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 + Founder

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Katie Ernst

Creative Director + Founder

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.

Ally Gawrys

Creative Coordinator

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Ally Gawrys

Creative Coordinator

Ally is the Creative Coordinator at Bowery & Bash. She is a jack of all trades, washed up Instagram celebrity and lover of design & art in all of its forms.

A Chicago-area native and recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ally was the very first to enroll in the new degree program, Integrated Design and the Arts.

With an array of experiential internships in the fields of cosmetics, events, interior design and textiles, Ally brings a well rounded understanding of experience to any conversation.

In her spare time, you can find Ally going gaga over her cat Sam and sister’s dog Archie, spending time with her close-knit family, sewing new clothes for herself (because she always thinks her closet is dry), setting up ametuer photoshoots with her best friends and desperately trying to make her loved ones laugh.

Erin Carter

Event Designer

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Erin Carter

Event Designer

Erin is Bowery & Bash’s Event Designer, collector (she collects gumball machines, salt and pepper shakers, brass candlestick holders and vintage jewelry), resident Phish fan and lover of every single color of the rainbow. Erin’s love for fashion and design began in high school where you could always find her dressed up and with a hot glue gun in hand. Her penchant for interiors has long been ingrained in her DNA- rearranging her bedroom since she was old enough to push her furniture around and, eventually, her own apartment. Design brings her a fresh mind and renewed sense of joy. She’s forever redecorating in her head and at her home.

Erin studied Sculpture at the University of Montana and received her degree from Columbia College Chicago in Fashion Business and Merchandising. During her time at Columbia College she interned with Chanel and was a signed Wardrobe Stylist before graduating. During Erin’s downtime you can find her thrifting or antiquing, spending quality time with her one-eyed cat, Pat, or seeing live music with friends.

Erin’s rounded interest in all things creative developed into her career in Wardrobe & Prop Styling, Toy Design and Development and has brought her to her favorite place yet, Bowery & Bash. She is so excited that her eclectic background is celebrated and she can continue to play around with furniture groupings for her beloved clients.

Maria Muñoz-Guevara

Director of Operations

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Maria Muñoz-Guevara

Director of Operations

Maria is, hands down, the reason Bowery & Bash runs smoothly. (Really. When she goes on vacation, the entire company teeters like a house of cards. ) Her full time role as mother of four dynamic children has been the perfect training for her job as Director of Operations. She juggles so many things at one time and is never ruffled. Maria’s story includes stings in Radio Programming, Promotions, Productions, Television Sales, Accounting and Events Coordination.

Maria attended Columbia College and Augustine College. During her downtime, she works as a part time driver to her children. She also loves the fall season, enjoys the summer and likes to go out on walks and hikes in the winter. Basically, she likes all of Chicago’s seasons. She loves dancing, even if it’s in the kitchen while cooking, or in her sleep. She always finds time to chit-chat and laughs with her sisters and her closets friends. Maria loves the authenticity of Bowery & Bash, living the luxury of being surrounded by unique happiness of each item that brings her so much joy and allows her to stay dreamy.

Raul
Obregón

Warehouse Guru

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Raul Obregón

Warehouse Guru

Raul is the man responsible for the money-makers. He is the reason our inventory always stays ready for a close-up. Originally from Hidalgo, Texas, Raoul moved to California in 1967, and has lived in Chicago since. At 18 years old Raul joined the Marines, where he served for 3 years. Since then, Raul has worked at the Board of Education, Chicago’s City Hall, and a variety of other places.

Raul has three children, Louis, Benson and Bianca whom he loves dearly.

Raul is the life of any party and is the first to get people dancing. Raul is a huge lover of dance of any kind. He claims he is a killer break dancer. In his free time, Raul enjoys practicing Karate, cooking a variety of meals for his friends and family (his specialty is enchiladas) or watching sports. Some of his favorite teams are the Chivas, LA Galaxies, Blackhawks, and the Chicago Bulls, admittedly as a bandwagon fan.

Raul’s favorite part of the job is that Bowery & Bash keeps him active and moving, and that is the key to looking as young as he does!

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