One million reasons to get to know Kate Rumson

The wildly successful interior design page on Instagram @the_real_houses_of_ig has reached one million followers this month, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce you to the person behind it all – Kate Rumson!

Fueled by her passion for interior design and construction, Kate is inspiring millions of homeowners – while building a unique brand – one image at a time!

Kate started the page as hobby about two years ago, carefully selecting interior design images that spoke to her. And people took notice. In fact, hundreds of thousands of people, including many A-list celebrities, started following the page within the first year!

“I’m very lucky that my taste in interior design resonated with so many people,” Kate explains. “I would describe my style as simple, clean and neutral, but with a touch of something interesting and unexpected.”

Kate developed an interest in design and construction in her early teens. It all started when her parents took her to a Toll Bothers model home while shopping for a house.

“I remember walking into that huge, beautiful, fully-decorated home and being completely blown away by every little detail. I remember the gorgeous butterfly staircase, the beautiful chandeliers, the intricate moldings and all the furnishings and accessories that were put together so perfectly. I couldn’t believe people can actually lived like that!”

Kate wasn’t only impressed by the finishes of the model home she visited, but by that entire community of homes that was still in the process of being constructed.

“I remember driving around that development, seeing houses being framed and completely falling in love with the entire process of constructing a house. From that moment on, I knew I wanted to do that for a living! All of it – from finding and developing land to designing the entire blueprint and from building the home to decorating the rooms.”


Image courtesy of Toll Brothers

And that she did! Kate has built and remodeled many of her own properties, as well as helped many of her clients remodel, redecorate and transform their homes into their very own sanctuaries – all while maintaining a successful career in finance.

“My entire professional life I felt like I had to have a stable full-time job working for a big, reputable firm, to continue qualifying for mortgages and loans necessary to build and sell homes. Investing in real estate can be very profitable, but it provides very little consistency or stability.”

It took Kate almost 10 years, but last year she finally felt comfortable leaving her job in finance to dedicate all of her time to doing what she loves. Today Kate is working on several properties, running @the_real_houses_of_ig and managing multiple partnerships with some of the biggest brands in the business that took notice of her unique talent and success.

We at Progress Lighting were delighted to discover that Kate has used many of our products in her very own home, which was recently renovated. We reached out to her to form an exciting partnership and are looking forward to what comes next!

Sign up for our e-newsletter and follow us on our blog and social media channels for the latest updates on our collaborations with Kate, which will include beautiful photography, inspiring settings, decorating advice and details behind the product selection.

And if you’re not one of the one million people following @the_real_houses_of_ig on Instagram, check out the inspiring channel today at www.instagram.com/the_real_houses_of_ig!