About Kate

Kate, in a nutshell:

Mixed media metal artist, Kate Richards of katerichards.com

(Help! I’m in a nutshell! How did I get into this nutshell?) #sorrynotsorry

A little more about me than you probably want to know:

I grew up in the family machine shop, surrounded by metal, rust, weld sparks, and machinists. I also happen to come from a long line of painters. So let’s mash those two things together, shall we? Throw in a flower crown, a cocktail, and some pet hair…and there you have it: me.

I love color. I love texture. I love glitter. But I also love me a gritty, dirty, banged up bit of raw metal. I adore the unpredictable nature of oxidization. Perfection is overrated. So are clean fingernails.

Most days you will find me ensconced in my studio, making a mess. If I’m lucky, it will turn into ‘art’. If I’m really, really lucky, I’ll get a visit from one of our resident chickens and she’ll walk through paint and track it everywhere. When I’ve cleared the studio of wayward poultry, I spend quite a bit of time grinding metal in my flip-flops (my dad always yells at me for this). Sometimes a glass of wine is involved. I find it helps the ‘artistic process’. Don’t judge me, I get enough of that from those uppity chickens.

Aside from the art, I’m particularly preoccupied with living on and cultivating a flower farm. And completely obsessed with farmhouses. But since my husband’s career in television post-production keeps us tethered to Los Angeles, I have to play a lot of pretend. I work really hard at convincing myself that our 7500 square foot city lot is a wee flower farm; our restored 107-year-old farmhouse sets the mood nicely. Life here is a mad little tea party of flowers, industrial art, and animal tomfoolery. And btw, we’ll take a little bourbon in our tea, thank you very much.

10 critical things:

#1–I’m going to throw a lot of color at you. I adore color (I know, we’ve covered this). I crave color. I often stop to stare at things and ponder their color (Side bar: this is why I love Instagram so much-you can capture those little moments of lovely and damn them to digital eternity). This pondering often involves picking a tiny spot of color and trying to figure out what paint I would mix to create that exact shade of moutains-at-sunset-blue-purple. It also often involves whomever I’m with getting frustrated with me because I wasn’t listening.

Chevron Deconstruction, mixed media metal painting by Kate Richards. katerichards.com  Mixed media metal artist Kate Richards. katerichards.com  neon glitter via katerichards.com  Stripes, mixed media metal painting by Kate Richards. katerichards.com

#2–I don’t listen very well.

#3–I’m gonna wax poetic about metal. Steel, aluminum, stainless, copper…my love for metal things is an equal-opportunity love. I am obsessed with rust and oxidized, beat up old metal. It shows up in my art. It shows up in my home decor. I think I may have rust in my blood. No for realsies, I should probably be tested.

Ground metal painting in process by mixed media metal artist Kate Richards. katerichards.com   Gold leafing, via katerichards.com Rust No.1, mixed media metal painting by Kate Richards. katerichards.com  Neon Oxide No.1, mixed media metal painting by Kate Richards. katerichards.com

#4–I’m unreasonably afraid of fire. So it makes perfect sense for me to spend my time welding and grinding metal and shooting sparks everywhere.

Mixed media metal artist Kate Richards welding. katerichards.com

#5–I’m extremely sarcastic. Don’t take anything I ever say seriously. Except this.

#6–I have a lot of pets. Just gonna put it out there. I’m that person. You’ll see.

Chicken art critic in the studio at katerichards.com

#7–Cocktail hour is the most important meal of the day. Right?

Wine and cats in the studio. katerichards.com

#8–I change my hair color constantly. Don’t be scurred. I like to keep everyone on their toes. Refer to #1 for further explanation.

#9–There is never a situation in which Alice in Wonderland quotes are inappropriate. Just trust me on this.

Six impossible things, via katerichards.com

#10–I thrive on nonsense. Refer to #9.

That is all. Carry on.





45 Comments on About Kate

  1. Shannon
    June 12, 2012 at 8:41 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m hooked already! Looking forward to your next post. Came over from Bobbie at Montana.

    • farmhouseK8
      June 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Nice! Thanks so much!!! :-)

  2. koolimut
    June 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Very Nice!

