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 love numbers. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Accounting from San Diego State University and four decades of accounting experience in a variety of accounting roles, I have found a work home at The Design House. My role as Office Administrator allows me the unique opportunity of being the company accountant, as well as creating and implementing structure and policy.

After spending 30 years in the high-tech industry in Southern California, including 12 years as the President/COO of IMC Networks, I ventured to a new industry, Interior Design. Since many of the principles used to manage or drive the financial side of any business apply, I have been fortunate to use my many years of accounting and business management experience to support the continued success of The Design House.

A designer I am not, although a beautiful balance sheet or monthly financial report is a thing of beauty for any accountant, I am always amazed with the results our designers achieve. Seeing their creativity, energy and dedication to their clients only makes my job that more rewarding.

With my best friend/wife Robin of 30 years, we raised 3 amazingly gifted and beautiful children. We are empty-nesters, with the exception of our fur-babies (labs), Gracie and Murphy. Baseball will always be my passion, having played through community college. After coaching little league for 17 years, I have a difficult time passing a baseball field with a game being played and not wanting to stop and watch!

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.


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

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

As a progressive, licensed Interior Designer in the commercial industry, I bring a fresh approach to creating spaces by enhancing not only the decor and function of a space, but also the relationship between the space and the people who interact within it. The strength in my design solutions comes from an understanding of my client’s needs and wants and translating them into beautiful, practical, and engaging spaces. I respect the impact that the design process has on the environment and the ability I have to make it a positive one.

After earning a business degree from Texas A&M University, I spent three years working in Washington, DC for a non-profit and defense contractor before discovering my true passion of Interior Design.  While studying for my BFA in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Dallas, I chose to follow a path into the commercial industry.  During the 2009 recession, I moved to Washington, DC area again and spent the next 4 years working in the federal design practice with a focus on furniture design.

Opportunities took me back to Texas in 2013, offering me the privilege to design for top Fortune 100 firms and my alma mater.   While living in Houston I also fell in love with a dog named Louie, volunteered for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, ran the Houston Marathon in 2018, and was an active professional member of IIDA.  The latest chapter has just begun, with a move back to my roots and hometown of Boise, Idaho.  I’m looking forward to new adventures in design and the chance to ski all winter!

Former clientele and projects include:


  • The Library of Congress
  • The US Marshals
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • Harris County & City of Houston
  • Fort Bend County
  • San Diego Airport Authority
  • Texas A&M University Galveston

Private or Non-Profit:

  • ExxonMobil – The Woodlands, TX Campus
  • Shell Oil – North American Headquarters, Houston, TX
  • Plains All American Oil and Gas, Houston, TX
  • BHP Billiton – North American Headquarters, Houston, TX
  • Cynthia Woods Mitchel Pavilion – VIP Club and Restaurant
  • Sysco Foods Headquarters – Houston, TX