inspired and purposeful floral design
Hi, My name is Kate. The florist behind Refuge Floral. My story isn't easy or pretty but it's why we do what we do. I became a florist in my late teens and as it turns out, found my healing through flowers. When I was 14 I was sexually assaulted. I was afraid and alone; I had no idea that there women's centers and organizations for young women like myself to turn to. After spending the better part of my teen years afraid and in pain, I made the decision to seek out beauty and good things in the world. I went to college, explored a variety of different career paths, including art, horticulture, floristry and history. I got involved with a florist in my hometown. Slowly, I felt better and better; being around such abundant beauty helped heal the hurt in my heart and still continues to do so. Once I found beauty and safety in one place, it allowed me to look for it in other aspects of my life. I continued to work with florists for the next few years. During that time I found about resources and women's groups for women like me and pledged myself to them when I wasn't slinging blooms. After several years of doing both, I have found myself in a unique position to share my healing story and perhaps provide a tools and space for women who are interested in doing the same. So in the summer of 2016 I set out to do so. I started Refuge Floral . I was doing weddings, events and subscriptions on my kitchen floor. Despite not having a social media account or website to speak of, word of mouth and the caring Nashville community caused me to keep growing. Be it through working weddings and events with us, learning about cut flowers or helping support local women's groups through purchases, I want to invite you to share in my story. If my story resonates with you or women in your life, feel free to drop us a line or come on over and see me - let's continue to chose beauty and healing together.