Karen Andrea Interior Design
About this pro
Because I design products and textiles and have worked with many manufacturers and suppliers, I have a unique understanding of materials, and how furniture and textiles and fabrics are made. As an artist, while function is always important, I think outside the box, and develop solutions for a space that my customers may not see. Working with people, developing a plan with them, making wise choices to achieve beautiful results that my customers love.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I do a free consultation and come see the projects at the home. Then we discuss their budget and prioritize the projects and list on design agreement. Once they review the agreement I take a small deposit against the agreed budget. I start working on the projects. I find photos pieces I think will work and present them with pricing and samples of needed in a meeting. Customer decides what they like and I take 60% to place order. Once items arrive and are placed,
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Bachelors or Art Degree, Art Studio, UC Santa Barbara Interior Design Certification from Interior Designers Institute, IDI, Newport Beach, CA Art Director for both ad agency and software company for 8 years Designed, manufactured and marketed Room Magic ®, my own line of award-winning childrens furniture, textiles and accessories Owner of Graphic Design business
- How did you get started doing this type of work?I began in graphic design, which evolved to designing and importing products and home goods for children, and that evolved into residential interiors