LIVING.KY – Furnishing Dreams - By Real Life Magazine
Paul Blount moved to the Islands with his Caymanian wife and opened Noah’s Ark, The Store for Children, in 2002. A few years later, the family moved to the US, where he spent nine years developing a home goods distribution business. Having amassed valuable experience and contacts in the business, he returned to Cayman and launched LIVING.KY in 2018.
RL: Have you always been interested in design and decor?
PB: You know, I always wanted to be an art teacher. However, my parents weren’t going to support a second child through art school, so I ended up studying mechanical engineering, with the endgame being to work in the family business. I never did! My creative side was always far stronger. Through the years, I’ve been involved in a lot of design projects, and furniture and decor have been a big part of my life.
RL: What motivated you to open Living.ky?
PB: I have extensive experience in the furniture business and really saw a gap in the market on my return to Cayman. Fair pricing is extremely important to me, but without compromising quality.
RL: Tell us about your role at Living.ky.
PB: I initially started the business out on a very small scale as RUGS.KY and then grew it organically to meet the perceived needs in the market. As a relatively new and small business, I honestly like to be involved in all aspects while we continue to grow. Providing an enjoyable shopping experience and excellent customer service are really important to me. I have a great relationship with my customers and it’s really fun connecting with customers from the days when we ran our children’s store. I have developed a good feel for the types of products and furniture that our customers are looking for and obviously a big part of my role is sourcing outstanding products at great prices.
RL: Tell us about the different services you offer.
PB: We do everything from helping customers select a rug, right up to drawing an entire home in AutoCAD and putting a furniture package together to suit the customer’s needs and budget.
RL: Tell us about the unique brands you offer.
PB: EQ3 is undoubtedly one of our key brands and is exclusive to Living.ky here in Cayman.
EQ3 offer a wonderful selection of upholstered goods, with a lovely selection of fabrics, styles and layout options. I am also really excited about some new and exclusive brands that we
have coming soon, all at great prices and many products will be in stock for quick delivery. Our customers can follow us on social media and check out our website for the latest news and products.
RL: What is your signature style?
PB: We are all about living comfortably! Products for busy lifestyles that you, your kids and furry friends won’t be worried about using and living on. My wife Susie sums Living.ky up perfectly: "Living stylishly, living comfortably, living affordably."
RL: Describe some of your favourite projects.
PB: The smallest of projects are important to us, such as helping a customer select one affordable rug that brings the room to life – but taking a blank slate or empty space, whether a single room, patio or entire house, and creating a space for a family to enjoy and live comfortably in, is very rewarding indeed.
RL: What is your favourite room to design?
PB: I am currently working on some amazing outdoor spaces that I am having a lot of fun with. I love the outdoors and if I had to choose, these projects would be my favourite.
RL: What inspires your design?
PB: Our customers and the way they live.
RL: What items are worth spending more on?
PB: A comfortable sofa, especially a sofa bed.
RL: Are there any recommendations you have for clients before they come to see you?
PB: For big projects, we recommend you schedule an appointment, bring your floor plans and/or photos and dimensions if you have them.
PAUL'S TOP TEN
Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Artist: Zoe Blount
Colour combo: Shades of blue
Piece of furniture: The Arie Chair by EQ3
Holiday: Lake Burton, Georgia, with my family
Food/ vice: Carrot cake
Charity: Cayman’s ARK – I really admire and respect the phenomenal work that Tara Nielsen does for the disadvantaged in our local community.
Design tool: My Pantone Cotton Passport
Travel item: Bose Noise Cancelling Earphones
Can’t live without: My beautiful wife and three gorgeous children.