On the Clock: Kelly Smith | SummitDaily.com

On the Clock: Kelly Smith

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Kelly Smith, Merchandiser.

Dillon Valley resident Kelly Smith tends to bring her work home with her. As the new merchandiser at Brooks Furniture in Silverthorne, Smith artfully arranges the furniture on the showroom floor and is responsible for creating the store’s flower arrangements. She also does the designing in her own house, where she and her husband, Brent, are in the process of remodeling.”We started by just wanting to replace the railing,” Smith said. “But then we realized if we did the railing, we’d have to do the flooring. And if we did the flooring, we’d have to do the fireplace. And if we did the fireplace, we’d want to replace the ceiling. It’s like opening a Pandora’s box.”Smith said she runs into a similar effect at work. If she moves one piece of furniture, she has to rearrange everything else to make all the pieces fit.

“I get to design. I get to create. It’s so much fun. I love the before and after; that’s probably my favorite part.”What do you find most challenging about your work?”Trying to find a spot for everything is definitely the most challenging. Once I start moving things, I might end up with one item that doesn’t have a place. Not everything is a perfect fit.”

“I have always had a love for art and anything that has to do with color. Plus, I love the challenge, the thrill of the hunt. It’s exciting to me. With the floral arranging, it’s putting the color and textures together.”What brought you to Summit County?”My husband’s job. (Brent) is the pastor of One Community Church, which meets at the movie theater in Dillon.”

“We’re either remodeling the house, taking trips or working in the church. My husband and I love to travel. (Where we go) usually depends on how much time we have. We love to go to new places.”What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?”I’ve always been a tomboy, climbing trees and all that. (It’s) probably because I love the outdoors.”

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