Katherine Stern Smith is the mother of 8-year-old Alexa and 5-year-old Annabelle. She and her husband, Doug Smith, moved to Barrington from Los Angeles three years ago. “We think it’s a wonderful place to put down roots,” says Smith, owner of Kate Smith Photography and social media manager for 365 Barrington. In addition to their children’s schools and local church, the family also supports such nonprofit organizations as Compassion International, International Justice Mission, Preemptive Love Coalition, and Charity Water. Here are some of Smith’s favorites from around country and town.
Mantra? “Always we begin again.”
Best grooming tip? Wash your face at night and moisturize. Also, organic rosehip oil works like a small miracle.
Guilty pleasure? Podcasts and interior design books
Favorite foods? Latin and Asian
Music you love? Anything I can dance to in the kitchen with our family
Best advice ever given to you? You become who and what you surround yourself with—choose wisely.
Best advice you’ve given? Make decisions out of your greatest hopes, not your fears. (Advice I need to follow myself.)
Earliest memory? Seeing my younger sister for the first time, just home from the hospital at our house in Central Illinois
When you wake up, you? My daughters crawl into our bed in the morning and we cuddle for a few sweet moments before the day begins.
Before bed, you? Pray, read books, and talk alongside my husband
What’s on your bookshelf? Currently, I’m reading Walking on Water and Glimpses of Grace, both by Madeleine L’Engle. And, Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown. I also finished the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante—excellent.
You can’t live without? My family, faith, new adventures and travel; books and art
Love to escape to? The ocean
Advice you would give to your younger self? Be kind to yourself, keep traveling, and disobey your fears
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Unfussy.
Can’t leave the house without? SPF Umbra Sheer Moisturizer by Drunk Elephant.
Transportation? My legs; I love walking all around the village.
Driving music? Hamilton soundtrack
Place to eat? Egg Harbor for breakfast/lunch and Saganos for dinner
Shop? Winterberry has such unique items. Notice in Barrington has many empowering books and gifts for women and girls.
Best thing about country? The space, pockets of quiet, and the sense of community
Worst thing about country? Lack of diversity
The perfect day is? A family day at home that includes waking up to French roast coffee, playing with my girls in the backyard and garden, enjoying our neighbors, reading, making meals together, and eating on our screened-in porch with some good wine.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Classic with a modern twist
Can’t leave the house without? Small cross-body with necessary items to get around the city
Driving music? Foy Vance and Bon Iver
Place to eat? Anywhere with great ambience, but I especially love dining at The Soho House. I always leave feeling inspired.
Shop? Love walking around discovering new boutiques and vintage shops
Best thing about town? The diverse culture and abundance of opportunities around every corner
Worst thing about town? Crowds and traffic
The perfect day is? Having brunch, a visit to the Art Institute (always a favorite), walking around one of our old city neighborhoods, followed by dinner al fresco and maybe a boat ride with friends on Lake Michigan watching the sunset