About Taylored Spaces from Ruth Ann's Perspective...
Ruth Ann Taylor Long
Certified Living In Place Professional
“I like to think that Taylored Spaces, LLC, will offer you a ‘different’ approach to your buying experience. After all, you are not just buying cabinets.. You are buying an experience--- one where you will work with a designer to make selections, and cover details you never thought you would encounter, but they’ve been thought out for you already… You are having folks in your home during the day for days on end, some are strangers, and you need a trusty point person to be here for you (as I’m writing this, I’m on a client’s couch as granite is being installed in the other room…) You need an extra special touch, but you still want to get what you want for what you want to pay for it. It’s my personal promise to do everything in my power to make that happen for you, and leave you with a new space you and your family and friends will enjoy for years to come.” -Ruth Ann
About Ruth Ann
About Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann Taylor Long, CMKBD, CLIPP™, is a Rocky Mount, NC, native, and daughter and granddaughter of business owners, so she says it was “in her blood” to open her own business… Even though her Father and Grandfather aren’t here with her as she embarks on this journey, they are both in her heart and taught her how business is done…
Ruth Ann graduated from East Carolina University’s School of Human Environmental Sciences in Interior Design with honors. She was also awarded “Most Outstanding Senior” in her department, was a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and was a student in the Honors Program.
Her journey in kitchen and bath design began her Junior year at ECU, when she began working in a local lumber yard designing and selling kitchen and bath projects. Her early experience afforded her the opportunity to work on multi-family apartment projects, multi-million dollar homes, and everything in between. Moving to Raleigh in 2002, she continued to hone her skills, working for three different companies before deciding to go into business for herself in 2012.
She’s maintained an active presence at ECU, serving on the Interior Design Advisory Board as chair, delivering guest lectures to classes, judging design competitions, and serving as a juror for class projects. She feels it is important to have an interest in helping students, as they are the future of the profession.
Ruth Ann is also active both locally and nationally in the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Nationally, she has served as chair of the Certification Test Board, where she graded exams for aspiring CKD and CBD candidates. She has also served nationally on the Exam Development Subcommittee as chair, and has judged the annual national design competition. Locally, she’s serving her last year as President of the Eastern Carolina Chapter, and has served in the past as VP-Programs, VP-Professional Development, Secretary, Treasurer, Long Range Planning Chairman, and VP-Endorsed Programs.
So, What the HECK is CMKBD and CLIPP™? CMKBD is the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s highest level of certification, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer. Now, while that means maybe she's a good test-taker, and she's been a member of NKBA for 20 years, it also means she has committed herself wholeheartedly to this industry - and to learn and stay current and fully educated for the benefit of my clients. There are 7 CMKBDs currently in the state of NC, 3 in the Triangle area. CLIPP™ stands for Certified Living in Place Professional. Quite simply, this means she will endeavor to make all homes Accessible, Comfortable, and Safe in whichever capacities she is able. It’s the “new” universal/ADA/Accessible/
As you can see above, Ruth Ann is pretty focused on work. Occasionally, she takes a break to enjoy her Wake Forest home with husband Brandon, and two cats Lucy and Ethel and dog Samson. All four of them are busy doing something all the time. Well, the cats are busy sleeping. Brandon loves Football, Fishing, and a new hobby, cycling... Ruth Ann spends time collecting fabric and yarn, hoping one day she will get to sew and knit it all into crafts.