Author Archives: Kate Joy

Kate Joy


With both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Interior Design, Kate’s passions lie in historic preservation and sustainable design. After graduating from Illinois State University she worked for a residential design firm based in Chicago where she specialized in kitchen and bath design. She then moved to Greensboro, NC to pursue her graduate degree and has since taken up residence in this great state where winter lasts only a few short months.

To contact Kate, call 866.436.8056 ext. 2622.

What are clients saying about Kate?

“Kate was very professional, quick to respond and most important she was very patient with my multitude of questions.” ~Patti B, Ramsey, NJ

“Our Sales Consultant Kate Zylstra was absolutely fantastic. So polite, and friendly, and knowledgeable, and helpful. I will be certain to recommend her to all my friends and family.” ~Stephen Z, Ashburn, VA

“Kate Zylstra was an excellent salesperson. Her communication before I got to the store was superior!” ~Barbara N, Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Couldn’t have been treated any better ~ Kate Zylstra was most patient, courteous and knowledgeable.” ~Joyce B, McGaheysville, VA

“I would like to commend Kate Zylstra for her wonderful help at Furnitureland. She was friendly, professional, had great advice about the different styles of furniture and a wonderful way with people. Thank you Kate.” ~Doris P, Gloucester, MA

“Kate Zylstra was delightful and played a big part in our decision to buy; she is knowledgeable, professional, and focused on the customer.” ~Fred & Olivia, Flowery Branch, GA

Over Winter and Ready For Color!

I don’t know about you, but I am over this winter.  Even here in North Carolina we have been hit with snow, ice, and single digit temperatures (wait, I thought I left Chicago to avoid this weather?). In order to cope with the dreary cold, I’m sharing some of my favorite cheerful interiors. Enjoy {and […]
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Mirror, Mirror {On the Wall}

While furniture is needed in most every space, accessories make the room.  One of the things I love about mirrors in particular, is their ability to reflect light, making a room appear larger, and creating a unique view from multiple angles.  These days, our vendors are designing some great accent mirrors for a variety of […]
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International Furniture Liaison

Did you know that Furnitureland South is the premier destination for shoppers around the world?  Our world-class services do not stop domestically, but travel across the globe, as we assist our clients from start to finish in furnishing their homes.  We provide our clientele with a luxury shopping experience, unlike anything else in the world. […]
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“Baby Got Back”

Don’t ever put these babies in the corner!  There are some chairs that are meant to stand out in the center of your living space.  I just love the attention to detail shown to the back side of these occasional chairs.  Absolutely stunning. Add some pizazz to your next project with a piece that looks […]
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“New Beginnings”

The ringing in of the New Year brings the opportunity for change and growth. Whether it’s a new diet, fresh attitude, or ambitious career goal, many feel January is the perfect time for change. We frequently see change within the furniture industry, in the form of new styles and trends in design and color. Some […]
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Upcycling in Style

Lately, a few designers here at Furnitureland South have been up to some good. Working alongside other local designers here in NC, we’ve been furnishing two custom-built homes, all in the name of charity. The project, called Chic Chateau, not only showcases local design talent, but fundraises for Habitat for Humanity, to buy building supplies to […]
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What is a Fabulous Night’s Sleep Worth to You?

Last month I was asked that very question during a training session at the Kingsdown, Inc. mattress factory in Mebane, NC. Most people in the mattress industry will tell you that the selection of your mattress is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. I tend to agree. You spend 1/3rd of your […]
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5 Days to a New Home

My favorite perk as a designer at Furnitureland South is the opportunity to meet and assist such a diverse clientele. I work with people from all over the world, each with their own personal style, resulting in unique interiors.  Last month I had the privilege of working with a great couple from Amman, Jordan. Their new home is scheduled for completion […]
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Four Fantastic Sources for Inspiration

While you may think designers create entirely from their own thoughts, we typically derive inspiration elsewhere. Inspiration can come from any source, but the goal is to see things with a fresh perspective. Though there are countless sources for design inspiration, here are a few I gravitate toward when I need a boost: Nature I love being outside, regardless […]
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Back to Basics ~ Black and White

It’s no surprise to me that I’m a big fan of black and white interiors {about 95% of my business attire is black and white}. While I enjoy the beauty color adds to an interior, black and white spaces evoke elegance and class. They create rich, upscale interiors that last for decades {b&w color schemes […]
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