About

Karen Kempf Interiors Team

As principal designer and owner of Karen Kempf Interiors, my team and I bring many years of design experience to our clients. We collaborate on projects to assure balance in both the creative and technical aspect of design. We want to help you understand the process and avoid the common pitfalls encountered during construction, all while finding that perfect harmony between beauty and function. We start with your dream vision and translate that into a uniquely beautiful, well designed space of which you will be proud.

  • Services

    Let us come up with ideas that will take your project from ordinary to extraordinary.

    Our Services Include:
    • Pre-Construction Plan Review
    • Space Planning
    • Furniture Specification & Procurement
    • Paint Color Consultations
    • Home Staging Consultations
    • Remodeling – Design, Fixture & Finish Selections
    • Millwork Design
    • Window, Wall, & Floor Coverings
    • Decorative Lighting, Art work and Accessories
    • New Construction Fixture & Finish Selection Guidance

    You Should Know:
    We have access to the Chicago Merchandise Mart: The Chicago Merchandise Mart offers an array of unique and interesting furnishings that are available to the trade only. We can help you navigate the showrooms, making the process simple, less overwhelming, and more fun! We pass on a percentage of our designer discount to clients.

Projects

Lakehouse
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Mediterranean
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Refined rustic
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Fox point bluff house
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Riverloft
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Lake geneva farmhouse
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Modern farmhouse
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Equestrian retreat
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Shades of grey
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Press

  • Shades of gray

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    Shades of Gray

    Karen Kempf of Karen Kempf Interiors, Waukesha, used varying shades of gray to create a soft and restful space in this Mequon home.

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  • Farm fresh

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    A New Mequon Home has a Modern Farmhouse Look Blended with an Asian Feel

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    Before construction ever began, the owners of a new home in Mequon made two things very clear.  The style should be modern farmhouse, and they wanted it to incorporate some of their favorite furnishings.  Achieving that look started with the design of the exterior.  “We broke the house up into several distinct parts so it looks like a true farmhouse, which normally have additions built over time to help the home adapt to changing needs and lifestyles.  We then modernized it by adding clean lines and simple geometric shapes,” says Todd A. Rabidoux, director of architecture at Lakeside Development Company.

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  • Bathroom inspirations by jeff lewis

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    Bathroom Inspirations 

    Wisconsin designer Karen Kempf’s recent project featured bathrooms painted in CARBON and ALOE.

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  • Harbor house

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    Harbor House 

    Summer homes are retreats: passive promoters of lounging, sunbathing, and crime-novel perusing. This newly rebuilt summer home on Pine Lake nearly fits that bill. With a nod to the past, this picturesque home is filled with many wood features, but now they’re structurally sound—and a touch more distinctive.

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  • Rising to the challenge

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    Rising to the Challenge

    A simple wrought-iron motif that graces the courtyard gate at the home of Cathie Madden and Jeff Yabuki is much more than an architectural afterthought. The floral motif, repeated numerous times throughout the home, is a signal that this house is about more than square footage, walls and forms.

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  • Redefined rustic

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    Redefined Rustic

    Authentic materials, a design vision and amenable homeowners allowed Renaissance Design and Renovation to create a showplace for a Chenequa couple that reflects the homeowner’s love of the equestrian life and the southwest lifestyle.

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  • Light it up

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    Light It Up

    Finding the right light fixture for a room is like wearing the perfect piece of jewelry with an outfit—it can really pull the whole look together. M asked three interior designers to select their current “jewelry” faves.

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  • Designing your dwelling for your dog

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    Designing Your Dwelling For Your Dog

    When we shopped around for our first home, there were a few “musts” that my husband and I individually required before we signed on the dotted line. Fast forward a couple years, and we heard the pitter-patter of not two but four legs flying across the kitchen floor. A warm, adorable and very messy puppy was now the master of our domain.

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Contact Us

We would love to hear from you.

Call Us:
(262)513-4800

Email Us:
karen@karenkempf.com

See Us:
320 Windsor Dr. Waukesha, WI 53186

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