Meet the Maker

"I was really excited to work on this project because I had the chance to hand paint some artwork. I love dogs and I have a rescue of my own that I included in this collection."

Christmas Tree Shops’ in-house product designer Kelly got her BFA in Studio Art from James Madison University and continued her studies in graphic design at San Diego City College. Kelly was a west coaster for almost a decade before the N.J. native moved back east and joined CTS. Today her style and aesthetic are influenced by her time in California. She is inspired by modern fashion trends and beautiful typography, but Kelly’s first loves are traditional fine art and hand painting which is why designing the exclusive holiday pet ceramic dinner- and serveware was so special. "I was excited because I had the chance to hand paint some artwork," she says. "I love dogs and I have a rescue of my own that I included in this collection." Kelly explored fun ways to incorporate the holiday theme—like featuring bows and ribbons on the bulldog’s head.

Kelly also enjoys designing paper goods since she can experiment with trend-forward icons and typography. "And, I loved designing the Jersey Shore melamine collection for 2019 and 2020," she says. "I’m usually the go-to girl when it comes to beachy projects because of where I grew up. The Jersey shore is very special to me."