In 2000 Kat took her business north after adding marketing, web development and project management to her education. While in Portland Kat has managed and designed for projects with GE, Nike, Hurley, Target, Farm Aid, Perry Ellis, Janzen Swimwear, Tommy Hilfiger, Disney, The Dussin Group, and a list of residential clientele on the west coast.
Additionally in 2000 Kat founded and was the ordinal director of Portland Female Executives a women’s business organization still in service today and focusing on the education, resources and networking for the advancement of Women in Business in Portland and surrounding areas.Kat received her CCB license in 2007 adding Commercial and Residential General Contracting to her services offered.Also in 2007 Kat started in on the renovation of the prestigious Heathman Hotel and has sense been the lead design studio creating custom signature suites, custom fixtures and full Tea Court, Library, Loft, Employee Lounge, and 150 guest room renovation. Kat is also currently working on several luxury Portland home renovations at the same time designing and producing the beginning of her own line of furnishing and lighting specifically for the hospitality and luxury market.
Detailed design consultation, design boards, colors, fabrics, surfaces and space planning. Custom designed, case goods, furniture, lighting and surfaces. Detailed line drawings and specification. Sustainable design.
Tight planning and tracking or timelines, budgets, vendors, contracts, materials, scheduling, permits, storage, recycling,
Working with architects, engineers, building and city officials, vendors, manufactures, designers, off site storage, delivery, transportation and installation management.
Case goods, Lighting, Upholstered Goods, Tile, Drapery, Flooring, Artwork, Seating, Wall covering, Bedding,
Purchasing consultation, materials, Product manufacturing and/or vendor sourcing including negotiations, contracts, quality control and delivery.
"I have been fortunate enough to monopolize the tremendous design and business talent of Kathryn (“Kat”) James and Bluevine Studio for the past seven years prior to the recent sale of the hotel in late 2014 for $64.3 Million. While working with me at The Heathman Hotel, Kat managed the majority of the interior and case good design as our vendor of choice. She was responsible for the design and creation of custom fixtures, FF&E packages, textiles, upholstery, custom doors, lighting upgrades, sculptures, murals, and way finding signage. Kat offered turn-key design/build/installation solutions for multiple projects including guest rooms, public spaces, public restrooms, team member break-rooms, guest room drapery, and custom artwork. The Heathman Hotel owes a great deal to her talent for it’s stylish sophistication and guest experience success. public restrooms, team member break-rooms, guest room drapery, and custom artwork.”Chris Erickson (General Mnager, The Heathman Hotel)
“Kat James is a top notch designer, she has a great eye for color, composition, and structure. Her design sensibilities and intuitive talents are truly exceptional.” Ed Anderson (Luxury Residential Client)Ed Anderson (Luxury Residential Client)
“Kathryn is a remarkably talented design and construction professional. Her work product is distinctive, and conveys a unique combination of both luxury and flair--we have both utilized and recommended her many talents on high-end residential and commercial projects, and would do so in the future without hesitation.”Mike Lavigne CEO/Principal Broker at MLRES, Inc.
“She amazed me with her well rounded knowledge of commercial & residential interior design and construction on each occasion. It was nice to discover a one stop shop for both an innovative interior designer and general contractor where her creative concept wasn't lost in translation between an idea and the lay of a brick.” Bryan Meyer (Residential & Commercial Client)Bryan Meyer (Interior Design Client)
“Working with Kat has been fun. After an initial discussion, she pretty much ran with it. She had a grasp of the elements of symphonic music and knew what she wanted to capture about our organization. It was easy from my end. We had a fun discussion about how to convey the energy of the symphony.”Jessika Allen, Oregon Symphony
Bluevine Studio LLC is finally accepting new projects! Yay! Looking forward to hearing about yours.