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Our Story

Our vast experience and deep love for design for over 18 years has curated an Interior Design approach that is rooted in the knowing that your home environment has the potential to promote a profound sense of well being.

 
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Founded in 2005 by Principal Designer Kari Arendsen, ILI remains a pillar in the design community. Kari is known for her unparalleled ability to interpret a spaces absolute full potential. Applying her acute design sensibilities with intelligent application of key design principals, and knowing when to conserve budget, push boundaries, maximize function and emphasize distinctive style is the serendipitous coming together of elements that make up her sought after designs.

Specializing in:
- Full Service Interior Design
- Custom Remodeling
- Interior Architectural Detail
- New Construction
- Project Management

 
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"Your home should embrace precious moments of your past, foster and infuse your present inspirations, and promote the aspirations of your future." 

 
 

“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.”

We provide a custom curated process specifically designed for each clients needs.

 

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“Good design is in the layers of detail and the intention and heart behind those details. It evolves. I love walking into a home time and time again to find something new to discover — a story yet to be told.”

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KARI ARENDSEN | Founder and Principal Designer

Years ago, I was asked when my relationship with design began. What was it that led me to become a designer?  At that time I believed that my realization of becoming a designer was birthed during my studies in Paris.  The beauty of old world architecture, the cozy outdoor cafes, and ivy covered buildings combined to fill me with a deep sense of love and happiness. While it was this experience that called me to pursue a career in design, it wasn’t until years later that I realized this was not actually the birth of my love for design.  It was however, the moment of recognition of an inherent quality which had always been within me; the love and appreciation of beauty in our built environment and the effect it has on us. This has become the cornerstone of our driving philosophy here at ILI.

My passion for architecture and design runs deep and stems from my family history of minds that are both logical and creative.  My father is a builder, my mother an exceptional artist, and my paternal Grandmother – a draftsman in the US navy in WWII- also my personal hero.  Creativity, design, beauty, health and happiness, are the foundation of my life.  My interior design sensibility has been cultivated over the past 18 years through education and experience, but it is the unnamed keen sensitivity to our natural and built environment  that has set me apart in my artistry of using untenable energy to create spaces of optimal well-being.  

Over the years I have curated and refined an approach to design that is known for its timelessness, sensibility, and most notably the ability to create a space driven by the uniqueness of each individual client.  While remaining timeless, I indulge in how the change in design trends run parallel to the societal trends of personal health and style, each of which have an emotional purpose that can enrich a space when properly sourced. 

As our Principal, my design vision informs all of the work we do at ILI. I lead and collaborate with our team to ensure that every project meets and exceeds all of our clients’ expectations.  The foundation of my design career is based in my rich worldly experience and my families roots, and that foundation runs through the culture of ILI, a space where personal relationships, a deep understanding of each client, and an approachable environment has made us a highly sought after firm nationwide and globally

 
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TORY PETERSON | Project Manager

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.

My aesthetic sensibility is 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.

I am driven by a 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.

 
 
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