthetic adapts well to everything from traditional to contemporary design, infusing each with a sense of timelessness informed by her innate sense of style.
When she’s not helping clients achieve their dreams, you’ll find Sara spending time with her husband and three children, Ross, Finn and Sailor.
Hailing from Burlington, North Carolina, Brianna was a welcome addition to the Kelly Caron Designs team. Her interest in interior design began early in her career as she started working with elements of graphic design, art, event planning and product design. Brianna has cultivated her creative love of interior environments by fostering a fascination of technical construction and artistic planning, thoughtful textures, and functional features.
Brianna has a degree in interior architecture from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studied abroad at Ulster University in Ireland. Before relocating to Bluffton, South Carolina, she worked on a variety of projects including space planning and management of various design projects from concept to completion. Brianna was also a North Carolina Congressional Art Winner and winner of the North Carolina Wildlife Artist Calendar where her art was featured.
Brianna is passionate about learning exactly what clients see in the future for their home or work space, she works diligently to seamlessly transition each client’s design. Her eye for design perfectly complements her technical expertise in interiors and personally loves the use of texture and color while, drawing on inspiration from nature.
Growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina, Designer Lydia Lewis was no stranger to the country’s leading furniture market and immersed herself in the design field at an early age. She continued to pursue her love for interiors at The Ohio State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. The focal point of Lydia’s studies concentrated on the use of the elements of design to influence one’s experience and interaction with interior spaces.
Lydia had the opportunity to expand her studies when she interned at IHG, where she worked on multiple large, upscale hotel projects. The experience broadened her knowledge of architecture and design, while allowing her to study the ways in which design evolves in different areas around the world.
Due to her passion for residential design and the outdoor lifestyle, Lydia was drawn to the Lowcountry where outdoor living is synonymous with luxury home design. Her core background inspires her to design diverse aesthetics and implement innovative elements for her clients.
During her free time, Lydia enjoys the outdoors with her mini golden doodle. They frequently split their time exploring the squares of Savannah and boating through the waterways of Hilton Head.
Designer Sarah Wildridge brings more than seven years of Bluffton experience to the KCD studio. Her journey has equipped her with strong connections with local vendors while allowing her to gain a thorough understanding of the critical elements of each project – budgets, timeframes and other insights – which have led to exceptional, innovative design.
A native of Syracuse, New York, Sarah recalls rearranging furniture and sketching design layouts at an early age. “So my passion for interior design has clearly been life-long,” she says. “It’s that commitment to design that brought me to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Drawn by the historic architecture of Savannah and natural beaty of the Lowcountry, Sarah has made the South her home, tapping its natural forms, colors and textures to enhance her interior design skills over the past decade.
Sarah adds, “I’m committed to guiding clients through every phase of the design process, overseeing each aspect with my eye for detail and an artful blending of styles that make each project shine.”
Sarah lives with her boyfriend and dachshund terrier Zeus. Together they enjoy exploring the city and all corners of the coastal Lowcountry.
We’re thrilled to have the talent, expertise and client network that Jupiter designer Kara Koetter brings to our team. A graduate of Florida State University, Kara’s Bachelor of Arts degree evolved into a multi-faceted design career. It all began with staging luxury real estate properties. Further fueled by her studies in interior design, Kara has received prestigious certifications including RESA (Real Estate Staging Association) and NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers).
“I enjoy bringing home spaces to life,” Kara says. “I’m fortunate to share my passion with a network that began with personal relationships.”
Over the past ten years, Kara has leveraged her talent and relationships with the area’s top builders to successfully manage all aspects of design projects, often returning to homes for remodels and additional design consulting with her loyal clients. Kara will guide our Palm Beach Studio projects and continue to build the network she created more than a decade ago.
She and husband, Jonathan, have three children, Dalton, Lennon Grace and Waylon. In her free time Kara loves to be on the water, camping with friends or exploring new restaurants.
DESIGN SELECTIONS COORDINATOR
Ashley James knew she wanted to create beautiful designs when she was just a young girl. Born and raised in the renaissance city of Pittsburgh, PA, she followed her dreams to Kent State University, then proceeded to LaRoche University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.
