Our Team

Our Team

We Know Interiors Inside And Out

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.

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.

Education

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.

Associations

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

My educational background in Art and the Humanities helps me articulate design with context and meaning. I have had the passion for Interior Design and architecture since childhood, and I delight in monitoring and anticipating trends and innovation throughout the world. I truly believe in design’s power to shape the function, mood and message for a client, as well as reflect a client’s personal style.

I am a native of the West, so the power of space and light are especially key to my design philosophy, as well as an underpinning of practicality, authenticity and simplicity. I have done work in all styles and worked for all kinds of design projects – commercial as well as residential. I embrace the blurring of categories in design and its move to integrate multiple disciplines of tech, lighting, sustainability, performance and landscaping along with good business practices for value added investments.

I bring my artistic, drafting and project management skills to my work, but its my desire to create design that is fresh, relevant and reflective of the client’s needs, which I believe are most important — along with the experience to discern those needs and knowledge to execute the vision.

My work has generated multiple design awards, I have been a frequent public speaker about remodeling, development, futuristic housing, and color. I am NCIDQ certified and a Professional Member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), currently serving the Intermountain Chapter as the Professional Development Director.

 

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.

Education

Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Education from Northwest Missouri State University

Past Associations

  • 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