Meet JNS: Kayla McVey, Interior Designer

Meet JNS: Kayla McVey, Interior Designer

Please extend a warm welcome to JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE’s newest interior designer, Kayla McVey! 

Kayla brings more than five years of design experience to the team. She believes the best part of interior design is creating a space that stems from user experience. Aligning with JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE’s focus on Pragmatic Beauty, Kayla enjoys creating spaces that are simultaneously solution-based, functional and beautiful. With her experience in restaurant, retail and boutique hotel design, Kayla is the perfect addition to our team. 

In Kayla’s own words:  

Why did you join JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE? 

First, I wanted to be a part of the amazing projects that this firm has in the works. Second, JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE embodies a hands-on culture where everyone is truly integrated within a project’s design process from kick-off to grand opening. There is a significant storytelling experience within JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE’s processes that clients, designers and architects are all engaged in, and it creates a fire in everyone’s bellies. I also appreciate the team dynamic here – their passion, and their message: Designing with Pragmatic Beauty. It directly aligns with what I have believed in since I wanted to be an interior designer at 8 years old.

If I weren’t an interior designer, I would be… 

A professional beach bum, living on an island where I could receive Blue Apron shipments… possibly being the proud owner of a taco stand. That, or a computer programmer. The future is in technology, and there is no shortage of opportunity and need for creativity in the tech world. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

‘If you’re passionate about something, go for it, because people are great at what they love and that’s when they’re the happiest.’ It sounds like common sense, but it’s so true. When we are passionate about what we do, and we love what we’re doing, the fruits of our labor become obvious – and we are happier because of it.  

What is the best thing about Colorado? 

I truly love the fact that I can unplug and immerse myself in a haven of mountain ranges and rocky trails at a moment’s notice. Some people have to plan vacations to see what is in our backyard. I feel so lucky to be here. It’s not uncommon for me to drive to the top of a mountain after work to see a sunset. 

What is your background? 

I have worn several hats in my past five years as a designer. I began working in healthcare, and systems furniture and workplace design at the ‘Furniture Capital of the World’ in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Shortly after that, I moved to Colorado with my husband and began working at an urban and interior design firm, where I found my true passion for hospitality design. Over the past three years, I have primarily worked on restaurants, bars and hotels, and have absolutely loved it.