Personal Style Series: Kat McAllen

Updated: Sep 7, 2018


I'm excited to share another installment of the Personal Style Series! This week, I'm featuring stylist Kat McAllen and her sweet nursery she designed for her daughter Harper. 


The Personal Style Series is an in-depth look and profile of Wayfair's Stylists and their favorite room, nook, piece of furniture or decor in their home. The interior photographs paired with environmental portraits are a projection of each Stylist's personality injected into their space and brought to life. 


Tell me a little about yourself.

I grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, where I dedicated my life to Soccer. My number one goal in life was to be the next Mia Hamm, so everything I did and every choice I made was influenced by this. After placing third in the Nation in a club tournament and essentially peaking in my career as an athlete, I found myself at a major crossroads after finishing high school. Becoming the next Mia Hamm was no longer my ultimate goal, so I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and who I wanted to become. 

Coming up with this answer took a lot of soul searching, self-reflection, and changing my major four times.



How did styling become your passion?

My passion for styling was instilled at a very young age when I received a large Barbie house as a Christmas gift built by my father. I observed that my friends were more interested in playing with the dolls themselves, while I would spend hours rearranging the furniture and creating décor. As I grew older, the passion I had for designing my doll house translated into other spaces in my life, such as my room, dorm room, and now my house. Eventually I realized that it was more than just a hobby, it was my calling, and with that it became my career. 


What makes this space in your home your favorite?

Most people are likely to say that the kitchen is their favorite space as it is generally considered to be the heart and soul of the home. For me, my daughter Harper's room is my favorite space because she is the heart and soul of my life. It is a place where I feel the most at home and connected to my daughter. The simplicity of the space provides a sense of calm with a few whimsical accents to make it both fun and light.


Where do you find inspiration for your personal style?

I find inspiration in everything, especially through small, everyday treasures. Something as simple as a picture my daughter and I painted can provide me with the inspiration I need for a creative design moment or an intricate gallery wall. I believe that inspiration is everywhere - it’s just a matter of keeping your eyes open. 


How does your personal style translate into your work as a stylist?

I feel my personal style translates into my work every day through the small ‘lived in’ moments and personal touches of history. Whether the history is in a piece of handmade artwork, an heirloom, or a piece of antique furniture, there is sense of personalization which makes it feel authentic.



What are some of your favorite local places to source props/find decor for your home?

  • Ikea

  • Etsy

  • Marshalls/TXMaxx/Homegoods

  • Thrift Stores

  • Antique shops

  • Yard Sales / Estate Sales

  • Craigslist

  • Ma and Pa shops

  • Literally anywhere and everywhere

See the full photo series here.

Where you can find Kat

Instagram @k.mcallen

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