My earliest memory of decorating was when I decided to paint a brass bed with white wall paint that I found in the basement at the age of ten when my Dad was out planting. The thought of asking permission didn't cross my mind, nor did the fact that the brass bed may have more value without 3 coats of paint on it. My Dad was not entirely happy but didn't make a "mountain out of a molehill" - a term I love to use. "
Tricia grew up on a farm in Biggsville, IL, with her father, Ray Fogarty. Most of her earlier jobs included baling hay, moving livestock and destasseling corn. While going to college she worked at Larry Baker Decorating in Monmouth, IL for four years selling flooring, paint, wallpaper and more.
After graduating with a degree in Accounting and Business Administration she quickly learned that sales and the design world were her cup of tea - not sitting in a cubical with a calculator at a CPA firm.
So she spent nearly 9 years as a sales representative for Graber Window coverings in outside sales calling on designers, stores and individuals - all valuable exposure for what was to come.
After leaving her rep. position Tricia started "Dabney Designs" Primarily focused on selling window coverings for 7 years. Lord only knows how many blinds, shapes and window coverings she has measured and installed over the years but guessing over 5,000... she is commonly seen in a tool belt. All three of her sons are very skilled in this as well and her son Pearson, at the age of 14 taught one of the store's gals Tracy Waight how to install blinds.
In 2010, she did her first turnkey beach home, using “chippy paint” furniture, reclaimed lumber and designed the home with a mixture of vintage and new - tattered and chic. The end product was well received and began what would be the most rewarding, challenging, and blessed career - one in which her clients entrusted in her the design and look of their homes - many of them with little to no involvement.
Gratitude is an understatement, for over the course of 5 years; the single mom surpassed all expectations, found her passion and completed over 50 projects. Throughout the process she searched for and collected a bunker crop of resources, vendors, suppliers as well as vintage pieces stored in her barn. She attended Las Vegas, Atlanta and Dallas Markets as well as many trips to seek out vintage one of a kind pieces that all proved to be part of a greater plan, the basis for High Cotton - like her Nana would say - "further down the road we'll know more about it." Or, even better - "the proof will be in the pudding"
Tricia married Jim Kothmann in 2015 and together they have five sons. Mason Kothmann 25 is earning his masters in International Business, Connor Kothmann, 21 is employed by his father, Kothmann Enterprises building custom homes in the hill country, Kale Dabney, 21 is studying Mechanical Engineering at A&M Corpus, Lake Dabney, 20 - at 6'7" and left handed is in his second year pitching for Mizzou, and the youngest Pearson is 16 and soon to be a Junior at Wimberley High. Every one of these boys and Jim have assembled, hauled, moved, painted, installed and carried more furniture, bedding, fabrics, lamps and antique furniture than most men would care to admit.
With Tricia and Dabney Designs experiencing growth in the Hill Country and surrounding area it became apparent that this would be a perfect time to "make hay while the sun shines" ---and to help those close to her home create a soft place to fall in their own homes. She is so proud of all the work put in thus far and blessed with the love and support of her family and can’t wait for this new adventure that is High Cotton Home & Design.