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Meet Fran Keenan

Fran Keenan of Fran Keenan Design, like so many, set out in one direction for a career and along the way found that she had strayed onto a different path.

photography by Jean Allsopp

With a degree in fashion design from the University of Alabama, Fran jetted for New York and career in fashion design with Polo and Tommy Hilfiger. Later she worked for the ultra-creative design duo, Diamond Baratta Design. “It opened my eyes to a new level of creativity,” says the designer. “I’ve never looked at a room the same way since.

“Working in fashion first taught me the language of fabrics and color.” —Fran Keenan

“We did not subscribe to any rule book on this project.” {Click here to see the project in completion.} That new focus brought her to Birmingham, where she became decorating editor of Cottage Living magazine. “That’s where I fell in love with the idea of functional, beautiful living,” says Fran. With the birth of her second child, she decided to go the work-from-home route and started her own design business.

“I help a client flesh out how they really want to live. Our homes and surroundings truly shape us,” says Fran.

Fran’s daily joy is in her Homewood home, with husband, Matt, an attorney, and daughters Ella, 7, Harper, 4, and baby son Wilkes.

Oct 6, 2014 11:12 am
 Posted by  herwagn

Love, love, love your design. I purchased the Southern Lady Magazine over the weekend and could not put it down. Could you let me know what the name is of the ceramic tile that is featured on page 43? Thank you so much.
Amy Blevins

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