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 (karenrappinteriors.com), 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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French Countryside Arizona Kitchen

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AS A CUSTOM HOME BUILDER FOR MORE THAN 40 YEARS, Jerry Meek has helped many clients create their ideal kitchens. Usually, however, they want to start from scratch with a new space—not model it after one they were leaving behind.

“I think this may have been a first for us,” says Meek, president of Desert Star Construction in Arizona.

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He explains that his clients loved their old home, which he and his team had also built. But with their children now older and on their own, they were ready to downsize to a more manageable space.

Their previous house pulled its themes from 17th-century Europe and could have passed for an old villa in the South of France.

“They wanted that same feel on a smaller scale,” Meek says, “so that defined the whole project, and it’s how we approached the kitchen.”

Indeed, says interior designer Karen Rapp, the new kitchen—like the home itself—is “just like something you’d find in Provence.”

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The walls, for example, are hand-chipped limestone, while the weathered wood beams spanning the 11-foot ceiling came from an aging house in Belgium.

The flooring is antique terra-cotta ceiling tiles reclaimed from a home in France, and old-world details like an arched Dutch door make the room seem transported from another time.

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Carefully carved, dark-stained oak shelves sit on stone corbels next to a plaster hood. And in a corner stands an antique bonnetiere (an 18th-century French wardrobe)—a monument worthy of the desert mountain visible through the kitchen windows.

“That piece is truly beautiful,” says Rapp, who also worked with Meek on the clients’ previous home. “When they bought it, it was in total disrepair, but a master craftsman we like to work with restored it and refinished it.”

The space doesn’t sacrifice function for beauty, however. That bonnetiere holds glassware and dishes, and the range, sink, and refrigerator form a perfect work triangle.

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Then there’s the kitchen’s substantial centerpiece: an island the homeowners brought with them from their previous home and had trimmed down to fit the smaller space.

“It has a 2½-inch-thick butcher block countertop,” Meek says. “Like everything in there, it’s meant to be used every day.”The kitchen was put to the test early on when the homeowners threw a party for everyone involved in the home’s construction.

“You could tell they were happy with how it turned out,” Meek
says. “It’s just what they wanted—it feels like home.”

 

View the original article as featured in the Spring 2019 issue of Beautiful Kitchens and Baths by Meredith Publishing.

WRITER Chris Hayhurst
PHOTOS Laura Moss
FIELD EDITOR Jessica Brinkert Holtam

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Mixing it Up for an Eclectic Feel

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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.

LUXE Arizona – Feat. Karen Rapp Quote

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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.”

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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Phoenix Dream Center

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Arizona Foothills, November 2011

 

Arizona Foothills Magazine has given back to our [Phoenix, Arizona] community for more than 16 years and we are about to take on one of our largest projects yet!

Arizona Foothills Magazine will be partnering with The Phoenix Dream Center and some amazing community leaders such as Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Meek, from Desert Star Construction, and Mark and Chrissy Donnelly, authors and philanthropists.

The Phoenix Dream Center serves more than 40,000 people every month through a variety of programs and Arizona Foothills Magazine will be helping by supporting The Dream Center Life Recovery Program.Interior designers for Phoenix Dream Center

 

We are so excited to be a part of such a wonderful cause and help in every way we can to make this project spectacular!

The Dream Center Life Recovery program is a faith-based, residential recovery program that helps men and women overcome substance abuse, anger management and emotional struggles. 

The Dream Center Rescue Project operates two separate homes for underage girls and adult women (18-30) who have been rescued from human trafficking and sex slavery from the streets of Phoenix.

The Rescue Project is designed specifically to meet all their needs including spiritual and emotional support, while providing an environment that is loving and caring.

Karen Rapp of Karen Rapp Interiors was one of 10 Phoenix-area interior designers who volunteered their time and resources to the Dream Center.

 

November 2001 article by Sarah Love

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“Master of the Southwest”

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Karen Rapp Named “Master of the Southwest”

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Master of the Southwest Karen Rapp Turns Her Clients’ Wishes Into Thoroughly Delightful Homes

 

Raised in Salt Lake City, Karen Rapp was thinking about interiors of homes long before she ever thought of making a career of it.

