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Karen Garlanger, NCIDQ: Owner and certified interior designer. 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. Karen believes in the collaborative effort between client and designer, to produce truly meaningful spaces. Since opening her namesake firm, Karen Garlanger Designs in 2010 she has re-branded the company Welcome Home Design Group in 2018.

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, Designer: As a designer at Welcome Home Design Group, 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.

Madeline LaSota, Designer: As a designer, Madeline encourages clients to imagine endless possibilities and consider thinking outside the box while creating a space that fits their personality and style. It is her belief that design should be unique as the client is. As not only a designer, but as an artist, her creative flare prompts innovation and positive risk-taking. She is formerly known in southwest Michigan for her award-winning paintings and is more recently known for her photorealistic 3D visualizations of design.

Having grown up in Saint Joseph, Michigan, she has a strong connection to the area and community. Before joining Welcome Home Design Group in 2018, Madeline gained experience in Chicago at Luum Textiles at the Merchandise Mart and also at Interior Architects, a corporate commercial architectural firm. Madeline earned her Bachelor degree in Fine Arts focusing in Interior Architecture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is working towards earning her Interior Design certification (NCIDQ).

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Dan Hopp
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2018

Karen and her team provided great help to us as we planned and furnished our new house. Help was provided on all aspects of the interior from cabinets and counter tops to lighting and plumbing fixtur... Read More

Kathy R
Relationship: Client
Project Date: May 2018

Wonderfully warm and welcoming experience; we highly recommend Karen, Penny and the Welcome Home Design Group. They are very professional, friendly and prompt in all the design services they offer fro... Read More

Joyce Howard
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Apr 2018

Have LOVED working with Karen and Penny in designing my new Lakehouse! They have offered so much useful advice and direction, I couldn't have done it without them! They are "in the details" and can ... Read More

Mark Reu
Relationship: Colleague
Project Date: Nov 2017

Karen was a pleasure to work with and worked well with not only the client but also the team of contractors. She listened to the clients ideas and thoughts and through her great eye for design and cre... Read More

Dawn Skene
Relationship: Client
Project Date: Oct 2017

Great service, detail oriented, and really listened to our needs and wants. Very happy with our living room make over, looking forward to using Granger Designs in the near future! Read More

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

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