I design spaces that tell YOUR story creatively!

In all of my award-winning store, trade show exhibitor booth and showroom design projects, 
my goal is to help clients express their creativity through the visual elements of their spaces.
What Clients Have to Say About My Work:

"All I can say is WOW!!!  Your design theory synopsis blew us away! While reading it Thomas and I were nodding our heads and saying "yes, yes, yes".  Thank you for listening to us and making our vision a reality. Thank you for everything, Deb."
Valerie and Thomas Maimone, Owners
Crown City Tire Auto Care

Retail Evaluation + Retail Store ReDesign + Brand Development

"I recently saw a video of my store from 2 years ago, and ohhhhhhh myyyy gosh! It is amazing to see the night and day difference! More people are reaching out to me now, wanting to use the new space we created in the back part of the store -
 I really think your guidance helped save my business."
Jennifer Maimone, Owner
Dual Crossroads

Retail Evaluation + Retail Store Redesign + Brand Development

"Seriously, Deb is an artist's dream! She studies your work needs and your style, makes your studio far more efficient and then the eye candy is packed in... 
Who knew my own studio would turn into such an inspirational place for me?!?!? And I'm working faster, too. She's a real gift!"
Sharyn Sowell, Professional Artist
Sharyn Sowell Art Studio
Artful Makeover

Deb helped me grow as an artisan while doing an event, by encouraging me to think outside the box, expanding my creative horizons and by teaching me how to creatively display and market my work. Deb is a hard worker with an AMAZING eye for detail. Her displays are creative, trendy and fun... a true asset to any business that would give her an opportunity."

Angela Stevens, Artisan
Raggedy Angie Primitives

Retail Visual Merchandising 

Deb does indeed go beyond the minimum asked of her. In my own case, I wrote to her asking for a piece of advice, and what I received back was an amazingly detailed blueprint of all aspects of what would be entailed in carrying on with what my question concerned. I was overwhelmed with her amazing generosity and her thoughtful, time consuming response. If you need someone who will give her all and then give some more you need to get in touch with Deb, right now! "
Yvonne Root
Home Decor 

"Dear Debi,
It was such a pleasure having you help us at the shop - you were a breath of creativity that refreshed us so much. Enjoying your website and wishing you continued success!"
Virginia Bowen, Owner
Seattle Yarn
Retail Store ReDesign

"It’s easy to figure out why Debi Ward Kennedy garnered the highest speaker rating on our attendee exit surveys, after the Yarn Market News Smart Business Conference in Seattle in March 2010. She absolutely delivered what she promised. From the amazing display she set up on the stage, to her personal appearance (she even dressed to coordinate with the display’s brand color palette) to her engaging delivery, she had us at 'hello.'

It wasn’t all glam and gloss - her presentation was full of practical and easily usable merchandising ideas and resources that our audience (mainly hand-knitting yarn retailers) could take back with them and put into action without spending a fortune. Along with inspiration, Debi definitely provided substance conveyed in a dynamic and professional manner."
Karin Strom, Editor in Chief
Yarn Market News Magazine and SoHo Publishing
Seminar Presentations

"Debi, your presentation received really positive feedback from our 2010 YMN Conference attendees. Participants thought you were engaging, well organized, and offered great ideas.  They also mentioned how appreciative they were that you tailored the presentation to the knitting industry; the information provided was relevant and relatable. Here are some of the comments:"

'I got the most actionable ideas from Debi Ward Kennedy.'

'Debi Kennedy gave a great presentation which had clear steps to follow to create strong and unique merchandising. It got me thinking about using space in a different way.' 

'Tell Your Story seminar - great ideas, got my creative mind working on ways to update my store presence'
'I found the merchandising session Tuesday morning to be the most beneficial. It related to the overall needs of a retail establishment and a yarn shop.'
Gabrielle Stein, Event Manager
Jessica Cepek, Marketing Manager
SoHo Publishing, Sixth + Spring Books, Yarn Market News
Seminar Presentations

“As one of our seminar speakers for the Denver Gift, Home, Jewelry & Resort Show, Debi Ward Kennedy is always a huge "hit"!! She has provided her services to us for several years, and her live on-stage display seminars draw the largest attendance of all our seminars. She's broken the attendance records! In working with Debi, you get an enthusiastic, creative, funny, delightful bundle of energy who gives 110% She is always at the TOP of my list.”
Evonne Eiseman, Show Manager
DenverMart Gift, Resort and Jewelry Shows
Seminar Presentations
"I hired Debi to be the designer of our special displays for the San Francisco International Gift Fair and The Seattle Gift Show. Every six months for several years, she was able to provide visual cohesive stories using a variety of products from our exhibitors—often without any advanced notice as to the product type, shape. size or color. She performed what we referred to as “visual miracles” each season; a design that was beautiful, functional and provided our exhibitors with increased business. She also presented seminars to share her expertise in visual merchandising. 

