Interior Designer Karen Rapp to Join Wiseman & Gale Interiors

Karen Rapp joins Wiseman & Gale Interiors

Wiseman & Gale Interiors is pleased to announce that Karen Rapp, of Karen Rapp Interiors, will join the firm as a full-service interior designer in Scottsdale.

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.,  February 14, 2020 Wiseman & Gale Interiors, of Scottsdale, Arizona, is pleased to announce that, effective March 1, Karen Rapp, of Karen Rapp Interiors (, will join the firm as a full-service interior designer.

As a part of her move, Rapp, for decades one of Arizona’s leading interior designers, will close Karen Rapp Interiors. Notably, she will continue to serve her clients under the new partnership with Wiseman & Gale, which offers comprehensive operations to support its designers on staff.

“I couldn’t be more delighted than to be announcing Karen Rapp’s decision to join Wiseman & Gale,” noted Scott Burdick, the design firm’s Managing Partner. “I’ve known for a long time the synergies Karen’s firm and ours share, so, in every imaginable respect, Karen joining our firm represents a ‘win-win’ for us and for her.” He added, “And almost needless to say, the real winners in this new arrangement will be our clientele, who’ll now be able to take advantage of Karen’s tremendous talent, taste and experience.”

About Karen Rapp

Rapp graduated from Arizona State University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree, with an emphasis in Interior Design. In 1987, she founded Karen Rapp Interiors, which grew into one of Arizona’s most highly respected residential interior design firms. Over the past three decades, many home and business owners have attested to the dedicated vision and pure professionalism of Karen Rapp Interiors. Rapp’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Luxe, Phoenix Home & Garden, Arizona Foothills and Gardens Southwest. In March 2009, Rapp was named a Master of the Southwest by Phoenix Home & Garden magazine.

While Rapp has thoroughly enjoyed building her namesake brand into a highly respected interior design presence in the Phoenix community, she is thrilled with her decision to join Wiseman & Gale. “It will give me an opportunity to collaborate and work alongside some of Arizona’s most talented design professionals, and allow me to focus even more on serving the design needs of my cherished clients,” she said.

“This transition is all about my growth into the next phase of my career,” Rapp added. “As a building and business owner these past many years, I’ve been missing the design and client-side experience. Now I can spend more time doing exactly what I enjoy.”

About Wiseman & Gale

Wiseman & Gale Interiors was established in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1965 by founders George Wiseman and Anne Gale. Their legendary partnership and successful early business greatly influenced the taste, style and creative process of the generation of designers who followed them. Through the years, the underlying principles of Wiseman & Gale’s approach have remained its foundation: commanding scale, luxury fabrics, bold colors, interesting compositions, subtle details and an emphasis on comfort and timeless beauty. The Wiseman & Gale design team comprises some of the Southwest’s premier designers, all of whom carry forward the commitment to excellence begun by its founders.


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Mixing it Up for an Eclectic Feel

Phoenix Home and Garden Feb 2019 cover

Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, February 2019

Combining design styles can create an eclectic and elegant look in your home.

By Ben Ikenson

A good rule of thumb in interior design is to choose a favorite style that guides you in making consistent, cohesive choices of individual decorating elements.

If you’re drawn to two disparate styles, such as traditional and contemporary or Southwest and midcentury, however, this approach simply doesn’t apply. But don’t despair—with the help of professional interior designers, you can enlist well-honed strategies to create the perfect mix-and-match look.

“You have to be careful not to end up with a mishmash, and there is a fine line between eclectic and hodgepodge,” explains interior designer and Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner Susan Hersker.

“Eclectic is a successful blending of designs, lines, materials and other considerations with a great deal of thought given to the process.” The designer’s rooms frequently include furnishings from different continents, periods and cultures, but commonalities in texture, color and form provide the necessary visual synergies.

Introducing a single, unique item to an existing interior can also take a special touch. Hersker relays an anecdote about a client whose home and furnishings were contemporary.

When the woman inherited a precious heirloom cabinet from her mother—a traditional-style item that was out of sync aesthetically with her sleek interiors—Hersker embraced the piece’s ornateness. Instead of banishing the casegood to a back hallway, she created a custom space for it in the homeowner’s office.

Now set between modern-style built-in cabinets, “it looks like it belongs exactly where it is, as if it was meant to be there all along.”