  3. letizia
    June 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award! :)

    • farmhouseK8
      June 23, 2012 at 2:15 am (3 years ago)

      Yay! Thanks so much–I’m totally humbled! :-)

    • farmhouseK8
      August 17, 2012 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

      So sweet of you! I gotta get my butt in gear and pay it forward! Thanks!

    • farmhouseK8
      October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm (3 years ago)

      THANK YOU!! You guys are so sweet!

  4. Coop Poop
    December 16, 2012 at 6:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Yours is the most charming of blogs! I love your aesthetic and your posts!

    It’s my great pleasure to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!!

    The rules for accepting the award require that you:

    Thank the blogger who nominated you (that’s me)
    Place the award on your site (snatch it from my blog post)
    Share 7 random things about yourself
    Nominate 15 blogs and let them know they’ve been nominated and how to accept the award.


  5. Po' Girl Shines
    December 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm (3 years ago)

    So glad you can have animals. My city is very strict on that so, moving in 2013 to the upper peninsula near some of my family. Really want chickens if possible.

    • farmhouseK8
      December 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm (3 years ago)

      You know what? Our town is pretty strict, too, but we have the best neighbors (all of whom I ply with eggs and whatever other goodies I test-drive in the kitchen), and we go to very great lengths to ensure that our animals aren’t bothering anyone.

  6. P.E.A.C.E.
    January 13, 2013 at 10:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Hooray! I’m so happy to have found you and your utterly delightful blog! I am a happy chicken-loving, organic rancher at-heart, trapped in the body and life of a big city suburbanite – so I feel right at home at your blog! While I may be way up north (brrr!) I still grow lots of food on our backyard plot and plan on doing backyard beekeeping and while I want chickens, I need to meet some others who currently keep chickens up here in Zone 3 because how do you care for them when it’s 40-below and there’s a foot of snow on the ground? Other than that, we’re in the same kind of lifestyle :) Happy hugs from a new fan!
    Cheers, Gina

    • farmhouseK8
      January 14, 2013 at 1:35 am (3 years ago)

      Hi, Gina! Welcome! If you don’t already follow them–check out Fresh Eggs Daily–I get practically all my chicken info from them. They really know what they are doing, and the writers all have snow chickens. (Tell them Farmhouse38 says hi!) This article, in particular, may be helpful: http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/10/cold-weather-prep-winterizing-your-flock.html

      40 below?!!! Where the heck are you?! That being said, I know people do chickens in that kind of climate: there are extra precautions you’ve got to take, but chickens are pretty adaptable, especially when there’s a good little flock of them to huddle together at night!

  7. home, garden, life
    February 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm (3 years ago)

    This reminds me of what my mother said to me when I was working in a big city…”you can take the girl out of the country, but you cannot take the country out of the girl!”

    Since 2000, I am back in the country on a 1/2 acre and blog about the love/hate relationship between me and Mother Nature. Drop by!

  8. Aimee - ItsOverflowing
    April 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com. I recently found your blog and LOVE your style! I have a weekly series called Dreamy Dwelling Home Tours and would really like to share your home on May 30th. For the post, I’d love to see great pictures and each picture can have hyper-linked text to your blog reference. At the end of the post I recommend my readers to go over and check out your blog OFTEN. These posts go live on Thursday morning, so I would need you to email me your post html coding the Sunday before your feature date! Let me know if this would work for you…I’d love to share you with my readers! You can reach me at itsoverflowing@gmail.com. Looks forward to hearing from you! XO, Aimee

    • farmhouseK8
      April 2, 2013 at 6:31 pm (3 years ago)

      Sounds like fun to me! :-) I will shoot you an email. Thanks, Aimee!!!

