Transforming homes and gardens has been a 25 year passion and a profession for Barbie Tafel. Well known throughout Louisville and Kentucky, Barbie offers landscape/exterior services ranging from hourly consultations to full-service contracting.
Because clients often contacted Barbie for help to create or improve the “curb appeal” when they were in the process of buying and selling homes, she recently decided to pair her exterior design services with the exciting process of assisting clients in their quests for a new home to buy, or staging an existing home to sell. For Barbie’s clients, it is the perfect match of skill, energy and talent.
Barbie brings to the equation an ability to help her clients to see the potential in their homes. As a writer and Garden Editor for Kentucky Homes and Gardens, along with articles published in Southern Living, Today’s Woman, The New York Times, and Underwired, Barbie has been afforded the opportunity to write about some of the finest homes and gardens throughout the South. She has had commissions to design exterior spaces in Florida, California , North Carolina, Tennessee, Chicago, Rhode Island, Washington DC, France, Italy, and Mexico.
A native Louisvillian, Barbie attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia and played on both the tennis and field hockey teams. She graduated with Honors from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Political Science and was an officer of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. As a tennis instructor with the Metro Parks Department and Coordinator of the Louisville International Tennis Classic for several years, Barbie was responsible for personnel, marketing, advertising, printing and sales. She continues to play competitively on USTA and River City tennis teams and an avid paddle tennis player.
Barbie’s 3 adult children, live on waters far from home. All 3 are licensed boat captains in totally different capacities from Coast Guard Officer on a 110’ USCGC cutter to private boat captain to sailing instructor and competitive racer.
Anyone who knows Barbie recognizes that she loves Louisville and is fully invested in the community. Over the years, she has been involved in the Olmstead Conservancy, St Francis School, St Xavier, Sacred Heart Academy, The Glenview Garden Club and Kilgore garden tours, Home of the Innocents, Mint Jubilee and Derby Divas: a cause close to her heart… breast cancer.
Barbie enjoys meeting new people and takes great pride in connecting them to her extensive network of friends and family enmeshed in numerous neighborhood communities throughout town! She is energized by assisting clients in the process of buying and selling houses, with the ultimate goal of helping them create homes and lifestyles that suit their individual needs.