Cassy Kicklighter Poole

Kaleidoscope Design

By Deborah Walden Ossi

Designer Cassy Kicklighter Poole lived in many different places as a child. For some people, this might have been a source of hardship, but for her, it was an inspiration. “There’s a couple of pretty obvious things that led me to design. Creativity has been a driving force in my life. My family moved around a ton. I lived all over the country. I was born outside of the country. Living in all of these areas led to my personal education on architecture and design. The two worlds just collided,” says Kicklighter Poole.

A lifelong learner, Kicklighter Poole challenges herself to stay on top. “I certainly do a large amount of reading. I work hard to educate myself. And I’m a huge advocate for competition and sharing. It gets the juices flowing,” she says. Kicklighter Poole also attributes her design success to her ability to follow her instincts. She sums it up in a Pablo Picasso quotation that hangs in her office: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

When asked if she has a favorite style or period of design, Kicklighter Poole’s answer is surprising. “If anything, that kind of goes against my philosophy. I’m stylistically open-minded. It’s what a sommelier might say about a bottle of wine.” She compares design to a puzzle where all of the pieces—clients, trends, locations—are constantly changing. Her favorite part of that puzzle? “I’m a relationship-driven person. I love bonding with clients. Every client has their own unique story, and I love building those relationships.”

 

Cassy Kicklighter Poole

Kaleidoscope Design

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