About Kate

Photo credit: Bayly Shelley

I'm a 28 year old Chicago transplant from Virginia. I'm a recent entrepreneur, perennial creative, lover of black clothing, pop culture enthusiast, cheerleader of women and a people-loving introvert. I launched my Etsy shop in early 2014 as a creative outlet after painting "turn off your curling iron" on my own doormat, and what started as a way to poke fun at myself actually turned into a really practical piece of home decor. After some great press and feedback from my customers, Be There in Five, LLC was born. 

My mom and I painted the first 1,000 doormats by hand out of our living rooms and now we've grown to an online store & wholesale distributor with over 30 hand painted & screen printed products made possible by a great team of artisans in downtown Chicago. Be There in Five Mats are now sold here, Etsy, Wayfair, select Nordstrom stores and over 50 retailers (and growing!) nationwide.

 

About Be There in Five

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Be There in Five started as an Etsy shop with a simple mission: reminding people of the important things they forget when running out the door. To remember their lunch, that they look amazing today, and to [most importantly] not burn down their house. Traditionally, door mats welcome guests in your home, but I wanted to create something unique that saw you on your way out. 

While these door mats were the start, Be There in Five means more to me than selling products. It's a tongue-in-cheek representation of not having to be perfect; an intentional tribute to one of my biggest flaws. It's for those of you like me, who always run a little behind, pay way too much attention to detail and try to be everywhere at once. It's for those of us that look pretty together but endure a comically hectic process in order to appear that way. I want to relieve some of the pressure we put on ourselves, to find some humor in the organized chaos. I want to make it okay not to be a DIYer, a fitness goddess or a Martha Stewart in the making. I won't pretend it didn't take me 4 months to figure out how to get 4 words on a rug. I am a big believer in using the internet for inspiration, not to feel inadequate, and I want this to be a relatable brand that reminds us to not take ourselves too seriously.

So Be There in Five is dedicated to all the thoughts and things, people and places, ideas and ideals that make me a slave to this phrase.  

And to all the people out there like me, whose curiosity creates an ill concept of time. 

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