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With a global reputation as a forerunner in interior design, Karen Mills is the founder and CEO of Interiors by Design of Leawood, KS, a firm renowned for transforming a client’s living experience into one that engages the senses, nurtures the soul, and provides a healing environment for work or play.  Acting as a trusted advisor Mills and her team help define their client’s style while helping avoid costly mistakes, saving time, and reducing stress. 

Known for her popular celebrity design and lifestyle show Living Large – listed on Wikipedia alongside Martha Stewart Living, Karen Mills has been featured in the news innumerable times. Media coverage includes USA Today, ABC national news, and Elle Decor magazine in addition to two international design books who list Mills as one of the top designers in the world.  

In addition to design and extensive philanthropic work, Karen pens an award-winning blog read by subscribers in over 130 countries and has been a media spokesperson for big brands like Sherwin Williams, Kohler, GE, and Ferguson.  Mills is also a media personality, internationally published writer, and recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious national 2021 Enterprising Women of the Year for her fast-growth business, mentoring women, and standing out as a leader in their community.

Karen attributes her interior design firm’s success to extensive experience – more than 1300 interior design projects, an amazing team, highly proficient resources, and an innate ability to create nurturing spaces.


The Enterprising Women of the Year Awards is widely considered one of the most prestigious recognition programs for women business owners in the U.S. and globally. To win, nominees must demonstrate that they have fast-growth businesses, mentor or actively support other women and girls involved in entrepreneurship, and stand out as leaders in their communities. Many of the honorees also serve as leaders of the key organizations that support the growth of women’s entrepreneurship.

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