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She grew up in a large family, having three brothers and sisters and surrounded by thirty-two cousins and fourteen aunts and uncles. One of her uncles is the late University of Iowa football coach Forest Evashevski.
Katie Brown was educated as an art historian at Cornell University. She also raced on the U.S. Ski Team and had a catering business in Los Angeles.
She opened an antique store and cafe called Goat, which was located in Los Angeles and Mackinac Island, Michigan. Katie has been serving up dime-store domesticity on Lifetime Television's Next Door with Katie Brown since October 1997 and on PBS "Katie Brown Workshop". She has opened her own workshops in Los Angeles, New York, and Bridgehampton.
Katie is married to TV executive and producer William Corbin since November 2003. They had their first child, a daughter named Prentiss, in May 2004. They adopted their second child, a daughter named Meredith, in November 2008.
Katie Brown also has published numerous books on the subjects of cooking, gardening, and decorating: Katie Brown Decorates, Katie Brown Entertains, Katie Brown Weekends, Katie Brown Outdoors, and Katie Brown Celebrates.