Transforming your living experience from the ordinary to extraordinary!       Karen Mills' blog

As the former host of the long running interior design show Living Large I believe its important to connect with you in an authentic way, to create an unforgettable journey of discovery and adventure, as we help you interpret the story of your home or business and transform your living experience from the ordinary to extraordinary! Our national award winning architectural interior design firm (residential/commercial)  specializes in creating timeless spaces that are warm and inviting, but also reflect your personal style.   We specialize in the design of one of a kind  bespoke interiors with an inviting timeless appeal that often include a dramatic flair. We provide a full range of interior design services from custom design builds, remodeling, and space planning to color consultations, custom design furnishings, and specialty services, including boutique closet design. Our award winning interior design projects span the U.S./abroad and we provide exclusive access to thousands of designer only furnishings from furniture and decor to window coverings, rugs, and more at wholesale cost plus pricing. Every home has a story.  Maybe its time to tell yours. Call 913.764.5915 now or email to find out more.   TOP 3 REASONS TO HIRE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER (continued below)                  Karen Mills' blog          Karen Mills' blog   Transitional meets traditional in this international mix of original sourced artwork, custom designed furnishings, and one of a kind antique European furniture that perfectly melds the personalities of both homeowners.   1.AVOID COSTLY MISTAKES – By hiring an interior designer before you begin your project, you can avoid hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in costly mistakes from  architecture/construction and poor paint color choices to the wrong size/type of furnishings. (continued below)  

 Karen Mills' blog          “Karen did an excellent job helping us design what we had envisioned for our piano room. She provided great ideas & resources at what ever level of help we wanted from her.  Sometimes we wanted her to do the legwork, sometimes going with us to look for items, or sometimes just emailing pictures for her opinion.”  homeowner                                    Karen Mills' blog   “As a songwriter, there are words to me that just flow together; chords and notes that in mind naturally should follow. I look at a room like this and it makes me think of the art behind the music. With the room, I can’t figure out how she does it, but when she does, you kind of stand back and think, “Wow! Yeah, that’s it! How did she do that?” So yes Karen, you are an artist at work and we love seeing the magic when it’s all done. Thank you for sharing!  M. Bascue   2. ACCESS TO DESIGNER ONLY FURNISHINGS AT BELOW RETAIL Most reputable interior design firms will offer furnishings at a wholesale cost plus or discount pricing, making designer only furnishings for a custom look more affordable.                           Karen Mills' blog     Karen Mills' blog

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3. INCREASE OF HOME’S RESALE VALUE  Beautifully designed homes sell for more because their professionally designed interiors increase their perceived value.                               Karen Mills' blogKaren Mills' blog   If you think its expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur!  Red Adair The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.  Benjamin Franklin   3 MUST HAVES WHEN SELECTING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER (continued below)Karen Mills' blog         Karen Mills[   WHAT CLIENTS SAY… What a wonderful experience! Every time we enter the new spaces it brings peace and calm.  Your interior design talent has enhanced the quality of our life and you are truly one of kind.  Calvin Brown Love how you listen to us!  Dr. Manroe The work you do is phenomenal!  Ann Hyde Transformed my Home.  Looks like it should be featured in a  magazineDana. Ketterling (American Chamber of  Commerce Executives) Absolutely an artist! One of the most  interesting spaces in the Show house.  Marti.Miller – (Pres.- Symphony Designers Showhouse) You’re dead on with all your advice!  I’m money ahead by not making the wrong purchases.  Marguerite Schrage Choosing a designer for a home project, whether detailing new construction, redecorating a home, or staging for a successful sale is more than product-knowledge. The key ingredient for me is chemistry!”  Karen’s enthusiasm matches her talents. It is no wonder that when Karen talks, we ALL listen!  Karen Mills has my highest recommendation!  Suzy Goldstein People were driving by, slowing down.  It (exterior paint colors) turned out really great!  Melissa Davis

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Your visit to my home was absolutely delightful and inspiring.  I so enjoyed spending time with you and seeing my surroundings through your eyes–along with visions of what they *could* be.  J. Scherer  ..thrilled with the way the shades turned out.  They are perfect!  Tanna Guthrie You were so laid back and relaxed about things, your style really puts people at ease. C. Zook You were just fabulous Amber Segalo Sense of color was magical!..more than fun…you are the best!” Marguerite Schrage Love the new decor!  (custom bedding) Gives the room more life!  Dr. Anne R.   Karen Mills' blog

…her sense of color gave me paint colors that actually worked the way I had hoped. She had great practical advice, ideas and resources that saved me money and gave me the home I wanted!  Marguerite  Thank you so much!  You definitely have a gift!  Sharon     

Karen Mills' blog     Karen Mills' blog The things she showed me and the ideas she presented were and are absolutely amazing. I am so incredibly glad I chose to work with her. She’s top notch for sure!   Abby N. You listened and helped me tweak my ideas instead of pushing your own design style!  Janene H. You don’t know how others see you, but if you did you could move mountains!  Kathy B I really enjoyed your ideas and hope to use you throughout the project!  Jan B. I have a secret passion: to experience people in their true calling, and it was a pleasure being with you doing something you were obviously meant to do!”  homeowner If you need advice on which designer to use, ask me! Karen Mills gives a fresh look at your house with great ideas for making it POP!! Carol Thomas   .

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Karen Mills' blog  Karen Mills' blog   Interior decorators are worth every penny…will save you time and money!  Donald Trump 3 MUST HAVES WHEN SELECTING AN INTERIOR DESIGNER 1. Credible Quality Firm Registered with state Liability insurance Quality website Qualified as a professional – check credentials   2. Budget/Expenses   Clarify your overall budget Determine scope of work Have designer clarify pricing structure -  flat fee, by the hour, cost plus, percent off retail or a combination.  Products often marked up 100-300% or more if no agreement is made beforehand.   3. Communication Ensure you can establish good two way conversation before hiring. Clarify the designer is willing to work with your style preferences Sign a contract for larger interior design projects.     Karen Mills' blog   14Digital StillCamera  Digital StillCamera Interiors by Design, Inc. firm provides a full range of services from design builds, remodels and overall design schemes to space planning, color consults, and artwork selection for  both residential and commercial spaces.  Our projects span the U.S/Europe including a variety of venues from a museum exhibit, TV production company, and concept home to an advertising agency, medical offices, coffee shops and more. We provide customized design services to meet your needs whether you want us to handle the complete design/install of your project from beginning to end (including custom furnishings, drapes, rugs etc), or just provide a road map to get you started.   Karen Mills' blog

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