Hello and welcome to Karen Savage Design located between Goshen and Middlebury Indiana--which is rural Elkhart County. I'm so glad you stopped by! And yes, after 30 years, I still love coming home! We live in a 1300 square foot, 120 year old farmhouse in the middle of Amish country. Take a look around our bucolic old farmstead. Enjoy our home renovation, a garden tour, and learn all my professional interior design helps as well as some personal stories. All the stories of how my house became a home.
Is your home representative of the real you? If not, what's keeping you from making it so? Are you receiving the proper interior design knowledge to pull it together correctly or are you overwhelmed with all the possibilities and don't know where to start? HGTV makes it look easy but the reality is creating a home or space that supports your dreams and goals takes focus, time, skill, discipline, money and knowledge. If you lack any of those, your costly project will be compromised.
Because here's the truth. Successful interior design is hard! It's not about shopping for pretty! It's about creating a functional and meaningful work of art that represents you and your values. This means you need to follow a proven process in order to eliminate typical design mistakes based on misconceptions.
There are a lot of misconceptions about how to create successful design and a lot of holes to trip you up. I know this first hand. You see, I've failed a lot! Including my first try at design classes as a freshman in college and I believed the Professor when he told me I didn't have what it takes to become a successful designer - you can read that story here. Fifteen years later I proved him wrong by returning to college and graduating top of my interior design class.
If you've been trying to create a beautiful home that is representative of you, your values & your lifestyle but feel frustrated with mistakes or overwhelmed with the details, I'm here to help by teaching you how to design properly! Shopping without a purpose is not a good use of my time, my style is simple (you'll find me in jeans and comfortable shoes) and I don't sell product (because that is not design). But God gave me a gift and told me to glorify Him by using it to help others. So, because this service wasn't available to me when I needed it, I feel called to help others. So, I sell my design expertise, experience, education & mad design skills to help savvy DIY designers as and when they need me (If you can't afford a design work session, please visit my blog for general design help or sign up for my monthly newsletters below), so they can complete their projects themselves without the grief and expensive mistakes I've already made.
My clients are creative geniuses who value good design, their time, their money and the benefits of making intentional big picture decisions to avoid costly design mistakes. They either have no idea where to start, get stuck in the process or don't have time to make sense of or create a professional, cohesive, beautiful composition with all the right details. I've been there! You can read my story and calling here. They also choose to be involved in their design project so they can save money, control the outcome, and claim bragging rights (because team work makes the dream work)! So, I come along beside them and teach them what they need to know, analyze what's not working or shepherd them through the process.
To my knowledge, I am the only award winning, educated, experienced professional interior designer doing this. Maybe that is why I am also the highest rated.
I LOVE DOING DESIGN DIFFERENTLY!
I graduated top of my interior design class in 2002 (finally!) My interior design concepts have won numerous design awards and I provide years of practical design experience to my clients. So no matter where you live or what your style or what type of design project you face, whether a home or place of business, from refreshing a tired space to creating a unique lifestyle, I work with clients near and far - personally to help them create beautiful, meaningful & purpose driven spaces better than the could on their own.