I have worked with many designers and speakers over 18 years as the marketing director for a trade show management company, and Debi Ward Kennedy has proven to me that she has the ability to take a concept and run with it. "
Stacey Heiss, former Director of Marketing
Western Exhibitors Shows
Seminar Presentations, Exhibitor Product Displays

"Debi, thank you for your efforts on behalf of the Sand Point Antique and Design Market.  You make things possible,  and that's good!"
Dennis Eros, CEO Eros Productions, Ltd.
Sand Point Antique | Design Market, Seattle
Production of New Logo Graphics, Marketing + Promotional Assistance

"We at the Gift & Home Channel deeply appreciate Debi Ward Kennedy's support and contribution to our success..."
Ray Gaulke, former Director Strategic Partnerships
Gift and Home Channel (no longer in business)
Production of Video + Written Content

“Debi Ward Kennedy has provided her display, design and planning expertise for my various locations and needs for many years. We have worked on everything from Auction of Washington Wines Winemaker Dinners to full winery design and floorplan. I can always count on Debi's professionalism, creativity and dedication to a project. She works tirelessly and the results are not only breath-taking but profitable."
Holly Leuning Matson, former director of retail operations
Columbia Winery

also former director of retail operations Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
Retail Store ReDesign + Concept Design, Product Visual Merchandising, Facility Holiday Decor 
“Debi pulled together the complete look for an import company I started in 2001. Her work was fabulous and I still have the photos from that photo session in my portfolio.She listens, works with what you have and then executes on the highest possible level. A terrific partner on any project that she is involved with and a joy to work alongside.” Michele Rennie, Owner
Girasol Imports
Product Visual Merchandising + Photo Styling

"Deb, thank you so much for everything you have done to help us and myself this first year. It was an honor to have you on board, and you have been the biggest help and a great friend to all of us. Thank you again for everything you've done for us this year, I sincerely appreciate all of it."
Ben Ashby, Editor In Chief
FOLK Magazine (no longer published) Deb was involved only in the first year of publication.
Production of Written Content + Graphics + Photography, Event Management


The Seattle Gift Show . The San Francisco International Gift Fair
The Portland Gift Show . The Denver Gift, Home, Jewelry and Resort Show
The Gift and Home Channel . Yarn Market News Magazine Business Conferences

Gift Shop Magazine . Country Business Magazine . GiftBeat Magazine . 

Booksellers News Magazine . Western Exhibitors News  
design*sponge Biz Women Series
Yarn Market News Magazine / SoHo Publishing . Puget Sound Business Journal 

OneCoast Wholesale Gifts . FOLK Magazine . Creating Vintage Charm Magazine
Smart Retailer Magazine . SNAP!retail blog . Broadway+Thresher Magazine
Gift Shop Magazine . Entrepreneur Magazine

Shaunna Morrissey Design, LTD . Molbaks Garden + Home
Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery . Columbia Winery . Hogue Cellars Winery
Costco Home . Willows Lodge . Lasting Memories
AMG/Associates Marketing Group . Paul Mendelson and Associates

Money Tree Holiday Shops . Girasol Imports

Funky Junk Sisters Antique Show . Poppyseeds Home Decor Boutique
 Sand Point Antique and Design Market . Retreat Vintage Market and Petite Retreat
Faded Elegance Antiques . Island Retreat Antique + Vintage Market

FOLK Magazine FOLKbarn Artisan Show . Paint the Town, Red!
  Women Take . Bliss Guild
Wild Fibers . Scandia Coffeehouse . Gerryann's Flowers 
 Glamarella Junk . ReStitched USA . Aidan and Audrey  
Vintage{lilli} . Robin King Designs . Serendipity Needleworks
homewardFOUNDdecor . Sharyn Sowell Art Studio
The Vintage Marketplace Antique Show
Kim Caldwell Creative Arts . Poppyseeds Vintage Home
Needful Things Addiction Shoppe .
Official Shasta Wings Club
Dual Crossroads . Crown City Tire auto care

Disneyland Resort
Award-Winning Designs

'Best Retail Booth Design', 

Northwest Flower & Garden Show 2003 
Booth Design Team for Molbaks' Garden + Home Retailer in Woodinville, Washington 

'Best Booth Design in At Home Division', 

San Francisco International Gift Fair August 2004 
Booth Design Concept for Shauna Morrissey Ltd. / Two Dogs Design