Interior design is a second career for Kristen Pawlak, owner of KP Designs/Decorating Den Interiors. But, after 12 years, she’s a six-time international design award winner in a field she loves. Kristen has owned the company since 2009 after leaving a career in marketing research consulting for the investment management industry. Even during her former career, she found herself presenting research at clients’ offices and mentally redesigning the lobby, so when the opportunity came to go into interior design, she took the plunge, and the decision has proven to be the best choice she could’ve made.

Decorating Den Interiors, a franchise in the United States and Canada, is a full-service interior design company for residential and commercial clients. Kristen’s studio, located in Louisville, specializes in all elements of design work and services and provides any and all products for the project. “We work directly with trade manufacturers,” Kristen says. “We work with well over 150 preferred suppliers in all aspects of design projects.”

Kristen’s business is unique in the way that her employees work with clients, using items the company provides, and the designer comes with no additional hourly design cost. Decorating Den provides furniture of all types, flooring, lighting, accessories, custom window treatments, and everything needed for kitchens and bathrooms including cabinets. They even handle outdoor furnishings as well as custom closets. There’s no one particular thing Kristen and her two employees do for clients; the project can be from a window treatment to multiple rooms or an entire home. “There’s not much we don’t do,” Kristen says. “Every day is different and all projects are different.”

To begin, clients can contact the studio, talk with designers and then invite them to get to know the space for design. Kristen calls the business a “concierge” service that handles the consultation, design, quality control, warehousing, white-glove delivery and installation. The process is like a show on HGTV, according to Kristen. “You come back and the room is fabulous,” she says. “It takes a huge weight off people so they can enjoy the space. It saves people time and frustration…and money in the end.” The design is a reflection of the client, Kristen says, “They tell us enough and we get to know them and help them. We create a space that is elevated, above what they would expect.”

Kristen takes pride in the fact that her company makes it easier on clients to take on projects large and small. “We do this day in and day out,” she says. “We know how to do it with a world of resources. Our tool belt is almost limitless.” KP Designs/Decorating Den also works with Ralph Pawlak, owner and lead contractor at RK Renovations, who is based in the studio, to provide contract labor needed to renovate kitchens, bathrooms, and any room requiring light construction.

KP Designs/Decorating Den can provide interior design by room, whole home interior design, commercial interior design, new construction interior design, move-in ready complete design, retirement community interior design, apartment and condo interior design, virtual design consultations, paint color consultations, hourly consulting services, space planning services, and vacation/second home interior design services.

If you’d like to get started on a project, call KP Designs/Decorating Den at 502-245-0052 or email Kristen at [email protected] You can also visit them first online at

Posted on 2020-10-07 by Taylor Riley Photos by Dick Arnspiger