Settling down. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more loaded term. It’s the butt of jokes on sitcoms and conjures up stereotypical images of suburban picket fences, diapers, boring nights in and lights out by nine. No matter the interpretation, it’s always associated with giving up something exciting in exchange for something bland. No one ever talks about the mental aspects of settling down, though, or how it takes great maturity to do so. I believe, at its core, it’s an outward manifestation of how you’ve become settled within. You’re confident enough to start a new chapter, and you’ve found the right place to do it.
Growing up, Studio KCK’s founder Kelly Knapp followed her parents around the globe, living in 10 countries and moving “more times than she is old.” While her parents did a wonderful job making her feel comfortable no matter where they were, the constant shuffling never afforded Kelly the opportunity to 100% settle down. “I always think of moving and starting fresh,” Kelly says. “It has to be that ingrained, transient sense of being always on-the-move that comes with having an international upbringing.”
Surprisingly, Kelly tells us her on-the-go nature has recently waned, and Providence, RI may be to blame. She’s fallen so in love the city and how it makes her feel, she’s flipped the script and settled into a charming one-bedroom there. Once the home of one of Rhode Island’s founders, her 145-year-old space boasts hardwood floors, gorgeous original doors and an abundance of light. The natural light beautifully dances off her vast collection of vintage decorations, many of which her family collected on those storied journeys overseas. It goes without saying that each one of them holds great sentimental value to Kelly, but she most cherishes how the home as a whole has made her feel. Here — like never before — she feels settled within herself. “I can’t imagine moving. [This home’s] helped support me in a time when I’ve sort of come into my own,” Kelly shares. Now that’s a powerful space. Click through to peek inside. Enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Clement and West