About Us

About Santa Barbara Designs of the Interior

Designs of the Interior After 14 years of interior design at our offices in Westlake Village, we’ve had the pleasure of working with some amazing clients, and we couldn’t be prouder of our past accomplishments. From Santa Barbara to Malibu, Westlake Village to Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes to beyond, we delight in having clients for life, who know us and trust us implicitly.

We’re excited that our move will enable us to be closer to the unique neighborhoods of Santa Barbara, each with its own charm and feel, which fits very well with the diverse design experiences we’ve had. It’s perfect for our long-time clients and new!

Karen Shoener, CID, ASID

Karen Shoener, CID, ASID, is the Owner and Principal of Santa Barbara Designs of the Interior. She delights in knowing her clients well, and is rewarded by their pleasure when they walk into their completed home and immediately feel comfortable and welcomed. Her designs are influenced by her appreciation of fine art and unique compositions. She comes from a builder family, and delights in new construction, remodels and home makeovers.

Kind Words from Clients


What you guys did is just amazing

“Oh my gosh, what you guys did is just amazing. I know this is my house and everything, but but it looks like it should be in a magazine like Architectural Digest! We can’t thank you enough for your help in making our home so beautiful!”

Bob and Barb S

A Marvelous Transformation

“Wow! We would like to extend our thanks to you for the marvelous transformation of Stephen’s loft. What you put together is absolutely perfect, and impeccably enhances the downtown mood of the location. Everything looks so appealing and at the same time, it is both very attractive and still practical. We were confident that it would be well-done, but you have exceeded our expectations in every way.”

Eileen and Ken L.

We Are So Proud of Our Home

“We can’t thank you enough for that “Big Wow”! We are so proud of our home and its warm, inviting and functional feel. You paid such attention to every detail and to our lifestyle! It has been such a pleasure working with you both, you’re truly amazing and you took care of every detail. We feel so lucky to have you as our designers and as our friends. Can’t wait for the next project!”

Cary and Julie G

Helping Us Realize Its True Potential

“Dear Karen and Carla, and the rest of the team, we wanted to thank you sincerely for taking our home to the next level and helping us realize its true beautiful potential! Through all our projects together, we’ve appreciated your creative vision, high level of service, and ultimate professionalism. We look forward to working with you again in the future! Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year!”

Melvin and Jenny C

I Am Blown Away

“You guys showed us a lot of stuff in the presentations, and by the end of that day, I knew Genaro and Karen had this. But when I see everything in my home, I am blown away! It’s just beautiful!”

Matt and Stacie

Over The Top

“A short note to tell you Barbara’s house is over the top. You are so talented! The furniture and all of your fabrics are wonderful; the flow of the rooms perfect.”

Judy H

A Spectacular Job

“You did such a spectacular job and made our dreams come true! Thank you for sharing your expertise and for making our home not only a showpiece but a “cozy” place where everyone enjoys to be. Blessings to you!”

Arnie and Ilean B

You Captured That Santa Barbara Feel

“After the beautiful job you did on our Westlake Village home, we knew we’d love what you would do for this house. You captured that Santa Barbara feel that we wanted here, but it’s still pretty contemporary. It’s exactly what we wanted in this house. Thank you so much!”

Matt and Staci