"WE WORK CLOSELY WITH EACH CLIENT TO DISCOVER A LOOK THAT IS BOTH TIMELESS AND FRESH WITHIN A FULL RANGE OF STYLES."
Guided Home Design is a full-service interior design firm located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Karen Ippolito, the owner and design director, takes pride in the way the company combines function and style to create an environment that is truly your home. We work closely with each client to discover a look that is both timeless and fresh within a full range of styles.
A client can feel comfortable in relying upon our team from the inception of a project at the blueprint stage all the way to the
final throw pillow or accessory.
In fact, we are comfortable working on projects both big and small and give all of them our unique touch. Guided Home Design is also able to act as a consultant for your remodeling project. We rely upon our own creativity and visions as well as a wide circle of trusted artisans, merchants, suppliers, and subcontractors to bring a one-of-a-kind look to a project. Guided Home Design has a well-deserved reputation for creating comfortable spaces with both practicality and beauty in mind.
• Space Planning • Complete Residential Remodel Team
• Color Consulting • Master Carpenter On-Demand
• Custom Seamstress • Custom Iron Artisan
• Fine Furniture Specifications • Landscape Architecture and Design
• Material and Finish Selections • Architectural Floor Plans
• Final Touches • Custom Stone Work
• Purchasing and Installation • Custom Kitchen Designing
Karen Ippolito (sitting, right)
Influenced by her world travels, Karen's inspiration for design is diverse and can be translated into many styles including formal Mediterranean, Contemporary, Traditional Elegance, or French Pavilion
to name a few.
Karen considers the art of listening to be an important part of the design process. She discovers the threads in the fabric of a client's personality and lifestyle and brings them to life in a home that reflects that person or family. Comfort and personalization are priorities. Having a particular passion for fabric, tile, and lighting, Karen brings new life to a home, transforming it and creating a sense of continuity in the flow of the rooms. The efficiency and affordability of Karen's design solutions often surprises her clients. Her mission is to provide the highest quality design while maintaining respect for the client's needs, time, and budget. Karen is a hands-on individual who takes pride in perfection and will often
join in with a hammer in hand to create the finishing touches. Her client's happiness is her success.
Kristen Wilmering (left)
Kristen's design inspiration and education started at an early age as her father is a custom homebuilder. While in school, she was able to use her creative talents by assisting him with color selections, finishes, textures, and lighting. As a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Design Management, Kristen is enthusiastic about helping clients solve design challenges.
Kristen's passion is finding the perfect balance between function and decor to reflect an individual's style. Emphasis is placed on maximizing the sense of light and space while accentuating architectural features. Achieving a timeless feeling an any range of style is what she strives for.
Bringing your vision to life is her mission!
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I've worked with a lot of Designer's in the last 25 years and Karen and Kristin are by far the best I have ever had the privilege to work with. They listen to your needs and pick up very fast what your needs are almost before you know yourself. They do what they say they are going to do without fail. They are also very fun to work with. In some instances I had very short time frames for them to perform and they performed flawlessly. They made the whole experience fun and easy! I don't think you can ask for anything better.
- Client: Carolyn Asher Working with Guided Home Design made the process...
Working with Guided Home Design made the process of furnishing our newly purchased, second home both manageable and enjoyable. Frankly, I was daunted at the prospect of outfitting our home from scratch during my sporadic visits to Scottsdale, but Guided Home Design proved to be my ace in the hole. Karen and Kristen are very knowledgeable about the vendors and resources in the Scottsdale area and are able to organize our days together for maximum efficiency. It's worth mentioning that their easy going, upbeat personalities made them very pleasant companions during the many hours we spent together, too. They worked within my budget to prioritize areas where higher ticket items were advisable and then suggested areas where we could go a less expensive direction. Karen has a wonderful creative eye and a down-to-earth practicality that produced a home that's not only beautiful, but very family friendly and functional. I have nothing but glowing praise for their talent and professionalism. Thanks, Karen and Kristen!
- Client : I thank my dear friend all of the time for being my “decorating fairy”...
I thank my dear friend all of the time for being my “decorating fairy” by granting my wish to find the right decorator to transform our home, someone that we could trust to be there through our busy work and travel schedules, someone who would not take advantage of us with pricing or with choices that were not “us.” Words cannot express the talented, warm, friendly, gracious, classy team of Guided Home Design - Karen and Kristin. These lovely ladies walked into our house – and our lives – and have transformed our “house” into a warm and beautiful HOME. There was so much that we wanted to do but didn’t have the “vision” or time to oversee. Karen and Kristin are incredibly well-connected to local sources to perform any remodeling or changes, and they have managed both small and large changes for us. We had consulted with not one, but two other design and professionals on remodeling our master bathroom and had been told that it was NOT possible without completely tearing out the existing structure for an extremely high cost. Enter Karen and Kristin and their crew of fairly-priced and very talented cabinet experts, and our bathroom is completely even more beautiful than we ever could have envisioned! Karen and Kristin designed a new façade for our cabinets that is gorgeous (and gently guided us to consider a lighter wood color that was far better than what we thought we wanted), changed the fixtures, added lighting, and transformed a blah master bath into a masterpiece bath! Every room in our house has been enhanced by their touches, and the only thing that is better than their talent and vision is that they are so incredibly lovely to work with. Any issues that we have faced have been easily remedied, and they truly put our satisfaction above and beyond all. I have so much respect for their talent, their connections to so many sources, their ability to execute a vision – always with a smile and with laughter and with our satisfaction being their goal. They have showed me places that I would have never discovered otherwise and I just love them and love “working” with them – it is so exciting to show my family and friends all of the beautiful changes that they have made to our house. From accessories to remodeling - they are the BEST.
