Karen Wirrig is the "total package"!  Never have I reaped the benefits of an extremely organized leader AND a true designer in one person.  Karen's knowledge of budgets, attention to time and detail, and professional demeanor are enviable.  She assisted me in transforming a newly purchased rental property into the ocean view cottage it was meant to be!  We had renters knocking at our doors before it was even listed!!  I would be happy to personally speak with anyone on behalf of Karen Cole Designs.  She gets my highest praise and recommendation!


Nora Shoen
San Diego, CA

I completely appreciate and honor the guidance Karen has given me as my ordinary, cluttered, apartment-looking condo was transformed into a classy, sophisticated respite.  She determined my style and preferences without my even knowing for sure what they were!  From assisting with color choice, fabrics, furniture and tile up to and including original hand-painted and created works of art, my residence is a peaceful and attractive place I call home.

Karen is a true professional who handles all the little, bothersome details so I am able to enjoy the transformative process completely!

Lynne Hulvey
Scottsdale, AZ

Even after 10 years, my wife and I are delighted with the elegance and charm of our home which emits harmony, color, and richness in its design theme.  In the process of planning, we found Karen to be thoughtful and respectful of our concerns.  Moreover, she is a good communicator and has a remarkable collaborative style exemplified by attentive listening before offering suggestions.  My wife and I enjoyed Karen's enthusiasm, sense of humor and infinite resourcefulness.  She shows unusual creativity as well as a passion for design, and is consistently dependable in follow-through and completion of projects.

Fannie Sims Godley, Alegro J. Godley, M. D.
Sun City West, AZ

You transformed our home in Fountain Hills into a beautiful and comfortable home.  We could not have done it without you.  You worked with us long distance and took care of so many details such as the selection and coordination of all contractors.  We appreciated your attention to detail throughout the entire process.

You listened to our ideas, along with our concerns and professionally guided us to an overall design that truly fit our lifestyle.  The great room is warm and inviting for our family and guests.  We are very happy with the color scheme you chose for the walls, floors, and ceilings as well as your guidance in selecting furnishings and window coverings.  The wall finishes in the living and dining room are absolutely stunning.  Everything fits together beautifully.

Karen, it was a pleasure working with you and we would definitely work with you again.

Very truly yours,

Patty & Steve Healy
Vadnais Heights, MN

I was so pleased with Karen's taste for my down stairs remodel I asked her back for my upstairs remodel!  Karen constantly exceeds expectations by searching for furniture being sensitive to our budget.  She challenged us to look at space differently and went out of her way to look for deals by sending links and photos.

Teri Swette
Carlsbad, CA

Just want to say thanks to Karen for all her help on my master bathroom remodel.  She is a true professional.  Was very helpful on each decision we had to make along the way.  From initial design, tile, vanity and the beautiful frameless shower enclosure.  She really knows her stuff and the finished product turned out beautiful!!!

Butch Bradley
Temecula, CA

Karen helped me with my kitchen and bathroom renovation as well as updating the style of my living room.  She was easy to work with and and her design ideas were beautiful.  She helped me choose granite countertops, tiles for my backsplash, new hardware for the cabinets and drawers, paint, artwork, lamps, tables and rugs.  When people walk into my kitchen the first thing they comment on is how beautiful the backsplash is behind my stovetop.  The tile was Karen's idea and I love it!  She was quick to respond to any questions I had.  When I had a problem with my contractor she called gave me advice on how to handle the problem.  I have recommended her to 2 friends.  I highly recommend Karen, she is amazing!

Denise Preston
Carlsbad, CA

I've worked with Karen to plan and complete several decorating and remodeling projects in our home.  Our projects have turned out beautifully and I couldn't have done it without Karen's help.  Karen assisted us in several ways: furniture and art selection for bedroom, living room, and entryway; paint, backsplash, and flooring selections; and as design consultant and project liaison for our construction projects.  As a busy mom and business owner, I needed direction and assistance to complete my projects. Karen was invaluable and skilled at this.  I really liked that Karen is consistent, direct, and professional.  Karen follows through and provides information and product suggestions in a very timely manner.  During our process, if a particular group of selections didn't quite work, she would take my feedback and make alternative suggestions or explain the rationale for why she really felt we should go a certain direction.  She creates online and print look books so we could see the selections as a group.  Karen is also very available by email and phone call and was always willing to talk me though a decision.  During our project, we had a minor problem with several of the materials we purchased through vendors and Karen was right there to help us resolve the issues.

Sharon Huston
Carlsbad, CA

This is the second time I have used Karen because she is that good.  As an interior designer Karen has an eye for the unimagined and can come up with ideas you'd never think of yourself.  After she designed my house in Tucson, Arizona, I hired her again to redo a condominium in Oceanside, California for me.  She knows my taste and has suggested things that make me "ooo" and "ahhh".  Her scope of knowledge goes far beyond that of a designer and has been invaluable in communicating between my contractor and myself.  She knows the places to go, the people to see and how to get things done.  Karen makes design fun because her expertise helps eliminate problems.  I highly recommend her for any job, whether it be a single room or an entire house.

Deb Weiss
Oceanside, CA

I chose Karen to help me give a fresh and fun look to my 2 bedroom La Costa condo.  I liked her work on Houzz and once we met, I found her to be very approachable, creative, enthusiastic and professional.  I liked her immediately.  She is a great listener and never imposed a style choice on me, but did help me branch out and make bolder choices and step out of my comfort zone a bit.  Now as I sit in my truly lovely home, I don't regret a single choice.  Also, I so appreciated her attention to detail and willingness to correct every single thing that was not up to her high standards.  This took all the headache and hassle out of the process.  She is a real pro.

Carolyn Whaley
La Costa, CA