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A contemporary Moroccan tribal rug anchors this dining room by interior designer Karen Rapp. The serene space seamlessly integrates a traditional table with contemporary chairs, a 400-year-old oil painting above the fireplace and an antique French side table.

Interior designer Karen Rapp, also a Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner, shares her primary trade secret for orchestrating cohesion while combining contrasting styles: Focus on scale, proportion and style sensibilities.

For example, she pairs a No. 14 bistro chair designed by Michael Thonet in 1857 with an Eero Saarinen Tulip table created by its namesake Finnish designer in 1957. “The scale and proportions of the chair and the table are the same, so that’s complementary.

Both pieces have curved design elements, and while they’re from different centuries, they have a similar timeless grace and elegance,” says Rapp.

Interior designers often deliberately choose seemingly discordant elements to enhance the personality of a space.

“Mixing styles can add charm as well as change the entire look of a room,” says interior designer Michelle Pierce. To create a hierarchy of styles and keep the ensemble balanced, she follows a 75/25 rule.

She notes, “If 75 percent of your existing furnishings and accessories are one style, say, traditional, you can add in 25 percent of another, such as midcentury, and your space will have a creative vibe but still be cohesive.”

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To enhance the large scale of this sitting room dressed with mostly traditional furnishings, Rapp incorporated large pieces of contemporary artwork from the homeowner’s collection. The size of the painting above the sofa table is proportionate to the size of the antique Chinese foo dog collection.

No Christmas Tree? No Problem!

For years and years, I’ve opted for no Christmas tree.

After all, until this year, I’ve been running Karen Rapp Interiors from my home. This means I’ve had anywhere from two to six or more fabulous humans in what would normally be my living and dining rooms—and my humble abode was already tight quarters.

Plus, there were some years when I just didn’t have the “oomph,” due to traveling and other demands on my time.

So, this year, our design team went searching for some great design inspiration for those of you who, like me, might not have the space or the commitment for a tree.


No Christmas tree? We’ve got you covered!

There are lots of reasons “why not”: maybe you’re traveling for the holidays. Maybe you’ve got a new pet or a child or grandchild who might get too close to your tree for comfort.

Or, maybe you just want to relax and remember what the season is about without all the usual fanfare.

So, for inspiration, I encourage you to sit back and relax with a cup of tea and admire other’s creativity when they decorate “sans” Christmas tree!

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During the holidays, your home inevitably becomes a revolving door for visitors—from overnight travelers to dinner guests or to those who merely drop by for some holiday cheer. Set the welcoming tone with a cheery entry—and let your guests know they’re being invited with warmth. Photo via Ballard Designs

House Beautiful Boughs holiday decorHere’s an easy suggestion to “spruce” up an entryway or a tiny apartment with fir, spruce or pine branches in an oversize jar. It can be a great alternative to a traditional tree. Photo via House Beautiful

Holiday photo tree

A “holiday photo tree” is a creative idea for dressing up a wall with all those holiday photos you take throughout the season. Photo via Interiors Design Blog

With all the excellent, large-scale printing options available today, printing a vivid image of a tree on a large cloth and hanging it on the wall might be the perfect conversation starter! Photo via My Blue Flamingo

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Again, why not paint your own tree and create a hanging holiday wall tapestry? Photo via Apartment Therapy

Coming up with creative ways to make an alternative, do-it-yourself tree is sheer fun. Here’s a “tree” that was created using bits of nature collected from the outside, along with some other whimsical items. Photo via Free People

Those of us with a few woodshop skills can put their talents to the test by creating a really unique wooden tree with lights, like this one. Photo via Julia Palosini

The holiday tradition of decorating with paperwhites, greenery and wreaths will never go out of style. Here’s just one example of the beautiful accents you can create with these seasonal touches. Photo via Dear Lillie

Using strings of lights in creative ways can make for a striking holiday display. Here’s a waterfall of lights set over a window. Photo via

Here’s an idea for a modern alternative that can still feel like your focal point and smell like a tree too! Photo via Almost Makes Perfect

For something extra-special, try cutting out a window banner emblazoned with a cheerful holiday message. Photo via Sunny Side Up Blog

If you’re planning to spend the holidays idyllically, in a cabin in the mountains, here is an idea for decorating this very special space. Photo via Mountain Modern Life Blog


On behalf of our team at Karen Rapp Interiors, I hope you have a magical holiday season, no matter where your decorating adventures take you! Christmas tree or no Christmas tree!