- Client: I was throwing a big dinner party at my home last...
Karen and Kristen from Guided Home Design Saved Me!!
I was throwing a big dinner party at my home last year for a large group of peers who were taking an advanced medical course from my husband. I wanted our home to look and feel welcoming and look beautiful yet we had many rooms that were not "pulled together" or "completed" due to our differing decorating tastes :-))! We had been paralyzed to do any decorating.
So a friend of mine recommended us to Karen at Guided Home Design. Karen and Kristen came by and surveyed the situation. And the tricky challenge was I wanted to get a "look" going throughout the home (inside and out) and the party was only a 5 days away...I needed help and I needed it FAST!! At that point we had been in our beautiful home for almost 2 years...but it was so very Hodgepodge!!
They transformed our home ...room to room....in 5days and we had such a great time working together. They worked with our (me /my husbands) two very different decorating styles and pulled it all together!! They worked well with our budget and made it such an enjoyable experience. They listen, they care, and they work fast when that is needed!
Looking forward to bringing them back in this year to do the last round of pulling everything together...at a slower pace this time! We found our decorating TEAM!
- Client: Guided Home Design did an outstanding job...
Guided Home Design did an outstanding job on the brand new fire pit at my desert home. They took care of the entire process from the permits all the way to the stone choice and gas line installation. We are very happy with the result and recommend them and would use them again.
-Client: Marty Muir We've used Guided Home Design for two major remodel projects...
We've used Guided Home Design for two major remodel projects on our Scottsdale home. In both cases Karen and Kristen were wonderful to work with and the finished product greatly exceeded our expectations. These two designers have the ability to take the input you provide and generate a one of a kind design that takes the style you are looking for to the next level. The team of subcontractors they work with are all outstanding. They live up to their quotes, achieve there time commitments and all provide excellent work quality. We highly recommend Guided Home Design for any home design project and will use them again ourselves in the future.
-Client: Bob Loewen Over the past several years GHD has tastefully updated...
Over the past several years GHD has tastefully updated our twenty year old home (and older furnishings) - inside and outside. They have an excellent network of top-notch contractors and vendors. We really enjoy their personalized service and attention to every detail. We highly recommend GHD.
-Client: Karen and Kristen have helped us with the remodeling...
Karen and Kristen have helped us with the remodeling of two of our homes. One in 2012 and the other in 2013. From conception to completion, they were always there to assist with ideas and concerns. Their professionalism made us feel confident throughout the entire project. We continue to consult with Karen and Kristen for interior design ideas. We highly
recommend Guided Home Design.
-Client: Kathy Reynard Karen Ippolito of Guided Home Design in Arizona is a most personable...
Karen Ippolito of Guided Home Design in Arizona was a most personable and professional home designer and decorator. She was especially good at communicating with me as I was in Colorado and our new home was in Arizona. Lots of emails, pictures and phone calls helped me to make decisions with and through her guidance. She was able to narrow down choices she felt I would like and she was correct in being able to accurately "read" me and consequently, I love how our new home looks.
I would highly recommend Karen and her assistant, Kristen Wilmerling. They are an excellent team.
-Client: Jim and Kathy Davis Karen and Kristen managed the total remodel of our 2500 sq ft home...
Karen and Kristen managed the total remodel of our 2500 sq ft home including a new addition for the master closet. The project lasted over three months and involved numerous sub contractors as well as the folks from the local planning departments.
What makes this team stand out is their prompt response to any situation that required attention. Our phone calls and I-messages we always returned immediately and they assumed personal responsibility for affecting a solution. We highly recommend them.
-Client: Jeannie Remington Karen Ippolito of Guided Home Design is a fabulous designer...
Karen Ippolito of Guided Home Design is a fabulous designer. Karen and Kristen took our (newly purchased) 25 year old home and complete transformed it to what appears to be a brand new home. Before we ever moved in they had walls removed, all interior torn out and then worked their unique brand of magic. The result left us spell bound with the amazing transformation of our home and yard.
-Client: Guided Home managed our complete home remodel...
Guided Home managed our complete home remodel, listened and achieved the mediterannian style we wanted with a clean look. They hired subcontractors who were excellent and reasonable and followed through with every detail. They were on the job when they said and provided me complete details of what to expect. I enjoyed working with them so much that we have remained in contact as friends. They designed a pergola system with wrought iron arches on my back patio that is gorgeous. The interior flooring of Italian tile and wood along with the columns and stone work all meld beautifully and they had the vision to suggest these combinations. I have recommended them to many of my friends and they are happy too. My home is lovely, functional and exactly what I hoped for.
-Client: Mr. and Mrs. Wiegers Karen and Kristen have a keen eye for style and color...
Karen and Kristen have a keen eye for style and color and know how to put a room together in great detail. Along with their natural talent for decorating, they put their heart and soul into a project no matter how big or small it may be. They are honest, forthright, focused, and persistent. They have the ability to place beautiful arrangements of fabrics, colors and furniture with unique decorating ideas that give their clients a "one of a kind look". We would definitely recommend Guided Home Design to any friend or family member.
-Dr. B. Kent Remington Like many, who wisely choose Karen and her team...
What if a cell phone was just to make and receive calls. What if a house renovation was just to tidy up an older house. Then choosing any renovation Company would do.
Like many, who wisely choose Karen and her team, we wanted a unique end result from a common existing house plan. Karen and her networking team created an "ExceptionALL" result in each room and from ceiling to floor that extended to the amazing reinvention of the inviting desert personality of the front and back yards.
Karen has what I call "Double Vision", the 1st vision was to be able to see in 3rd dimension and in color, what could and should be done with a twenty year old house. The 2nd part of the vision was to be able to have her team see what she sees for the end result before she started the project."