Karen A. Kitowski, ASID
"My enjoyment comes from putting beauty into my client's dreams."
I have had many years of experience of educating and stimulating my clients, enhancing their surroundings, and fullfilling their needs, hopes, and dreams.
Testimonials from my clients and associates:
The Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, United States Supreme Court Justice:
"My finished chamber is very beautiful. The result of your design is splendid. You have the best sense of color of any designer I know."
"We have been impressed with Karen's creativity, style, and detail in design. Karen's fabulous shoe store interior allowed our lighting design to win the National Edison Award for Best use of Low Voltage Lighting in the United States."
Jim Benya, Former CEO, Luminae Souter Lighting Design
"It is a refreshing difference to work with such a gifted designer. Your sense of color and cutting edge design techniques make you a step ahead of the curve. The color life you bring to a project is an exhilarating change of pace."
Bill Walker, owner Guaranteed Painting
"We are gasping with pleasure. What you have done is incredible."
Harriette and Joe Shakes
Projects include remodeling and new construction for single family residences, high-rise homes, and condominiums; club houses; retail stores; medical, business, law offices, and judges chambers. Locations are in Dallas neighborhoods, including Highland Park, University Park, Preston Hollow, Turtle Creek, and uptown; San Francisco Bay area, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Washington D.C., Oregon, Nevada, Malibu, Sacramento Valley, and the California wine country.
Consultation, paint & materials selection, placement of existing furnishings, selection & procurement of all new furnishings items, consultation with architect and contractors, guidance, hand holding.
I have been recognized for:
*Understanding the needs and style direction requested by my client, removing my personal style preference from the project.
*Assuring the clients that I understand what they say and feel, that they are being listened to by me.
*Having an extremely high attention to detail, a critical aptitude for quality control of plans and specifications.
*Believing I can create a beautiful space in any design style.
*Thinking outside of the box to come up with unusual solutions.
*Thinking spacially like an architect in creating with approprate balance and scale.
*Understanding the architectural style and design direction of the structure.
*Designing to complement that style as well as the needs and desires of the clients.
*Having a great sense of color, texture, and pattern. Known as "The Color Expert".
*Being a team player. The architect and the client can set the direction of the project. I am a member of the team.
Awards & Publications
*Ashley Publishing Group, regional and national interior design contest:
3 Regional Gold awards (1st place) for Foyer, Living Room, or Great Room, San Francisco; Library or Study, San Rafael, California; and Decorative Glass and Mirrors, San Francisco.
2 Regional Silver awards (2nd place) for Master Bedroom, San Rafael, California; Bath Design/Construction, San Francisco.
*General Electric: Specifiedlighting concepts to the lighting designer, resulting in winning the Edison Award for Best Use of Low Voltage Lighting in the United States, for Franco Ferrini Shoes, Sacramento California.
*California Council Society American Registered Architects: Merit Award In Recognitions Of Outstanding Contribution In Design for Interior Design of Franco Ferrini Shoes, Sacramento California
*Heritage Kitchens: collaborated with kitchen designer on design concept and finishes winning Best Old World Kitchen Over 150 sq. ft., Redding California.
*Womens Day Magazine: 2nd place, national interior design contest for concept Living/Dining Room.
ASID: Design Ovation award for product design.
*Luxury Homes magazine, The Best of the Best Issue
*Dallas Home Design magazine
*Dallas/Fort Worth Home Book
*Dallas Morning News
*San Francisco Chronicle newspaper
*Sacramento Bee newspaper
*Inside Today's Home college textbook
*Showcase of Interior Design book
*Window Fashions book
*The Best of Lighting Design book
*Lighting Design & Application magazine
*Designers Illustraded magazine
*Better Homes & Gardens magazine
*Designer's West magazine
*Northern Calif. Home & Garden magazine
*Peninsula Magazine (northern California)