Kari Whitman, celebrity interior designer and television personality, is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. Clients including Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, Don Johnson, Virginia Madsen, Emilio Estevez, and Don Henley have flocked to her high-end interior design firm for her trademark eclectic style, and knowledge of eco-friendly design and pet-friendly design.
Kari founded KWI – Kari Whitman Interiors – in 1994 as a full-service firm specializing in high-end residential interior design. Kari’s expertise also extends into commercial interior design, and projects range from condominiums to estate homes, boutique hotels to large-scale residential developments.
An Allied Member of the prestigious American Society for Interior Design (ASID), Kari has showcased prominent, high-end interior design projects throughout California, New York, Aspen, Miami, and Dallas. Kari also holds the accolade of having been selected as the interior designer for Park La Brea, a large development in the historic Miracle Mile district in Los Angeles.
Kari’s high-end interior design, focusing on eco- and pet-friendly design elements, has been featured on the covers of Luxury Home Quarterly, ASID Magazine, and Avenues. Her most recent project for royalty was the Spring 2013 cover story of American Builder’s Quarterly. She’s also been featured in In Style, Home and Décor, People, Statement, GENLUX, Modern Dog, US Weekly, Ultimate Decorating, Homes by Design, Dream Walls, InStyle Home, and Homes of Hollywood Bachelors, among others. Kari starred in her own celebrity interior design show, Designer to the Stars, on the WE network, was a featured interior designer on The Discovery Channel’s The Dude Room, and is currently in preproduction for a new interior design show.
Traveling frequently throughout the world, Kari stays abreast of the newest high-end interior design styles, trends, and ideas and to offer creative results that are both functional and beautiful. With her signature style of “eclectic self-expressionism”, she finds salvaged artifacts to add time and wisdom to each of her projects, while integrating the latest offerings in green design and pet-friendly design. Out of her commitment to personalized service, Kari directly oversees each project and works with her clients to achieve specific interior design goals.
Kari offers her clients assistance in all phases of residential interior design and commercial interior design: selection and purchasing of furnishings, fabrics, and surfaces; remodeling and new construction from initial concept to contracting; project management; and, complete furnishing and final installation. She is also a leading expert in green design as well as pet-friendly design. Kari’s team includes several premier architects, engineers and contractors, and key wholesale contacts in the textile, appliance, and furnishings industries.
A native of Colorado, Kari is the founder of Ace of Hearts, a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing dogs from high-kill shelters and placing them in loving homes. Her work in this area has also led to innovative design for homeowners with pets.