What a team of award-winning designers… Sure we’ve had a lot of experience on our side, not to mention a plethora of knowledge and an eye for beauty. But what you may not know is we all are driven by a pure passion to help you find your personal look — whether it’s bold, contemporary, modern, traditional, international, sustainable or just fun.
As the founder and owner of The Design House, I’m in the perfect place to fulfill my life’s goals — to create an environment where happy, well-cared for individuals can thrive and do their best work. My interior design team consists of self-driven, talented professionals who are ready to help our clients translate their visions into inspiring spaces.
My passion for design dates back to my days as an interior designer in the “hot” Las Vegas market in early 2000. As I traveled through different careers, I find myself in my third chapter of life — back to what I really love, interior design.
When it comes to my personal style, I realize I have always been into fashion. I look at the trends but always focus on the ones that have longevity — the ones that are not necessarily over the top expensive but are always in style. This love of fashion helps explain my passion for interior design and my clients will reap the benefits of spaces that are considered always in fashion.
Finally, I am a passionate, kind and loving person who is a solid business leader and a proud mother of two amazing children — both who inspire me each and every day. I pledge that myself and my team will help you through the many challenges and obstacles of creating the perfect living or working space.
I am an Idaho native, raised in a farming community. That special background gave me an appreciation for hard work and a respect for the contractors and subcontractors who are so instrumental in the knowledge and craftsmanship required for completion of a truly unique design vision. I know that mutual respect on a project results in a superior experience for each client.
I was the owner of Carol’s Design House (now The Design House, Inc.) from 1990 through 2016. Those years include a broad array of commercial and residential projects with clients from all parts of the country. While specializing in construction and remodeling projects, I can assist clients with the simplest or the most complex requests.
I pride myself on only one interior design specialty — getting the client successfully through the process. Knowledge of products, implementation tools and opportunities for solutions is an obvious requirement for any interior design professional, but the ability to understand and communicate with clients and other project professionals is ultimately what gets any project to completion.
I’m married to Bill Whitacre and we both enjoy almost everything outdoors. We are avid adventure sports enthusiasts and find any opportunity to be outside, particularly in the McCall area at our home. My love for my Australian Shepherd dogs is paramount. A day outside with Bill and my fur-kids is the very best day.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. After a few years, I left public accounting and went to work for a national real estate development and construction company located in Boise, Idaho and Newport Beach, CA. In 1990, I purchased Carol’s Design House and brought together my diverse backgrounds.
I have served and continue to serve on a number of philanthropic boards in the Boise area including:
- Junior Achievement
- Capital Matrix
- Ronald McDonald House
- Interior Designers of Idaho (founding board member)
- Avid supporter of the Idaho Humane Society
With over 18+ years of practical experience in interior design, I have a passion for helping my clients take their vision to the next level. I enjoy getting to know all the “real” decision makers in the project and holding hands to deliver a great living space. I love my family and volunteering in the community that I cherish.
- Master of Arts in Interior Design from Washington State University with honors
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Planning and Design from University of Idaho
- Idaho Business Review, Idaho Accomplished Under 40 Award
- Idaho Botanical Garden, President of the Board of Directors,
- Boise Art Museum, Member of the Collector’s Forum,
- Boise Garden Club, Legacy member
- Supporter National Trust for Historic Preservation
- NARI conferences for the latest on remodeling techniques and practices
- AIA/IDCEC continuing education lectures
- Furniture College at Century Furniture
- High Point Furniture Market in North Carolina
I have over 19 years of experience all around the country including working in Arizona, North Carolina, Virginia, and Idaho.The part I love most about my job is the relationships that I have with my wonderful clients. I work hard to create spaces that truly reflect their personalities, not just what happens to be the trend at the moment.
- BA, Design, Boise State University
- People’s Choice Award, Kitchen, Wake County Parade of Homes
- Selected to design and decorate Show Home Kitchen for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Raleigh Chapter
While I am just starting my career in the interior design field, my passion for design is addictive. I have so much to learn but I am looking forward to combining modern and vintage products together to make unique and comfortable spaces. I love to combine “pops” of color to deliver an impressive yet warm and inviting environment.
In my role at The Design House, I will work on finding great suppliers who offer unique and long-lasting furniture, help find examples of designs from around the world that will fit in the Treasure Valley and help the company engage with the community via Social Media.
My passion for inspired creativity began with a love of nature and intrigue of artistic expression. Teaching art in Australia paved the way for a lifetime of adventures. I have lived in various locations coast to coast and am native to Iowa.
Developing living environments utilizes all elements of art and applies those concepts into a 3 dimensional space. I have consulted and guided people through the creative process of transforming a dwelling into a home that is as individually unique as each client. Knowledge of new trends, interior elements and materials coupled with the understanding of how global culture influences design perspectives, allows me to remain relevant to a wide demographic expectation.
Some of my residential experience includes interesting projects such as: VIP condos on Park Avenue in New York City, a Villa in Hilton Head, South Carolina, historic renovation of the Oneida House in Oneida, N.Y., and other residential work in Georgia, Kansas, South Carolina, Washington, and California. Corporate design has included the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown NY, Caesars Palace, Lake Tahoe, Ruth Copper Mine in Ely NV and the WA Department of Transportation, Seattle WA.
Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Education from Northwest Missouri State University
- Kirkland Art Center in Clinton, NY, Board of Directors
- Roseville Arts/Blue Line Gallery, CA, Board of Directors 6 years
- Member of ASID (affiliate)
- Member of NKBA
- Member of IFMA
- Member of IIDA
Interior Design has been in my heart since before I could remember, and creating a beautiful space is something I know I was born to do. I have worked on projects as small as a powder bath remodel, all the way up to multi-million dollar custom homes. One thing I have learned along the way is that no matter how much a project costs, the heart and soul that is put into it is always what makes it special.
- Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire
- Case Design and Remodeling Creativity Award
- Interior Design Challenge 1st Place Winner – The Art Institute of California
- NARI META – Gold Award – Entire House Remodel $250,001 – $500,000 Category
I have worked in the Office Administration/Accounting field for over 40 years in Boise. Twenty-one of those years have been with Carol’s Design House and am honored to now be with The Design House Inc. I enjoy that this field changes day to day and does not become routine. I love being in the Interior Design business as it allows me to see all the new and exciting designs for homes and all the different ideas that designers have. Interior Design has always been one of my interests and I enjoy trying things in my own home as well as for family.
I was born and raised in Boise (a true Idahoan) and cannot imagine living anywhere else. I enjoy being with my large family, traveling and being outside gardening in the summer. One of my greatest passions is helping others. Anytime the need arises you will find me trying to make a difference by helping family, friends, coworkers, church or different organizations in the Treasure Valley. It is a wonderful feeling and there is nothing else like it.
I got my start in interior design 11 years ago when I came to work at (then) Carol’s Design House. Since then I have lived in Florida and Hawaii with my husband who served in the US Navy for 6 years. While I was away, I attended Paul Mitchell The School and became a licensed cosmetologist.
In the ever changing world of design I find it important and exciting to be on the constant hunt for the most unique and current products for our clients.
I am very happy to be back in Boise and involved in the design community. I hope to bring my passion for travel and art to my work here at The Design House.