ABOUT US

Here at Bowery & Bash we are all about telling great stories. Love stories. Bedtime stories. Kind-of-a-funny stories. Since 2014, we’ve offered a large collection of design forward rental furniture and bars, everything from uber-contemporary to reimagined vintage classics.  All curated to help tell your story, your way.

Katie Ernst

Creative Director + Fearless Leader

Katie Ernst

Katie Ernst

Creative Director + Fearless Leader

Like many creative types, Katie was a quirky child with a very active imagination. She is a native of New Orleans, which explains everything you need to know about her love of gilt and graffitti, the rough-around-the-edges and the refined. Her early role as the oldest of seven children was perfect training for the boss-lady she would later become.

A life-long story teller, Katie moved to Chicago while in college, knowing little about it except that Oprah was there. The plan was to stay for the summer. Instead she fell in love with the city, finished school and ultimately became an Emmy-award winning investigative journalist for NBC News.

In 2009 - the absolute worst possible time to start a business - Katie became an entrepreneur, turning a love of interior design into Revision Home.

The edgy company threw fantastic parties to unveil new collections of vintage furniture and decor, operating as an online retailer during the time in between. Revision Home quickly became a go-to destination for Chicago’s interior design junkies and was named to the “Best Of” lists by Chicago magazine, CS Interiors and the Chicago Reader. Revision Home remained open for seven years.

Katie’s love of storytelling, design and events collided in 2014, when she opened Bowery & Bash. It was originally launched as a vintage rental company with a distinct sense of style, and soon evolved to feature a carefully curated inventory of design-forward furniture and bars. The quirkier items, like the pair of ten foot canvas palm trees, can be blamed on growing up in a place that considered Mardi Gras a major holiday.

While she would love to be the type who trains for Ironman competitions in her spare time, instead Katie spends it drinking red wine and laughing with friends, or hanging with her favorite people on the planet, children Maeve, Lily and Roan. She openly admits to a mildly unhealthy attachment to her two rescue pups.

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