“I tore out a picture of a spectacular bathroom when I was in third grade, put it in my scrapbook and wrote beside it, ‘Someday I’ll have a bathroom like this.'” Meet Kris Carlson, Co-Owner of Designingwomen2. She loves creating an environment that brings comfort, joy, meaning, and the “wow” to each space. Her motto is “Everyone should put beauty in their environment that speaks to their soul,”—That’s what moves her when designing for others.
Kris specializes in creating custom designs based on each individual’s home or business. Perhaps least known about her services would be that she also helps with complete storyboards from the ground up, remodels or the basics of any given room.
She thinks outside the box, which allows for creative custom designs. She also works with the most amazing craftsman in flooring, backsplashes, cabinets, countertops, electricians, plumbers, handymen and builders.
Many times people keep buying things because their space just doesn’t feel right. The reality is that often it is the arrangement and flow which isn’t done quite right to attain the “wow” factor. And as always, “wow” is as much about aesthetics as it is about the feeling you get from a room.
Kris provides a storyboard and renderings which consist of all the colors, stone, flooring, bathroom and kitchen components, countertops, cabinets and lighting. She also looks at blueprints and offers suggestions that may have been overlooked.
“Everyone should put beauty in their environment that speaks to their soul”
Inspiration, Colors & Trends
Kris loves lighting and the role it plays in tying a space together. “Lighting is the diamond of a home or business,” she said. She also enjoys creating unique backsplash and countertop designs. The inspiration for creativity is what she believes to be a trait she’s had since birth. It is continually exciting for her to also seek and learn the upcoming trends in design. Going to market is something that Kris also finds inspiring. She also has friends in the interior design industry in Italy; Italy is about two years ahead of what’s coming here so that factors into her designs. At the end of the day, Kris wants businesses and homeowners to be able to benefit long term from not only the elements of design, but how it makes them feel each time they walk into their space.