Ann Pate opened her first interior design business nearly 40 years ago because she wanted to use her creative talents to help others create beautiful spaces. Originally from Henderson, KY, Ann opened for business there in 1979. In the late 1990s, Ann recognized a golden opportunity to expand into the Evansville market; founding SugarBakers Home Fashions on the city’s burgeoning east side.
Ann is an expert seamstress and one of very few in the Tri-State with the ability to create custom draperies. Her grandmother was also an excellent seamstress, and her father was very talented at creating custom draperies and reupholstering furniture. Hard work and experience along with natural talent serve as Ann’s résumé. “Even as a child, my creativity found its outlet in design. I was constantly arranging and rearranging my small bedroom,” Ann recalls fondly.