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Where Interior Designer Kari Arendsen Spends Time in San Diego

Wendy Bowman | June 3, 2019 | People

While design runs deep in Arendsen’s roots, it was Paris’ old world architecture that shed light on her personal passion for design.

From an early age, sought-after Solana Beach interior designer Kari Arendsen knew her passions were in the creative field. Armed with studies in Paris, where the beauty of old-world architecture, outdoor cafes and ivy-covered buildings filled her with a deep sense of love and happiness, as well as a family history rife with logical and creative minds—her father is a builder, her mother an artist, and her paternal grandmother was a draftsman in the U.S. Navy during WWII—she went on to launch Intimate Living Interiors in 2005. As principal designer, she works on high-end properties nationally and is recognized globally. Her goal? “Creating curated environs with found objects and highly customized furniture and lighting to tell the story of each individual client.” Here, Arendsen highlights her favorite design outlets around town.

“Brilliant collection of European antiques. Sara Wardrip has been a longtime industry partner I’ve worked with for the past 15 years. Her incredible classic pieces often are the most-coveted furnishings in the project.” 565 Westlake St., Ste. 300A, Encinitas

“One-of-a-kind finds from around the world, including unique wood pieces and stone sculpture. In addition to unlimited options of natural elements, every visit to the showroom is one that is inspired and lost in endless possibilities.” 241 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach

“This local spot’s reclaimed architectural pieces from around the world can be seen incorporated into our interiors. There’s everything from old reclaimed doors, vintage windows, antique, hardware and lighting to corbels and arches.” 2401 Kettner Blvd., San Diego


Photography by: Jenny Siegwart