Our portraits of Inspiring People celebrate diverse lifestyles that showcase inspiring and vibrant individuals.
Katelyn Rutt is our first feature—we love that she has turned her creativity and passion for all things classy into her business! Whether traveling the world or cozying up at home, she has that savoir-faire to live fully, making every moment magical.
Above: Katelyn in Paris
Washington DC, USA
YOUR HEART'S HOME:
I grew up in the countryside of Georgia. Every time I visit home, I’m reminded of warm summer days, evenings on the lake and picturesque country views. It’s a beautiful place and a welcome respite from hectic city life.
WHAT YOU DO:
I’m a creative and a dreamer. I love using my platforms to share my travels, day-to-day inspiration and life in the city through the lens of a young professional & entrepreneur.
Ever since I was young, I’ve always had a tendency towards creativity. I would spend hours piecing together my own mood boards and cutting pictures out of magazines. As I grew older, that inspiration grew into an interest in photography, DIY projects, lifestyle and travel—passions I was excited to explore and understand at a deeper level. Eventually, those side hobbies merged into what I now call my brand, Classy & Kate. It’s a dream come true!
SMELLS IN YOUR LIFE:
The warm and sweet smell after a rainstorm is one of my favorites—it reminds me of afternoons in Georgia, sitting on my porch with a good book and a cup of tea. I also fell in love with citrus scents after visiting Italy and the Amalfi Coast a few years ago. The scent immediately transports me to the sparkling coast, handmade pasta dishes and endless limoncello.
YOUR HOME INTERIOR ROUTINE:
Ambiance is so important to me, so I have candles lit almost every night. I love the soft and calming glow, as well as the beautiful scent—it’s an important part of my wind down routine.
YOU AND MAISON BERGER:
My current favorite scent is the Imperial Green Tea fragrance from the Muse products in the Jonathan Adler x Maison Berger collaboration. It’s light, fresh and reminds me of the misty mornings spent in Thailand last November. The scent is pure magic!
Left: Katelyn visiting Wat Pho in Bangkok, Thailand
Right: Our Jonathan Adler x Maison Berger Muse Lampe (photo by Classy & Kate)
YOUR MOST VIVID OLFACTIVE MEMORY:
Fresh roses surrounding my childhood pool in the summer. The fragrance is so luxurious, yet fresh and soft. I spent so many evenings there swimming, pressing roses, and journaling.
YOUR LIFE PHILOSOPHY:
My life motto is simple, “Make yourself proud.” This phrase always reminds me to continually pursue the things that set my soul on fire—however big or small they may be. Life can get routine, so it’s a great way to keep excitement on the horizon and be reminded to continually set new goals in order to become the best possible version of yourself.
Above: Katelyn glowing with the Eiffel Tower