Now a Lowcountry resident since 2011, Ashley has joined our team with fresh design perspective and a high-energy approach to her clients. When she’s not at the KCD studio, she enjoys time with her husband on their boat, cruising the coastal waterways. Her other interests include cooking and baking for family and friends or curling up with her Boston Terrier, Penny, to watch a movie. Christmas is her favorite time of the year.
Ashley is grateful for the influence of her grandfather, who inspired her design career. She says, “I’m excited to join the dynamic group of designers at KCD and learn from them while I contribute my talent to the team.”
Lindsay moved to the Lowcountry over 16 years ago after receiving her B.A. in Organizational and Interpersonal Communications from Kent State University. She has over 13 years of marketing and construction coordination experience and thrives on using her creative talents to help promote Kelly Caron Designs. In her career, Lindsay has developed and executed several successful marketing strategies, as well as supported several construction projects for large companies. She enjoys following projects from start to finish and creating relationships along the way.
Lindsay is very involved in the community and has a true passion for non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association Education Foundation, United Way of the Lowcountry Women United Steering Committee and has been nominated as a candidate for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Georgia 10th Anniversary 2022 Women of the Year Campaign.
Lindsay and her husband, Brandon love everything Disney, so when they are not working, they are spending time with their pup, Haley and making plans for their next trip to Disney World.
Originally from Buford, Georgia, Kaylee spent her first years of college in Tuscaloosa, cheering at The University of Alabama. She finished out her design degree at The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Furnishings and Interiors and a minor in Housing Management. After graduation, her desire to be near the beach and her love for historic architecture lead her to the charming lowcountry town of Beaufort, South Carolina.
As the Design Coordinator at Kelly Caron Designs, Kaylee is the link between Designers and Design Assistants. Her attention to design details and her outshining skills in the procurement side of the design process allows her to excel in the Design Coordinator position. She is known to her co-workers as a positive and uplifting part of the team and is always eager and willing to learn.
When not at work, Kaylee loves spending time with her two rescue cats, enjoying the history of downtown Beaufort, and relaxing at the beach with her husband.
“Designing spaces to help enhance and create a lasting impression is one of the main reasons I love design,” says Interior Design Assistant Isabella Fredericks. Her hometown is Aspen, Colorado, so most of her life, she’s been surrounded by the resort community lifestyle and the interior design that is synonymous with iconic Aspen venues.
Isabella received her bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the CIID-Accredited Design Program at Colorado State University. Following graduation, she worked in Colorado for 18 months, focusing on hospitality design. This type of design became her passion so when she later relocated to the Lowcountry, she specialized in hospitality design before delving into residential projects with clients.
In her free time, Isabella is committed to health and wellness on a number of levels. She enjoys yoga and is a member of the staff at Hilton Head’s Cycle Bar. She’s also a volunteer at the Dancing Dogs Studio in Bluffton. When she’s not exploring local beaches on foot or by water, she’s traveling. Isabella is intrigued by different countries and cultures, so her bucket list of global destinations is long and diverse!
For design assistant Maty Montoya, design has been a life-long passion matched only by her love of wellness and community. Beginning her design career in Colorado, where she earned an interior design degree at Colorado State University, she focused on hospitality design before making her home in the Lowcountry.
Now, as personal design assistant for Shell Neely, ASID, NCIDQ, she is part of a team that is defining the modern luxurious look of the Lowcountry. “It’s rewarding to work with clients who each have their own vision of home,” she says. “The true prize is transforming their wishes into beautiful custom design.”
In addition to an ingenious approach to design, Maty is fully committed to wellness. As a yoga instructor, she finds joy in guiding students on their journey to greater physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
Design Assistant Gabbie Wolfe arrives at the KCD studio with a unique distinction. Her artwork has been displayed at the Albright Know Art Museum in Buffalo, New York. A native of Buffalo and recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Gabbie’s passion for interior design was inspired by her life-long interest in fine art.
Now that she’s completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design at SCAD, Gabbie says the Lowcountry feels more like home. “I’ve been drawn to the southern charm here, all the pops of color and intriguing details of Lowcountry vernacular.” She’s already an integral part of the KCD team, assisting with multiple client projects, from start to finish.
In addition to her love for design, Gabbie enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, Chloe. She continues to create fine art, now with a new southern backdrop for inspiration.