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Hi, I'm Brianna. Thanks for stopping by. Kindred Home started out of the kitchen in my San Diego apartment - 7 years ago. We now occupy a 1,000 square foot studio in downtown Rochester, NY. I am often asked how this business came to be and the truth is that it happened very organically. I grew up on commercial construction sites and by the time I was 14 my parents had built four homes for us to live in. Raised by successful entrepreneurs I guess you could say owning a business is the lifestyle I understood. I think I was destined to start a business that expressed my love of home and the things that connect us. 

When the opportunity to learn candle making presented itself it didn't take long to discover how much it suited me and Kindred Home launched on December 14, 2014, at the Rose Bowl Flea Market, in Pasadena. While candles are still the cornerstone of the Kindred brand we are evolving, and 2022 will bring some exciting changes!

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? Vanilla 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. Lucille Ball. 
    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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