Kim and Kristal first met in downtown Longview in 2007 at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts. They were taking painting classes from local artists, honing a skill they both loved. They took note of each other then, finding similarities in vision and they hit it off right away.

After some time passed, Kim began a career in real estate and later stepped away to pursue refinishing furniture as a stay-at-home mom. Kristal began collecting, selling and renting found goods. It was a season of learning about furniture styles, antiques and painting techniques for both women.

Kim and Kristal didn’t know it, but they were both frequenting flea markets and scouring different towns for unique home decor and rare items. Then, both women opened their own retail booths at Vintage Soul, a fun little shop on 4th St. Kim instantly recognized a painting in the front booth of the store. It was one of Kristal’s from the class they took years prior. They had no idea they’d been traveling similar paths! Kristal owned her own specialty rental and home decor business in Longview, Pursuing Eden, which she ran for seven years before opening Abide with Kim.

Jump forward another couple years, and Kim and Kristal found themselves in another joint passion when they served together on a women’s event team at their local church. Kim helped coordinate the event and Kristal styled it. Styling events and spaces had become Kristal’s specialty and her skill was put to good use that weekend. In the following weeks they went on a couple of lunch dates. It was over those meals they began to see a merge in their career paths. They learned they had each gained experience and a love for interior design during their time apart. They spoke the same design language, had the same interior design crushes and shared similar visions. They relished in those talks together and decided to collaborate!

Kim and Kristal value bouncing ideas off of each other and sharing the workload with each other. They are interior design-obsessed mamas, collectors and women of deep faith and they are excited to offer their workings as a collaborative team: Abide Design + Home.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

John 15:4
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