Karen developed design ideas and design drawings; recommended tradesmen, color schemes, furniture, appliances, lighting configurations, etc.; for renovation of our first floor. The complete project from concept to completion took about one year. Although Karen's design strengths seem to lie in contemporary decor and popular configurations, she was able to provide solid assistance for our Early American tastes. We had several designers visit us for preliminary ideas with our renovation, the most spectacular change being to allow a kitchen and living room to "communicate" by eliminating a goodly part of the wall separating them. Her idea was the best - a 3 ft x 12 ft opening between the rooms with a flat, large sill which was both decorous and practical. She helped select new and larger windows for both living and dining rooms, and suggested a different wood stove placement in the family room to provide greater room utility. She designed four built-in shelf/cabinet combos for living, family, and powder rooms, and a wall-to-wall bench with under-seat storage for the breakfast room. She provided alternate ceiling finish configurations (bead board, etc) and assisted us with trim design. She assisted with paint color selection, tile selection and purchase, and lighting design and fixture purchases. She was able to obtain a designer's discount from suppliers at no cost. While Karen provided us with decor configurations that she felt were best, she was very sensitive to our tastes and style, and did not push particular ideas, but was able to modify as we wished. During the year in which she worked with us, Karen was at once professional, accommodating, and friendly - a true delight to deal with. She was tactful in her handling of clear differences in taste and style that existed between my wife and me, and was helpful in nudging us to a meeting of the minds. Karen was reasonably flexible on scheduling meetings and visits and was always punctual. My wife and I give her a strong recommendation.