Karen C Wirrig Karen C. Wirrig, FIFDA, is the founder and owner of Karen Cole Designs, an interior design firm providing services to homeowners, boutique hospitality, and professional offices.  The company opened in 1996 in Phoenix, Arizona and in 2005 established an office in Carlsbad, California to serve San Diego County. The company has completed projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Oregon.  Her work has been featured in local magazines and newspapers and Karen's expertise is often sought by national shelter publications.

A new service was introduced in 2005 when Karen Cole Designs began offering a complete Condo Furnishings Package designed for the second home buyers in the Scottsdale/San Diego areas.  This package includes all the basic furnishings a homeowner would need to enjoy their new vacation home at a fixed price, based on condo size, including furniture and accessories, bed and bath linens, kitchen supplies, and basic electronics as well as all freight, delivery, and tax.  This program is being marketed to the realty sales professionals of new and converted condo projects.

An active member of the Arizona Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association since 1997, in 2005 Karen was elected to a three year term as Director at Large on the International Board of Directors.  Karen credits IFDA with bringing value to her design practice by providing continuing education and vendor information while introducing her to incredible colleagues.

In September, 2006, Karen C. Wirrig was awarded the prestigious distinction of Fellow by the International Furnishings and Design Association.  Fellows status is awarded to those members in recognition of outstanding service both to the Association and civic, educational, and industry contributions.

Karen served on the IFDA Council of Presidents in 2000 during her term as Arizona Chapter President as well as the national Nominating Committee that year; in 2001 served on the National Conference planning committee (conference canceled due to 9/11); 2002-2003 served as chair of the 2003 National Educational Conference held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

At the IFDA-Arizona chapter, Karen has served as Arizona Chapter President, Chapter Adviser, numerous VP and committee chair positions, and coordinated a Chapter trip to Provence, France.

She has been featured in the Arizona Republic newspaper, Arizona Lifestyles magazine, Log Home Living magazine and is the winner of the IFDA Tableau 2008 Most Elegant Table award.

Karen has also been active at the community having received the Clubwoman of the Year Award from GFWC-Paradise Valley Junior Woman's Club, a civic organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  In addition, Karen is a member of the Phoenix Art Museum, the Arizona Costume Institute, the Hilltop Guild, and is a past Big Sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program.