Ambiance Interiors Celebrates 40 Years in Business

(left to right) Kathryn Long, Tessa Eaton, Melissa Moore, Wayne Caldwell and Linda Constable / Donated photo

On Oct. 12, Ambiance Interiors, Asheville’s longest standing interior design firm, will celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Ambiance holds a unique place in Asheville’s design history. The brainchild of Kathryn Long, ASID, Ambiance was formed in 1977 as an offshoot of Sluder Furniture Company.  Sluder’s was started in 1905, and bought from the Sluder family by Kathryn’s father, Ray Long, in 1964.

Kathyrn was the first ASID professional member in Asheville. She is also the only Asheville interior designer to have won thirteen Design Excellence Awards from Carolinas Chapter, ASID. Ambiance was the first Asheville interior design firm with three designers: Kathryn, Linda Constable, and Tessa Eaton, Allied ASID.  It is also the only Asheville design firm to have been in business forty years.

From its downtown location at 23-29 Broadway, Ambiance moved in 2009 to a house designed by Richard Sharp Smith, located at 189 East Chestnut St.  During good economic times and bad, Ambiance Interiors, having embraced changing times and adapted to volatile markets, has remained Asheville’s premier design firm. 

“Over the years, Ambiance Interiors has been fortunate to work in over a thousand homes and businesses, literally helping clients to create the Asheville and WNC community,” said Wayne Caldwell, business manager of Ambiance.

To celebrate its 40 years in business, Ambiance has launched a new website, The designers are happy to work on projects large and small. They can be contacted through their website or by calling 828-253-9403.

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for seven years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.