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Hi, I'm Brianna. I started Kindred Home back in 2014 out of the kitchen in my San Diego apartment. Since then I am often asked how this business came to be and the truth is that it happened very organically. The journey began when I left my job in the nonprofit world with a vision to start a company of my own. I grew up on construction sites and in my parents' offices, and a part of me always knew that one day I'd start a business that expressed my love of home and the things that connect us. Over the years I've lived in four different states (MA, CA, NC & NY), and I love creating things that bring us comfort and joy no matter where we are.

When the opportunity to learn candle making presented itself it didn't take long to discover how much it suited me. Kindred launched on December 14, 2014, at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, in Pasadena. On my way to the event I stopped to get flowers for my booth and left with my first wholesale order from San Diego's premiere florist. 

While we have since launched a host of additional lifestyle products our candles are still the cornerstone of the Kindred brand. Our candles are all hand-poured at our studio in Rochester, New York. We use 100% soy wax blended in small batches with clean fragrance oils and natural wicks for a cozy, ethereal glow. Every single candle is hand poured and hand labeled. We are proud to make a product that is beautiful, sustainable, and 100% made in the USA. 

I live with my husband, Mike, our son Liam, and three pets, in a 1950's colonial on Rochester's east side. I love romantic comedies, fresh flowers, et tout ce qui est français.

twenty things about me

    1. Favorite board game? Scrabble
    2. Celebrity crush? Zac Efron
    3. East Coast or West Coast? West Coast (I left my heart in San Diego)!
    4. Favorite TV show? This one is tough. The Golden Girls. The Office. Frasier. Damages.
    5. Coffee order? Pumpkin Spice Latte
    6. Superhero power? Flight
    7. Favorite Nora Ephron film? You've Got Mail
    8. Current song on repeat? Think About Things by Da∂i Freyr. Love Me Less by Quinn XCII. 
    9. Woman you most admire? Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Michelle Obama. 
    10. If you weren’t running Kindred you’d be…It's no coincidence that the women I most admire are lawyers. I've always thought about going to law school, so perhaps a lawyer.
    11. Go to recipe? Zuppa Toscana: a creamy gnocchi soup with kale & spicy impossible "meat" (we're pescatarians).
    12. Morning or night? Night
    13. If you could live anywhere else, where would it be? The Netherlands
    14. Favorite color? Ivory
    15. Favorite book?I could never pick just one. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruis Zafon. The Ties That Bind And Gagby Erma Bombeck. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. The list goes on and on...
    16. What was your first job after college? I was a French teacher at a Montessori school in Massachusetts.
    17. Where do you want to travel next? Not being able to travel due to the coronavirus pandemic has us all feeling a little bit of cabin fever, right?! We have a long list of places we want to share with Liam once it's safe to travel again. Mike proposed to me in Paris, so probably Paris!
    18. Favorite city? Annecy
    19. Summer or winter? Summer
    20. Favorite item in your home? Everything in Liam's room.

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