No Christmas Tree? No Problem!

Arcadia Neighborhood Home: Still Farmhouse Chic

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Phoenix Home & Garden Cover Nov 2009As documented in a 2009 article in Phoenix Home & Garden, Steve and Shelley Adelson of Phoenix, Arizona purchased a 1950s-vintage ranch style home in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix.

When the bought their home in the 1990s, the idea was to immediately begin a remodel.

But, as it happened, raising their very rapidly growing family of four sons (including a set of triplets!) took a bit of precedence over their house plans.

So, some 10 years later, their remodeling resumed, with the Adelsons now focused on creating a home that was fit for a family of six.

Almost needless to say, the project planning was in an era prior to the advent of social media and internet sites—like Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook—that today help homeowners plan their projects.

These days, a homeowner can search for terms and hashtags such as “What’s my Style,” “Fixer Upper,” “Farmhouse chic” and “Arcadia neighborhood” and instantly be inundated with thousands of online images.

It makes combing through magazines seems positively “old school.”

But 10 years ago, Shelley Adelson created a real-life mood board to represent her take on what is now called “farmhouse” style. She used a real-life scrapbook—full of magazine tear sheets, fabrics and plenty of inspiration.

The second step in Shelly and Steve’s plan was to assemble a team of creative-minded professionals to bring that scrapbook—that vision—to life.

Team “Perfection”

The original design team for the project included architect Catherine Hayes, builder Nancy Brunkhorst (of Nance Construction) and, for the interior design, Karen Rapp of Karen Rapp Interiors.

Cathy was particularly inspired by the architectural design of the Pasadena, California home, that served as the setting for the popular 1991 movie, “Father of the Bride.”

It was an innovative, timeless decision for the Arcadia neighborhood.

The original construction was daunting: as the Phoenix Home & Garden article noted, the existing residence needed to be razed to the foundation—only the living room chimney was left standing.

For the new construction, Cathy Hayes shifted the orientation to face the street at an angle, enabling the front yard to be expanded and the rooms to be fitted with numerous windows that let in plenty of indirect sunlight, and an optimized view of Camelback Mountain.

Now, a decade or more later, the Pasadena-style home—in concept and conclusion—has stood the test of time and remains a community showplace.

Adelson Arcadia Neighborhood before KRI and Hayes Studio remodel

Front Elevation “Before”

Adelson Arcadia Neighborhood before KRI and Hayes Studio remodel

Front Elevation “After”

Front Entry
Photo by Laura Moss

An authentic “Arras” garden bench that one might easily find in Paris provides a quaint accent to the Adelson home’s entry.

Adelson Arcadia Neighborhood before KRI and Hayes Studio living room

Main Living Room with Fireplace

A set of chairs and a sofa, originally sourced from Argentina, create the perfect ambiance in this light-filled sitting room with a view out toward the yard and pool.

Kitchen and Living Room

The spacious redesign was characterized by the placement of dramatic, whitewashed beams that span the ceilings in the living and dining rooms.

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Photo by Laura Moss

The comfortable kitchen features some French country touches, including the kitchen backsplash tiles, which replicate famous “French faience” tiles. The tiles are custom-glazed in black, rather than the more customary blue.

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Dining Room
Photo by Laura Moss

A grand, glorious buffet and hutch custom-designed by master craftsman Jim Altman is a replica of a Parisian-style bar. It boasts a tile back splash and wet bar, as well as freezer drawers.

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Butler’s Pantry
Photo by Laura Moss

The butler’s panty features a farmhouse sink, Dutch door and concrete floor tiles.

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Master Bedroom
Photo by Laura Moss

The master bedroom is all about femininity, perfect for the wife and mother in an all-male household. The leopard print fabric on the antique bench and bolster pillows inspired the color scheme.

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Master Bathroom
Photo by Laura Moss

Garden views and natural light fill the master bath, thanks to the windows above the bathtub and “his” vanity and sink. The masculine black cabinetry provides contract to the daintiness of a petite chandelier, feminine footstool, and traditional claw-foot tub.

