Total loan: $8,500


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Chicago, IL, United States / Retail

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Kabria's story

Born and raised in Chicago, I have loved interior decorating since I was a child. My parents Sam and Ella Cummings and my cousin Thea were the catalysts for this everlasting love affair. However, I had no idea that our shared passion would grow into a business – decades later. My parents were a dynamic design duo who sewed, reupholstered furniture and collected art from far-flung places. As a young girl, I devoured my mom’s issues of Elle Décor and Architectural Digest. I was her sidekick when she visited fabric and furniture stores or shopped for art at artisan markets. Wherever we went, I was happy to participate in the process of decorating our home. My cousin Thea was also a great influence. She toured the world as a professional dancer and always brought home beautiful artisanal gifts from her travels. She had a great sense of style and I loved perusing Pier 1 Imports with her whenever she was in town. Although I loved interiors, I sought a career in graphic design – my second love. I received a B.A. in Arts Management from Columbia College and a master’s degree in Journalism (publication design) from Roosevelt University. After college, I worked as a graphic designer and marketing coordinator for 10 ½ years before my world caved in on me. My parents died two months apart. I ended a relationship, had a surgery to remove an ovarian cyst, and was laid off from my job. This all happened in a three-year period. Devastated, I took a gap year to heal. During that year, I had an epiphany about what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I wanted to travel, source global art, decorate interiors and help the less fortunate. This is why I founded Global Attic.