We understand the very reason for our relationship – your vision – is the foundation of any design solution. We are committed to placing you at the center of our work, first striving for a clear and shared understanding of your individual aspirations and ideals. We then explore the design opportunities from multiple perspectives, always led by principles of sustainable interior design, craftsmanship and integrity. We are modern day alchemists, transforming ideas into spaces that enhance the human experience and positively contribute to the long-term health of the planet. We believe that thoughtful design can make a difference.
Traci Kearns, Alchemy’s founder and principle designer was exposed to great design at an early age, after spending time in Milan, Italy and other design rich cities. Many of her weekends as a child were spent experimenting in her grandfather’s woodshop and with her grandmother designing and making her own clothes. Traci quickly learned that she not only loved but had a talent for combining materials and color, working with her hands, and simply creating.
A graduate of University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Interior Architecture program, Traci’s design approach is influenced by her studies in Finland of modern Scandinavian design and her more recent work in Asia designing for a specialty furnishings company. Traci’s work has been featured in Fine Homebuilding, and she was selected as the interior designer for the 2008 Green Southern Living Idea Home in Western North Carolina, one of the area’s first LEED certified homes. Her professional memberships include the International Interior Design Association and the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.
Celeste has been part of the Alchemy team since 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from NC State University and worked in architecture for over 10 years before coming to Alchemy.
Her role at Alchemy includes floor plan design, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, lighting selection and design, detailed CAD drawings of all of the above, and project management.
In her free time she skates with her roller derby team Blue Ridge Rollergirls and performs with Asheville’s fire performance troupe Unifire Theater.
Emmy joined Alchemy in 2017 as a Design Assistant. Her focus encompasses product specification support, order placement, architectural schedules, and design assistance with all fixtures , finishes and furniture.
She holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, majoring in Industrial Design with a Concentration in Furniture Design. She brings to Alchemy 15+ years of wholesale and retail experience in the Home Furnishings Industry specializing in product development and retail renovations & operations.
Emmy has been in the Asheville area since 2012 and on her free time, she loves kayaking with her two Chihuahua puppies: Chick-Pea and Bonzo Bean as well as hitting up the latest Vegan hot spots with her husband.
Cat has been part of the Alchemy team since 2015. Cat holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Multimedia Arts and Sciences and Interaction Design, and minor in Art. Her professional work includes twenty years in various aspects of management and accounting: working with Architects, General contractors, local start-ups and small business, and not-for-profit business.
As Business Manager of Alchemy Design Studio, her position encompasses all aspects of accounting, accounts receivables and payables, customer service, and human resources.
Cat has lived in Asheville since 2001, and in her free time she spends time with her daughter, seeing live music, gardening, fashion design, sewing and painting. She is also involved in local community, as a former board member of a natural foods cooperative and as a founding and board member at Asheville Homesharing Network.