Black, White and Gold Bathroom

Following is a partial list of some of the artisans, trades- and crafts-people who contributed to the Adelsons’ home reconstruction:

  • Contractor: Nance Construction
  • Architect: Hayes Architecture & Interiors
  • Interior Design: Karen Rapp Interiors
  • Landscape Architect: Berghoff Landscape Design
  • Plumbing: Clyde Hardware
  • Tile and Stone: Handcrafted Tile Inc., and Craftsman Court Ceramics
  • Floors: Premier Wood Floors
  • Light fixtures: Paul Ferrante and Steven Handelman
  • Window Treatments and Upholstery: Jennifer Van Galder, Maudlin
  • Appliances: Monark (formerly Westar)
  • Cabinetry and butcher-block counter: Desert Cove
  • Custom furniture: Jim Altman

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View the original article by Susan Regan from November 2009. Photography by Laura Moss


Contemporary Eclectic: Home Forever


There comes a moment in every longtime couple’s lives together when they begin to think about what potentially could be their “last home.” It’s a time fraught with weighty questions. “Where, finally, do we want to live?” and “What will be our lifestyle ‘finale,’ and what should it look like?” come to mind.

Such was the case for a Paradise Valley, Arizona, couple who were repeat clients of Karen Rapp Interiors.

Two years ago, the couple decided to take on their crowning residential remodel, a home steeped in everything that, together, they had created for themselves and perhaps dreamed about for many years.

And, on the practical side, as they planned ahead for their retirement and all that it would entail, they wanted to make sure the house they designed was one that was “built for the ages.” That is, designed such that it could accommodate them as they advanced in aged (e.g., one level, a walkout basement, etc.).

The project was necessarily large in scope, involving entirely razing an existing 1960s house and building a completely new, 6,000 square-foot home on the lot; and, as well, reorienting it to maximize views of Camelback Mountain. Importantly, considering the project scope, the last thing the clients had in mind to do was something ho-hum or status quo.

As Karen Rapp well knew, that clearly isn’t who they are. They wanted the design and construction to be something unexpected—something that reflected their personalities, their many accomplishments and the nature of their lives together.

Home Forever

One of the first tasks for the couple was to assemble their design/build “dream team.” The design team included the owner’s representative, Jim Smith, of Serving the Nation (who is not only a lifelong friend of the couple, but an expert in luxury home design and the luxury hospitality industry); architect Matt Thomas, of Matthew Thomas Architecture; and interior designer Karen Rapp. Russ Greey of Greey|Picket Landscape and Design was the clear choice for the landscaping. And, completing the team as the general contractor—the team member to make it all happen—was the mighty Greg Hunt, of GM Hunt Builders.

As planning got underway, one of the primary goals that the couple identified was to “compartmentalize” their use of the home. For instance, although the house’s square footage remained essentially the same in the remodel, the clients wanted to incorporate into the design a means to close off certain areas of the house when they weren’t in use. The guest quarters are a perfect expression of that—they’re designed such that, when unoccupied, they can easily be segregated from the rest of the house.

Overall, the clients were looking for a home that is casual, comfortable, easy to maintain and perfect for occasional entertaining. Another important consideration was that it offer welcoming space for succeeding generations of the clients’ family—their four grandchildren.

As Karen, herself, comments: “The goal—which I believe we achieved—was to create interiors that are eclectic and, at the same time, soft, elegant and contemporary.”

LivingRoom with views of Camelback Mountain Karen Rapp Interiors

“One of the first things we did regarding the interior was to inventory the couple’s existing furniture to see what would work in the new design and what wouldn’t,” Karen notes. “Luckily, we found that we could use their furnishings and artwork in the new design. New upholstery makes for new furniture!”

contemporary eclectic dining room by Karen Rapp InteriorsIn keeping with its relaxed, fully livable plan, the color palette for the new home is easy on the eye: it’s suffused with warm, soft grays and whites with lots of matching fabrics.

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The new kitchen and dining area is Karen’s favorite of all. “The open concept design makes such a statement about this home,” she notes. “It’s ‘gourmet’ without looking at all pretentious. In fact, it has a distinct ‘lived-in’ look about it—a room that people will immediately sense that people actually live here and use this room; that it’s not merely designed for the decorativeness about it.” The kitchen boasts a meticulously crafted French “La Cornue” range that Karen explains was the result of a trip with her client to San Francisco. The range so impressed Karen that she bought one for herself!

Butlers Pantry Karen Rapp Interiors

A part of KRI’s design incorporated exquisite and elegant decorative tile throughout, but especially in the butler’s pantry, where the tile reflects a certain whimsy and charm.