  9. Emma
    April 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh the texan dose have a facee 😀

  10. now at home mom
    June 7, 2013 at 12:20 am (2 years ago)

    so happy to have found your lovely blog today through Aimee at It’s Overflowing home tour! :-) will go and read your posts! :-)

    • farmhouseK8
      June 7, 2013 at 4:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, yay! Welcome and thanks for coming over, Ingrid! 😀

  11. Sarah
    June 7, 2013 at 3:50 am (2 years ago)

    New to your blog – visiting from your beautiful home tour on Its Overflowing (or at least I think, I’ve been diving into your beautiful posts!) and I have two random color questions: 1) the front door (orangy-red color) and the dresser in your master bedroom. Maybe they are the same? LOVE it though, just LOVE it!!! New follower :)

    • farmhouseK8
      June 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Sarah–welcome! Yes—! we just did that tour on It’s Overflowing! Thanks for coming over!
      So the door color (it is the very same on the dresser) is my absolute, favorite, favorite color in the history of ever–it is by Behr and it is called, fittingly– Farmhouse Red. Go figure. :-)

  12. Laura
    June 8, 2013 at 6:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing “From Scratch” magazine with your followers. I love, love, love it!
    Truly, Laura

    • farmhouseK8
      June 9, 2013 at 2:13 am (2 years ago)

      Oh, my pleasure!! Thanks, Laura! :-)

  13. Emma
    June 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Your blog is the best in the biz! There is nothing that you cant do! You’re almost perfect!
    You’re amazing, You’re smart, You’re farmy, You’re a free cookbook and decor guide, You’re almost the best blog in the world. How do you do it?

    • farmhouseK8
      June 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Hahhaha–well, thanks, Emma!!! 😀

  14. Emma
    June 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm (2 years ago)

    TELL ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. David Engle
    July 7, 2013 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Please help. I saw you used a freestanding tub in the kitchen and bath makeovers Summer 2013 issue. Where did you get your tub? My wife wants one!

  16. Rachel Green Ramirez
    August 27, 2013 at 5:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I’m so glad I found you (thanks to Fresh Eggs Daily). I’m in Los Angeles and just started my little flock of 6 hens. I never imagined how much I love them and this lifestyle. You are an inspiration!

    • farmhouseK8
      August 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, you are so sweet!! Aren’t they seriously the best? I’m right there with you–I thought they’d be fun to have, but I really had no idea the amazingly positive impact they’ve had on our entire lifestyle. I just heart them so darn much!!! :-) Thanks for the comment!!!

  17. Diogo Pereira
    January 26, 2014 at 1:17 am (2 years ago)

    Oh God that double duck face!! Hahahahaha so awesome 😀 congrats on your amazing blog! 😀

    • farmhouseK8
      January 26, 2014 at 3:43 pm (2 years ago)

      LOL–thanks, Diogo! 😀

  18. Lori Jobmann
    April 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm (1 year ago)

    You are just adorable! What fun I have had reading your wonderful blog! Did your hubby graduate from UT? I saw the longhorn pillow on your bed. Hook ‘Em!

    • farmhouseK8
      April 27, 2014 at 12:42 am (1 year ago)

      LOL–Lori–thank you!! He is actually a Horned Frog–but he’s a UT fan, too! We are equal opportunity Texas in this house. 😀

  19. melverenice
    September 15, 2014 at 2:22 pm (1 year ago)

    I really love your blog, so glad i stumbled over it. My dream is, when we move from Berlin to the US, to have a house with a garden and chickens and cats. Thanks for this wonderful inspiration!

    • farmhouseK8
      September 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh, thank you for the sweet words! Good luck with your move and thanks for tagging along! 😀

  20. susburger
    October 10, 2014 at 8:58 pm (12 months ago)

    Love your blog already 😀

    • farmhouseK8
      October 10, 2014 at 10:39 pm (12 months ago)

      Aww, thanks! Welcome!!! 😀

  21. hbreight
    November 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm (10 months ago)


    So at this point, I have looked through literally everything on your blog, and I love it! (I’m not kidding – I went through all the archives. I had a lot of time.) You have such a beautiful and unique sense of style that is incredibly inspiring. My husband and I recently moved into a farmhouse in rural Nebraska, and although it’s VERY 70’s, I can see the adorable, “farmy” potential it has. Thank you for posting all of these wonderful ideas; I hope to use some of them as we begin remodeling our home!

    • farmhouseK8
      November 23, 2014 at 4:43 pm (10 months ago)

      Oh, thank you for the kind words!!! How exciting for you guys–best of luck with the renovation!!!


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