Meet the Team
At Kara Kersten Design, we work with busy professionals who love their location, but struggle with spaces that don't function for their family. They need help remodeling their existing home to reflect their unique style and specific needs. With our architectural background and understanding of the construction process, we are able to come up with more creative solutions and custom designs tailored to give our clients a better quality of life in the place they love - while holding their hand through the process.
KARA KERSTEN - OWNER / PRINCIPAL DESIGNER
Kara asked her parent's at age 6, "What do you call someone who draws houses?" Since then, she knew she would follow her natural creativity and love for architecture throughout her life. She graduated with a degree from the 5-year program of Interior Architecture & Product Design from Kansas State University. She jumped into the remodeling industry right out of school and grew her experience in helping to create custom award-winning homes. With over 12 years of experience in remodeling, Kara is great at meeting the clients' needs and wants, while bringing that spark of creativity that exceeds your project expectations. She cares about creating a lasting relationship with her clients, as well as creating a design for them that simply makes life better.
Kara is a sucker for bold colors, long-haired miniature dachshunds [all animals really - let's be honest], tons of natural sunlight, late nights with girlfriends, and vacations with her two kiddos [Greta - 7 and Torin - 5] and husband Matt.
"Residential Design & Remodeling is a very personal process. You're disturbing someone's home, moving through their daily space, and yet enhancing the way they live and feel for years to come. It can't be successful without first being sensitive to the clients' needs and creating a personal relationship with them. That's what I enjoy most."
...let's collaborate together!
JOANNE CHRISTOPHER - DESIGNER
Joanne is the mastermind behind-the-scenes creating beautiful moodboards for clients needing help with furnishings, layouts, and decor. Her skills go beyond that with a degree in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. She has past experience in LA working as an Interior Designer for IKEA and Space Planning Supervisor for Forever 21 Headquarters. She now works independently as a designer for retail and residential projects.
She is understanding of how people need their home to function uniquely for them while also looking like something to be proud to show off to your friends & family. She's down to earth, talented, and most of all really fun to be around!
We specialize in the cities of Leawood, Prairie Village, Mission Hills, Fairway, Overland Park, KS, and Brookside, MO, but we serve nationally.