One thing the new design focused on was creating an invitation to use exterior space as an inviting extension of the interior living quarters. As Karen describes it: “Because the climate here is so agreeable, most of the year we live outside as well as in. That’s why it’s so important to have our outdoor areas that serve as an extension of the interior. Our design emulated how the French and Italians live outdoors and on their terraces. People in those European countries park themselves outdoors at a long table and enjoy charcuterie and antipasto platters (and some wine of course!) while they watch their children or grandchildren play on the grass. There’s a certain beauty in that kind of living, and this design allows for it and encourages it.”

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The spacious “his and hers” closets are an exercise in personal styles: “Hers” is glamorous, featuring enough room to display the client’s artful collection of handbags. “His” is organized with everything in its place, offering a “gentleman’s haberdashery” feel.

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The grandchildren’s whimsically designed and decorated “bunk room” makes the point that, after all, this is a family house, mindful of—and welcoming to—the different generations that occupy it.

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Much of the extensive collection of artworks the clients amassed through the years was perfectly adaptable to their newly designed home. This portrait of John Lennon is a perfect case in point.

Following is a list of artisans and contractors Karen Rapp Interiors partnered with to achieve the couple’s “home forever.”

  • Owners Representative: Serving the Nation
  • Contractor: GM Hunt Builders
  • Architect: Matt Thomas Architecture LLC
  • Landscape Architect: Greey|Pickett
  • Plumbing: Clyde Hardware
  • Tile: Craftsman Court Ceramics
  • Floors: Premier Wood Floors
  • Lighting: Creative Designs in Lighting
  • Light fixtures: Bevolo
  • Upholstery: Lifestyles Upholstery
  • Appliances: Monark
  • Electric: Golka Electric
  • Cabinetry: Copperstate Cabinet Company, Ramsey Brothers, Reliance Custom Cabinets, Classy Closets
  • Slabs: Cactus Stone
  • Fabricator: Anne’s Custom Roman Shades & Bedding
  • Photography: Steve Craft

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Hand-selected Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

hand-selected gifts for mothers day from Karen Rapp Interiors

Sunday, May 14th is fast approaching—and that means it’s time to think about your mom, or that special mother-like figure in your life.

But, not to worry if you haven’t hit Amazon Prime or your local mall.

The expert design team at Karen Rapp Interiors has you covered because we’ve hand-selected gift ideas just for you . . . just in time for Mother’s Day.

And there’s a bonus! A few selections do not require a credit card, or special handling and shipping.

So, following are a wide range of ideal gifts to consider for any and all precious moms, aunts and other motherly figures in your life.


Karen Rapp’s hand-selected gift ideas:

Here’s a Mother’s Day gift nearly anyone can afford: the gift of your time.

“My late mother, Joyce, absolutely loved to clean out and organize drawers and closets as well as her kitchen,” explained Karen Rapp. “So I would often go up to Utah to help her organize her condo. She was always so appreciative.”

linen closet organization

Luckily, Mother’s Day coincides with spring-cleaning time, so it makes a perfect gift. That assistance extended as well to spring planting.

“And speaking of planting, as practical as it might seem, I think Whirlpool’s Zera Food Recycler is a great choice for mothers who garden and still love to cook at home,” said Karen. She then admitted that her own mother would not appreciate receiving an appliance for Mother’s Day, but Karen herself would!

A word of caution: The Zera does take up some space in the kitchen or butler’s pantry, but it composts food waste in a jiffy. In fact, it can turn a week’s worth of food scraps into usable fertilizer in just 24 hours.

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The food recycler is as simple as pressing a button, and the results are homemade fertilizer usable on lawns and gardens, or in potted plants.

It’s fully automatic and can accept a variety of different types of food—e.g., dairy, meat, bread, etc.

What’s more, the Zera machine automatically monitors its heat, air and moisture levels while in use.


Beth Roman’s gift ideas:

For one of her selections, Beth suggests giving your mother a wind chime. One of her favorites is a bronze Soleri wind chime.

cosanti wind bell chime

Famous the world over, these beautiful wind bells and chimes were originally the design of Paolo Soleri, the renowned architect and visionary who founded an idealistic community in the high desert north of Phoenix, Arizona.

“When they chime in the summer breeze or during a winter rainstorm, I think of my kids and smile,” Beth said.

They are exceedingly beautiful and have a soft chiming sound.

She has four small wind bells, and loves them all! (She got her first about 25 years ago.)

And secondly, Beth is always in favor of giving a magazine subscription, as it’s a gift that gives over and over again all year long.

