What Its About

Luxury, Quality, Integrity. At Adorned Homes we strive for creating a lifestyle. A lifestyle that promotes ease of daily living and beauty in your surroundings. Our clients lifestyle is the first thought in the home we find and create. Best said by Coco Chanel “Luxury has to be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury.”, our goal is to create a home that provides function as well as beauty.

Many people have a hard time finding a home that hits every mark on their “wish” list. We specialize in working with real estate clients looking to purchase a home and then renovate to make it their own. With over 10 years in the industry, Dan and Katie’s combined knowledge of kitchen & bath design, real estate investments and construction are one in their own.

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About Katie Kurtz

Katie Kurtz is a Realtor at Engel & Völkers Minneapolis and owner of the boutique design & renovation firm Adorned Homes.

Design has always been a huge part of my life. Real estate & interior design, in particular, have been my main interest and now career.


A person’s surroundings is the basis of how they feel in their daily lives which has driven me to pursue my career in real estate and renovation, I want to help people create the lifestyle they dream of! I have been able to travel around the world and had the wonderful opportunity to see different architecture and how other people live(not always luxurious).  Which has made me realize how lucky we Americans are,  we have the world at our finger tips! There are thousands of design options out there for people to create a home they love. From home decor stores, hardware stores, department stores, internet……….the options are endless! Most people just need a little guidance in order to make their vision a reality and guidance is what I give.

From a young age, maybe even before I was born, I was hard wired to thrive on creativity. My parents built and designed EVERYTHING themselves. My mom tiled, wallpapered, painted, reupholstered, and landscaped her way
through life carrying my brothers and me into future careers in design. My brother, Jamie, works in carpentry. The other, Brent,  is a design engineer. My dad (who can build and fix anything) paved the way for my “do it yourself” mentality.

I always knew my future husband would be somewhat of a handyman(for lack of a better term)! Oddly enough, we met in grade school. Our relationship began in the summer of 2003, before my second year of college at the University of MN Duluth. Dan is the epitome of my “handyman” ideal. Quiet, humble, and very good meticulous with his work! He is a licensed Master Plumber and has worked for his dads company, Glacier Plumbing, for 15 years. Glacier has an outstanding reputation in the construction community, working exclusively for a handful of premier builders in the Twin Cities area. Plumbing 50+ luxury homes each year, they stay very busy! He has been my partner in crime in renovating houses since we were the young age of 21.

For the past 12 years Dan and I have been purchasing and remodeling investment homes, getting our start by doing all of the work almost primarily on our own. Following in my parents foot steps, I have spent the majority of those 11 years tearing out carpet, painting, tiling, and working hard! Somewhere I found time to attend school for Kitchen & Bath Design and become a licensed realtor with Engel & Völkers. Between Dan’s expertise in the construction field and my expertise in design & home sales we have been able to produce high quality homes and measurable profits! This all led to us competing on the FYI Networks featured renovation show Rowhouse Showdown, hosted by tv personality and carpenter, Carter Oosterhouse!

There is no instant gratification but the end result is a feeling of accomplishment that is hard to find. Watching your old, outdated house turn into something beautiful is one of the most rewarding feelings I have had thus far in my life. Now I find myself helping my clients achieve this in their own homes. Most of you can relate to this feeling of accomplishment from a home project, to some degree. Even a project as small as painting a room can be extremely rewarding if it turned out perfect, for those of you who have painted a room and thought “Oh nooo, I hate it!” this site is for you!

I hope you can use my expertise, stories and photos to help your design and real estate endeavors to be everything you imagined! If you need more assistance than a DIY guide, contact me to see how I can help with your home purchase and renovation!