Hello and welcome to Karen Savage Design located in Middlebury Indiana--which is rural Elkhart County right in the middle of Amish Country. I'm so glad you stopped by!
Here's what I do with my life--I make the world more beautiful! As an Interior Designer, I do this with the involvement of my clients, first by listening, then by re-imagining, problem solving, planning and creating a design strategy, plan and a vision that reflects their taste and story for both residential and commercial interior design projects. I call this art visual story telling and use design elements instead of words. I also do this by planting gorgeous gardens and by loving my husband, our children and our home. I believe beauty is important because it influences us and then we influence the world.
My mission -- to make the world more beautiful needs to be shared and this is how I do it--by inspiring, encouraging and educating others as their design advocate so they can have fun and save time while they create something beautiful and memorable for themselves and others.
As an interior designer in small town, rural America, design jobs are limited but design 'do overs' are everywhere. When I graduated at the top of my design class, I couldn't even get an internship. So my College Counselor advised me to move to a large city or (because I had a home & family) go solo. So, here I am.
I've been in and out of free lance interior design for over 20 years and was inspired again after discovering the power & purpose of beauty during a Genesis Bible Study in 2012. God's timing is perfect - as the world is becoming more hateful and ugly!
Immediately, the design doors began to swing open and here's what I discovered as I helped others - At first, I felt sad as I listened to their design regrets. So I began to give away 'free' hours to help them fix their design problems (because the truth is good design takes a lot of time). Then I felt distrust and shame toward the trade as most of these stories involved other professionals who had pushed either made up or preconceived 'design rules' just to facilitate a quicker sale. And then I felt sorry as I could totally relate to their confusion and inability to create a beautiful and meaningful home on their own. And then I realized it wasn't anybody's fault and pity wouldn't solve the problem. I understood the real problem was lack of education and experience about what great interior design really is. You see great interior design isn't about following 'design rules', because there isn't any. Great Interior Design is about creating beauty in your home (which then enhances your life) according to your personal experiences, goals and point of view. You won't get that at your local store or from a general contractor or HGTV. I remembered my own struggles while renovating our tiny farmhouse many years earlier and pity changed to parity and then to passion as I am beginning to understand how I can share my beauty to change the world.
I confess that I haven't figured it all out yet.
But I think I've discovered an interior design business model that's a win for everybody,..
Advantages and benefits include:
Professional design services personalized to fit the needs of any project - including custom work
A personal, solid, unified vision in the form of a design plan that can be followed on your own time and budget
A strategic formula that allows you to integrate different styles in a logical way that looks pulled together and makes everyone happy
Confidence to make new purchases and design decisions
Elimination of never ending hourly design fees, sales pressure, surprises, switch and bait tactics, common design mistakes, boring or predictable rooms and costly design do overs.
Beautiful spaces that reflect you, your values and your lifestyle!
Accurate communication and definition of your vision!
Better relationships with everyone involved!
Online tools, including your own private project website, are conveniently used to help bring your vision to life.
Award winning customer service that is committed to getting to know you and your project so your design reflects you.
Control over your results and your project!
My goal is simple--to help others create beautiful spaces better than they could by themselves (and not experience burnout) and the way I do that is by gaining client involvement in their projects, using the internet to reduce design hours and travel time, creating processes to improve efficiencies for repetitive steps and by providing design education and illustrated concepts to avoid design mistakes and misunderstandings.
My clients are savvy design lovers who are busy yet choose to be involved in the design process to save time, money, reduce design do-overs, avoid surprises and claim bragging rights! So, the way I work is by being their design advocate by helping them with the steps that they either don't have time to do or don't feel confident doing themselves. I provide basic fixed fee design packages based on my experience as to how long it takes me to complete a design. However, my basic design packages can be tailored specifically to meet your needs.
Do you want that for your project---then you’re in the right place. I get it, I've been there - and I'm here to help!
I graduated top of my interior design class. My interior design concepts have won numerous design awards and I provide decades of practical design experience to my clients. So no matter what type of interior design project you have, whether a home or place of business, from refreshing a tired space to creating a unique lifestyle, I work with my clients personally to help them create beautiful and meaningful homes better than the could on their own.