Two of her personal favorites are Southern Living and Garden & Gun.

“Southern Living was a favorite of my mother’s. She first gave me a subscription to the magazine a few years after I was married, and, thereafter, she and I would often create our monthly food recipes together.”

Beth’s dad introduced her to Garden & Gun.

“It’s a fascinating magazine, and I renew my subscription every year.”


Valerie Norris’s gift ideas:

Experienced-based gifts are favorites of Val, especially because both her mother and mother-in-law are at a stage in life where purging is more desirable than gathering.

“I am so proud of both my mom and my mother-in-law’s technology aptitude and their knowledge of social media and computers in general,” Valerie shares.

“But, with the rapid rise of smartphone and iPad complexities, it’s getting harder for them to keep up with texting, emojis, cameras, etc.”

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So she highly recommends gifting moms and mother-like figures with some technology classes at their nearest Apple store or Microsoft store. And it’s even better if you can accompany them and learn alongside them.

“As I discovered, before you know it, they’ll be sending texts with exploding confetti, dancing frogs, and, of course, the obligatory “smiley face”!”

You can also check out computer training courses at your local public library and recreation centers. There are even special tablet and phone workshops through AARP Tek, and a plethora of free online courses. The options are endless—and just a Google search away!

tablet and phone training for seniors

Val’s next idea is about the gift of charitable giving.

“A few years back, my mom and I walked 60 miles over a three-day time frame, in support of breast cancer awareness,” explained Val. “Walking from Santa Barbara to Malibu, California, we traversed ocean paths, hillsides and scenic neighborhoods.”

3 day shoe salute

They walked with like-minded individuals wearing t-shirts that read ‘I would walk a million miles to see you one more day,’ which left them in a roller coaster of emotions and elations

The Norris family cheered from the sidelines, supporting their every footfall.

3 day walk

“On the final day, a mile from the finish, I grabbed my daughter’s hand as three generations of us triumphantly crossed the finish line. We were physically exhausted, mentally thrilled and emotionally exalted.”

That’s why Valerie hopes you’ll consider giving the gift of participating in a charitable event together. After all, sharing these memories reminds us of our shared experience as a human family.

No matter what you buy, share, make or give your mother, aunt or fabulous female in your life, all of us at Karen Rapp Interiors hope you have an enjoyable time!

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LUXE Arizona – Feat. Karen Rapp Quote


LUXE Arizona Magazine

January/February 2017

Luxe Arizona featured its Design 2017 list of interior designers, architects and inspiration in its first publication of 2017.

Editors asked Karen Rapp, ASID, for her philosophy on kitchen design. Her answer is found on page 265:

“The kitchen is the heart of the home, so when it comes to design, I like to select neutral, timeless materials for their warmth, form and function.”

LUXE Arizona - Feat. Karen Rapp Quote | Karen Rapp Interiors



Scottsdale Historic Revival

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Scottsdale Historic Revival

Luxe Interiors + Design Arizona, November 2011


Change often requires giving up the old, familiar and comfortable in order for something new to take its place.

But the owners of this Scottsdale residence, who got the opportunity in 1998 to acquire an acre next to their existing lot in the Paradise Valley country club they call home, jumped at the chance to switch it up.

The couple wanted to build a new residence in the center of both lots that had the look and feel of their Coronado, California, pied-à-terre—a renovated Mediterranean-style carriage house.

“We wanted it to look like it had originally been a much smaller house that was slowly added onto over the decades,” says the wife.

To get a better sense of the vibe the homeowners were after, architect Don Karen Rapp Interiors - Scottsdale Historic Revival - Master Bath

Ziebell flew out to California to look at the house and, in particular, a loggia the couple had added to the structure. Along with Ziebell, the couple assembled a supporting team that included interior designer Karen Rapp, builder Jerry Meek and design consultant Jim Smith of Serving the Nation.


Karen Rapp Interiors Luxe Scottsdale Historic Revival outdoor living

Together, they tackled the challenge of making this new home appear as though its stucco walls and tiled roof had been there for centuries. To accomplish that, the couple traveled with Ziebell and Smith on a buying trip to the south of France to select authentic materials to be used in the building process, such as reclaimed roof tiles, stone fireplaces, antique terra-cotta floor tiles and ancient wood ceiling beams.


November 2011 article by Rebecca Sherman, Photography by Dominique Vorillon

To view the full article in PDF, please click here.