With construction in her blood and design in her heart, Real Estate Agent Kelsey Caputo has expanded her business portfolio to include interior design. Tight Lines Interior Design offers full design services from floor plan renderings to furniture plans and concepts to selections.
Kelsey was born and raised in the Keys to a long line of contractors. Her grandfather was the first marine contractor in the area, building roads, and her parents own an electrical contracting business. Her parents also have a lot of experience in real estate, flipping dozens of houses throughout Kelsey’s childhood.
At only 18 years old, Kelsey got her real estate license and at 21, her general contractor’s license. At first, the licenses were more for helping her parents with their flips, but they evolved into a thriving real estate business and now into a full-service design company.
“Tight Lines focuses on interior design, but if we need to knock down walls to achieve the best design, I’m fully capable of making that happen as a G.C.,” Kelsey explains. “I grew up laying tile, painting, and using tools, so I know what it takes to get the job done, and I have the connections to do it.”
Even though she is only in her early twenties, Kelsey is no stranger to professional success. As mentioned, she is a well-known real estate agent in the Keys, but that’s not all the young entrepreneur has accomplished.
At 18 years old, around the same time she earned her real estate license, Kelsey also launched a luxury swimwear line. Kadan Swimwear is a recognizable brand in the Keys that has national clientele. Kelsey recently hired a sales manager to help run operations as she focuses on Tight Lines Interior Design.
At first, she saw real estate and design as two different parts of herself. But as time passed, she realized she could meld the two worlds together. Tight Lines is the perfect convergence of who Kelsey is and what she excels at, bringing her creative and constructive sides together.
“Swimwear was my first creative outlet, and I really enjoy it, but I have discovered my real passion is interior design,” Kelsey says and adds with a laugh, “I went from being an annoyed kid on my parents’ job sites to wanting to manage my own. It’s funny how we follow our parents’ footsteps but in our own way.”
Kelsey is close to her family and her boyfriend, spending a lot of time fishing, traveling, or just lounging on the boat together. Growing up in the Keys has undoubtedly given her a unique design perspective. She has a very coastal modern design aesthetic, specializing in creating relaxed spaces with a vacation feel. However, she serves a range of customers and styles, making each design entirely unique to the client.
“I love finding unique items that speak specifically to a client, things that nobody else has,” Kelsey shares. She gets to know her clients well to cater to their personalities and lifestyle and loves unexpected challenges.
Tight Lines Interior Design studio is off Mile Marker 99, where clients can meet with Kelsey and review samples. Though, she mostly meets with clients and works on-site at their homes. Her hands-on approach ensures all ideas work well in the space.
As Kelsey Caputo’s design and real estate empire continues to grow, one thing will always stay the same: the Keys is her home. Whether through luxury swimwear or luxurious interiors, the Keys lifestyle is part of who she is and what she wants to share most with her clientele.
– Jerrica Mah is a writer, army wife, and freelance book editor, who loves to travel with her family.