As a little girl, she would draw imaginative floor plans on her parents’ driveway. “I also used to build little pieces of furniture out of twigs and leaves and leave them under our lilac hedge,” she adds merrily. “I thought little fairies lived in the bushes.”

Today a resident of Phoenix, this Master of the Southwest still has magical visions, only now they are given reality in remarkably put-together new and remodeled homes, say clients and peers.

All speak of Rapp’s talent, keen attention to detail, and warmth.

One client, Susan Taylor, says of her experience with the designer:

“In her egoless way, Karen listens to your vision, your needs, then pulls it together, from furniture to fabrics to light fixtures, and the result is an authentic and unified look that is strictly yours and appears effortless in how it comes together. Nothing is contrived.”

Rapp, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, comments, “I do my best work when a client is involved.” And turning aside any notion that she might have a signature look, she states, “The only signature apparent is my client’s.”

This fact is evident to architects Don Ziebell and Cathy Hayes, who consider it one of Rapp’s special gifts.

“She approaches each project on its own and strives to make each a unique reflection of the clients and their lifestyle,” Ziebell remarks.

Notes Hayes, “Karen creates rich, dynamic interior designs that are truly specific to each client, exceeding their expectations while respecting their vision and their budgets.

 

Click here to read the March 2009 article by Roberta Landman. Photography by Werner Segarra

 

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Mediterranean Residence

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Phoenix Home & Garden, March 2008

 

The residence would be equally at home in a Mediterranean setting.

The builder of this Arizona home, Jerry Meek, considers its architect, Don Ziebell, an artist, in large measure because of his constant attention to detail. The living room’s complex ceiling trusses, for example, were fabricated on-site using antique beams, says Meek.

“Every beam was individually template and handcrafted to honor the materials and to duplicate the Old World craftsmanship of where they were originally used.”

 

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Designer Karen Rapp, who fashioned the interiors of this Mediterranean residence, calls Don Ziebell “a visionary,” praising his play with “scale and proportion from room to room” and harmonious use of finish materials.

Ziebell’s backdrop for her design of the family room and adjacent kitchen included wide archways, vintage crisscross ceiling beams and flooring of antique French terracotta pavers that once served as ceiling tiles.

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Overlooking the Ziebell-designed pool is a guest casita with private patio.

 

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The lipstick-hued reading room, with its handsomely decorated beams, opens to a media and billards area.

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Working with the design team, the homeowners chose elements that contribute to the kitchen’s old-time look, such as butcher-block-topped center island, countertops and sink of soapstone, antique terracotta tile stove backsplash, and rustic antique beams.

High-tech appliances and energy efficiency used here do not detract from the mood of the space, said Ziebell, for even when a house is meant to look old, “it must have the conveniences a modern home should have.”

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Trimmed in wood, this partial opens to the stone-walled dining room.

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Sitting areas from which to enjoy the outdoors include this wide patio at the bath of the house. French doors defined by tall European-style shutters make for easy access to the space. The stairway (far right) leads to a second-story loggia.

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Soft light shines through French doors in the book-lined home office.

A vintage French bathtub commands attention in the sunshine-yellow master bath. As in other Don Ziebell-designed rooms, the configuration of tiny view-catching windows and the mood-evoking ambience hold special appeal for interior designer Karen Rapp.

“When experiencing his spaces you are engaged and enchanted,” she says. “They are classic, ageless and soulful.”

With bases of brick, tree-trunk posts hold up a lush vine-covered arbor at a loggia off the dining room. A vegetable garden lies beyond.

 

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Shaded by a beam-and-tile overhang, this poolside loggia is a serene spot for entertaining or personal relaxation.

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Spanning a wash and accented with a network of beams, this narrow hallway acts as an enclosed bridge.

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Ample stonework and wooden trusses were crafted of very old beams, but the fireplace mantel, of burled wood from a French chateau, is even older, about 800 years old, says Ziebell.

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See the original article here.

 

 

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