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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 every home we lived in. After growing up like that, 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 in 2014 at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena. While candles are still the cornerstone of the Kindred brand the business is evolving and I am excited for the changes that 2022 will bring!

I live with my husband, Mike, our sons Liam & Henry, and a small menagerie of pets in a 1950's colonial on Rochester's east side. I love romantic comedies, fresh flowers, and everything French!

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? Island Song by Zac Brown Band
    9. Woman you most admire? Lucille Ball. My Mom!
    10. If you weren’t running Kindred you’d be… a French teacher (my first post-graduate job)
    11. Go to recipe? Zuppa Toscana: a creamy gnocchi soup with kale & spicy sausage
    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. Favorite Memory? When my husband proposed to me under the twinkling lights of the Eiffel Tower in 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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