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Karen Garlanger, NCIDQ

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Karen Garlanger, NCIDQ: Merging her passion for architecture and design, Karen Garlanger has a knack for creating dreamy interiors. Over the years, her education, worldly travels and work experience have refined her thinking on the definition of “space” and its endless possibilities. As a result, her refined skills have breathed new life into residential and commercial properties for more than a decade. Since opening her namesake firm, Karen Garlanger Designs in 2010, Karen believes in the collaborative effort between client and designer, to produce truly meaningful spaces.

Karen's work has appeared in several leading design publications including Women's Day Magazine, Distinctive Kitchen Solutions, and more recently in Food Network Magazine. She has also been a featured designer on HGTV's website. A native of St. Joseph, Michigan, Garlanger studied interior design at Western Michigan University and architecture at the University of Miami. She holds both a Bachelor and Master degree in Architecture from Andrews University, is a certified interior designer (NCIDQ) and has taught the third year interior design studio at Andrews University.

Penny Tanis: As a designer at Karen Garlanger Designs, Penelope ensures that each and every project reflects the needs and the desires of the client. She believes that great design is the result of collaboration and listening carefully to the client. Her projects have ranged from residential to commercial and have included new construction,additions and complete renovations.

While employed by the Design Department of OSI (Outback Steakhouse International), Penelope had experience designing for Carrabba's Italian Grill, Paul Lee Chinese Kitchen, Lee Roy Selmon's and Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants. She has recently been published in Food Network Magazine while with Karen Garlanger Designs. Penny holds both a Bachelor Degree in Interior Design and Certificate of Furniture Design from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. She has won both ASID and Crystal Achievement Awards and is a registered Interior Designer.


Jeff/Cathie Hufford
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Jan 2017

Karen is exceptional... in her creativity and her passion for what you want and what she thinks might be better. A real partner with us, the buyer, Greenspan the builder and Wayne Visbeen, the archite... Read More

Ann Campbell-Hays
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Aug 2017

My dad's house had water damage and we had to almost gut this 100 year old, two story house, I looked to Karen Garlanger Design for total decorating. They did an amazing job! Particularly keeping wit... Read More

Keith Meschke
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2017

I'm incredibly with the way my design project has turned out. Karen is working with me to redesign and remodel my 45 year old home in Langhorne, PA (Bucks Country). She has transformed my home from ... Read More

Jerry Frieling
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Aug 2017

The experience was very positive. I would rate their capability in design, color, style and installation to be outstanding. They have sources which are complementary to their in house capabilities w... Read More

Anne Odden
Relationship: Symphony League Home Tour co-Chairman
Project Date: Nov -0001

Karen Garlanger's expression of each individual she works with, has been featured numerous times in the Symphony League's Master Key Home Tours. Recognizing the signature of the client she is working... Read More

Shellie Hicks
Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2014

We love our Cottage kitchen, Karen did great with a small space to maximize functionality, storage and a beautiful design. Read More

Relationship: Client
Project Date: Feb 2017

Karen was so easy to work with and her team was efficient and professional. Karen listens intently and took very little time to process and produce our vision for a beautiful beachy-cheerful kitchen... Read More

Automation Design + Entertainment
Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: May 2016

Karen is a talented designer who can see things from both an architectural and a functional perspective and this combined with her keen eye for style really brings together some beautiful spaces that ... Read More

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