Environmentally Conscious Design

New Leaf Interiors did a great job helping me re-design my house. We have lived here for over 25 years and the house needed a face lift ..on a budget!!

Karen, was so knowledgeable, patient and always responded quickly to my phone calls and emails. Sometimes she shopped for me herself and sometimes we went together. Her paint suggestions were terrific and when I myself would find an interesting rug, lamp, etc. she would happily look at the photo in an email and give her advice.

She has a multitude of ideas and understands design and function from a variety of styles and eras. I highly recommend Karen!

S. Stone

Evanston, IL

We have used Karen many times over the years. Recently we remodeled our master bedroom and bath. What I especially like is that Karen really listens, so that you end up with a room that feels like you and reflects your taste, rather than just a pretty room with no soul. She has very good color sense.

She will do as much or as little as you wish. You can meet, make a plan and then shop yourself or she will shop for you or she will go shopping with you. Whether you are furnishing with high end designer furniture or Ikea, Karen will help you. In this case, she helped me pick out wall colors, tile, fabric and linens. Her upholsterer did an excellent job recovering some chairs and her seamstress made the drapes. She worked well with my contractor. She even found our chandelier in a resale shop!

L. Pildes

Evanston, IL

I hired Karen for a very specific and challenging job. My sister, who is physically disabled, was moving from a large apartment into a much smaller one. Not only did this require reorganization of her possessions; it also required designing, purchasing, constructing, and installing a variety of specialty shelves, tables, drawers, and other storage items. To make it even more challenging, we wanted the finished product to be not just attractive, but also physically accessible to somebody with limited mobility, as well as allowing room for the manipulation of a large, motorized wheelchair.

To say that Karen accomplished all of this would be an understatement. She exceeded our wildest expectations--and did it all with a winning combination of grace, humor, and patience. I can't recommend her highly enough!

B. Stainton

Seattle, WA

When we remodeled our kitchen and family room and redecorated our home, Karen assisted us with material sourcing and color selections. She later helped with art placement as well.

As an architect I appreciated her professionalism, depth of experience, creativity, sensitivity to our needs and desires and myriad industry contacts.

The results were positive and she was able to help facilitate a marked improvement in the space.

H. Ellegant

Evanston, IL

Karen was a pleasure to work with. She knows how to listen to people, she has great ideas but isn't pushy, she was sensitive to our budget constraints and had a wealth of resources and information at her disposal. I wouldn't want to do anything major in our home without her guidance and advice.

Andi and Brad

Skokie, IL

"When we first started working with Karen, it was almost too late. We had been under construction for a few months, adding a 2nd floor addition to a ranch home, and had already made a few decisions without her. Karen stepped up to the plate and immediately helped us out, especially when all of the millions of decisions came flooding in at once. Karen was SO helpful and timely, helping us to select paint colors, floor tile, backsplash, and carpet. Karen helped out tremendously with each of these. My only regret is that we should have started using Karen right away so all of our decisions would have been that much easier."

Debbie and Dan

Wilmette, IL