Cheryl Ruetten got her start in design while in Baltimore where she earned her National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ.) While still attending college for her degree, Cheryl started working for Nancy Foreman Design now known as NFD Inc. At NFD Inc., Cheryl worked on commercial design, specializing in space planning and construction documents for offices. Through hard work and a strong reputation with her clients, Cheryl was promoted to Vice President of NFD Inc. However, while living and working in Baltimore Cheryl met her husband, Greg, who was on active duty in the Coast Guard.
After moving to Virginia Beach with her husband and infant son, Cheryl started working for Rodriguez, Ripley, Maddux, and Motley Architects as a Senior Interior Designer. The main project Cheryl worked on during her time as RRMM, was a renovation of the Noncommissioned Officers Club, which had previously been destroyed by a hurricane at Langley Air Force Base. While living in Arizona Cheryl’s love for crafting and creating beautiful art led her and her husband to open a pottery studio, Glazin’ in the Sun, where she helped people create original works of art.
Cheryl, Greg and their sons moved to Southern Indiana in the spring of 2012. Since living in the Greater Louisville area, Cheryl has had several jobs in the area of design including a visual merchandiser at Furniture Row, and a Project Coordinator for Munson Business Interiors. Upon starting at Living Spaces by Lyn, Cheryl is currently working on residential projects but looks forward to getting back to her roots in commercial design for businesses.
Lyn worked many years as a director of sales for the Peabody in Memphis, the Brown Hotel in Louisville, the Loews Vanderbilt and the Hermitage in Nashville and the Aspen Meadows in Aspen, Co.
After more than 20 years in the hotel business, Lyn was ready for a new adventure and connected with a friend in Nashville to design and build a state of the art pet boarding facility. Lyn pulled together her hotels skills, customer service skills and her interior design capabilities to design and built the Farm at Natchez Trace. At the same time, several of Lyn’s own residential renovation projects were being showcased by local home tours. So after several successful years, Lyn sold her interest in The Farm to her partner and moved back to Louisville to follow her dream in residential design.
Louisville has always held a special place in Lyn’s heart. Upon her return, she bought and renovated a condo building in the Cherokee Triangle. Shortly after, she invested in a national design and décor business and continued to build an additional vertical design business.
By 2012, Lyn was ready to embark on her best investment: herself. Living Spaces by Lyn was born.Living Spaces by Lyn has seen meteoric growth in the past two years with projects ranging from color selection and furniture placement to a full-blown renovation of an entire floor. Most recently, she has worked on condos for international clients and is currently working with a local architectural designer to update and furnish the C-Net Smart House in Goshen, Ky. As her business has grown, so have her diversity and her client base: Realtors, builders, individuals living in the US and abroad.
She loves color and trends. Setting the tone in a space is one of her favorite pastimes. She also likes to think about how a room is used when embarking on a new design challenge.
Karen feels a home should reflect the owner’s interests and be a relaxing refuge from the rest of the world. She shares Lauren Liess’ opinion, author of Habitat, “Decorating is about envisioning how people will wake up, perform daily routines, cook, eat, be with loved ones, party, relax, work, play… it’s about living.”
She was a Design Specialist at Pottery Barn and worked a brief time at Stag & Doe for the Modern Home. There she honed her skills in furniture placement, fabric selection and creating the right mix of elements to give a home that “just right” feel.
Before falling in love with home interiors she spent 14 years in public relations at Chase Bank and Family & Children’s Place before taking time out to have children. While her children were young she was a substitute teacher at St Francis Preschool. There she learned the subtle art of patience and letting things flow.
Karen lives with her husband, two children and a dog named Oliver.
Kim Falvey was born in Louisville Kentucky, but as an adult left to follow her husband’s career between 1986-2012. In 2005, Kim earned her Associates Degree in interior design from Waukesha Technical College in Waukesha Wisconsin.
Kim has worked in all areas of design, with a strong focus on residential renovation design.
Kim is married and has two adult children, Patrick and Grace. She also has three furry children, Abbey, Harry and Jake.
Kim’s interests (besides design!) include spending time with family and friends, travel, and collecting, creating and repurposing furniture and home goods.
Interior Designer, Home Stager & Organizer
“As an Interior designer I love to lead clients to their goals and visions. Listening to client’s personal stories, needs and wants are the big inspiration for the transformation. Making an impact in people’s lives, whether it be where they live, work or play is so fulfilling. From new construction to a 100-year-old home there’s a story to tell and we’ll tell it! I love all aspects of design, but I really love demo day in renovations and remodels! Out with the old and in with the new. As a stager, it’s gives me joy to help declutter, organize and stage the home so the homeowner & realtor receive the best offer possible and quickly. ”
Michelle graduate from Sullivan College of Technology and Design in 2005. Prior to working at Living Spaces, Michelle was a designer at a local window treatment & upholstery company as well as a custom home organizing company. Michelle was born in Florida yet considers herself a Louisvillian. Michelle is married to her super smart and funny husband Larry. Their two beautiful daughters keep her busy with lacrosse, cross country, track and a small baking business. Michelle likes to spend any down time at the lake, with family and friends, laughing and making memories.
Kristin is a Louisville native and graduated from the University of Louisville in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History.
Prior to coming to Living Spaces, Kristin managed a large scale luxury apartment community, was an Office Manager for a local custom drapery manufacturer and was a Manager/ Bookkeeper for a local oriental rug boutique. Kristin believes ‘Let the beauty we love be what we do’.
In her free time, Kristin can be found renovating her St. Matthews home with her husband and daughter or dining at one of Louisville’s amazing local restaurants.
Expert Psychological Stager
Jill’s career path started in education and social services. An empty nest and milestone birthday led to a new adventure in the world of staging and design. Jill received her Expert Psychological Stager certification and is studying Interior Design at the New York Institute of Art and Design.
“I love meeting with people who are preparing sell their home. The process of accentuating features, creating focal points and enhancing emotional attachment for potential buyers is very rewarding! I also love meeting with people to design and create spaces they love. Having a home harmoniously and beautifully meet a client’s needs is such a joy!
Jill loves spending time with her family and little dog, Benny. Her interests also include hiking on the many beautiful trails in the area, reading a great book, dining out at a locally owned restaurant and a fun DIY project.