Intimate Living Interiors

ILI Overview

Intimate Living Interiors is an award-winning interior design firm based in Solana Beach, CA.
We transform spaces for optimal living through collaborative vision and thoughtful design.
We are proud to work with an incredible list of local, national, and international clients.

Interior Design Services

Custom Remodeling

Interior Architectural Detail

New Construction

Project Management

Space Planning


Finish Specifications

ILI Philosophy

The spaces we live in have a profound effect on our well being. Colors, textures, and materials are just some of the tangible elements that affect how we feel in our daily lives. But creating a truly inspiring environment goes beyond look and feel. It is essential to know how energy flows through every room, and how light interacts with every surface. We distill individual preferences, translate personal styles, and incorporate worldly fascinations to help each client realize their dream of living in a home that brings them deep joy and an inspired quality of life.

Intimate Living Interiors has received multiple national and international awards while creating distinctive, enduring, and life-changing spaces for clients throughout the US and abroad. Kari’s design vision draws from a multitude of resources, with influences stemming from her extensive travels and life experiences. She and the ILI team have mastered the art of creating the perfect living environment—blending the reclaimed with the refined, the unexpected with the essential.


We feel the best work is founded in an attitude of abundance. Check out our Pillow Talk page and learn more about our commitment to giving back in our work.

Kari Arendsen | Principal

Kari Arendsen | Principal

I knew I wanted to be an interior designer during my first trip to Paris. The beauty of the old world architecture, the ivy covered buildings, and the cozy outdoor cafés all combined to imbue me with a deep sense of love and happiness. From the ancient cobblestone streets, down to the smallest interior details, it all took my breath away. I soon realized it was the wonderfully synchronized combination of elements that created this exquisite, transformative beauty. This realization formed the cornerstone of my creative vision and has become our guiding design philosophy at ILI—to use a beautifully synchronized combination of elements that transform interior environments into spaces that infuse a deep sense of joy and well being into people’s lives.

As Founder and Creative Director, my design vision informs all of the work we do at ILI. I lead and collaborate with our executive team to ensure that every project meets and exceeds all of our clients’ expectations.


Tory Peterson | Designer

Tory Peterson | Designer

I am a Southern California designer with an aesthetic sensibility influenced by my time working for some of the most sought-after designers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Doing great work for people with sophisticated needs and high expectations comes naturally to me. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother carefully crafting beautiful draperies from a variety of fabrics that felt as good as they looked. Running my fingers along the material, I would watch her work, fascinated by the perfect planning, flawless execution, and intuitive approach she applied to everything she did.

Today, I am driven by this same commitment to excellence, led by an innate ability to discern core project needs—often before they are fully articulated. As a result, I have been fortunate to work for a select group of interior design firms, which has led me to ILI. I am honored to be part of such a talented team. My role at ILI enables me to apply my diverse skill set to a vast range of projects for local, national, and international clientele. Our team shares a common passion for doing transformational work—no matter how small or large the project. We love the process. We love our clients and nothing is more satisfying than being a part of a team that provides them with designed spaces that dramatically enhance their everyday lives.


Dawnmarie Gaivin  I  Business Development Leader

Dawnmarie Gaivin I Business Development Leader

Born and raised outside of Boston Massachusetts, my interest in design can be traced back to my childhood when I used my meager paper route profits to subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens magazine. A modest beginning that planted a seed! Although my professional career path first led me into western medicine followed by some time in business development within the public sector, I never lost sight of my first career aspiration. Several years ago I read this quote by a local spiritual leader and it renewed my interest in interior design: “Environment is stronger than will power.” Having personally experienced the wisdom in these words, I was excited to join the team at Intimate Living Interiors because of our dedication to enhancing client wellbeing. We do this by creating environments that truly support individual client’s health, growth and connection to self & others. It is this approach that makes my background in both western medicine, eastern wellness and business development key contributions to ILI’s mission. Whether supporting personal growth within our existing relationships or co-creating a platform to change the conversation of design through our nonprofit, Pillowtalk, I’m excited to help make our clients lives & our planet one beautiful project at a time.


Emily Lemasters | Designer

Emily Lemasters | Designer

I developed an affinity for beautifully designed interiors and well-planned architecture from a young age. I grew up in a family with an interest in commercial real estate, and I was always fascinated by the way interior designers could infuse new life into a space where there previously was none. This is where I first learned about design’s impact on how we live in the places we occupy. Since then I have been dedicated to the pursuit of creating environments that inspire people to live fully in their surroundings.

As a designer at ILI, I pride myself on being adaptable through all project phases, doing work that ranges from hands-on to highly technical. Whatever I contribute to the process, I do it with a total commitment to our design philosophy here at ILI.


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