Originality like ours doesn’t leave much room for trends.

Our design firm focuses on whole-room and whole-house design. We believe that successful design starts with great bones. Before we can begin to add the finishing layers of furnishings and fabrics, we aim to first establish an architectural framework that is highly functional and impeccably thoughtful. The most magical design ideas arise while brainstorming floor plans with project architects, debating profiles with cabinetry craftsman, and dissecting details with contractors on site. Working alongside like-minded industry professionals, all contributing our individual strengths, consistently yields the most memorable results. We attribute architectural commitment as the key component setting our portfolio apart.

Marita & Krista

OUR TEAM

We’re constantly pushing ourselves and our clients to look beyond what is familiar and discover the happenstance of a thoughtfully curated interior unlike anything they have experienced before. Kipling House draws traditional inspiration from the spirit of the south, with modern-day sensibilities. We pride ourselves in delivering results that have plenty of personality, but classic is our constant.

Marita

MARITA SIMMONS

Principal

A love-affair with houses lead Marita to a degree in Architecture from Miami University (Ohio), and upon graduation, she took her passion for designing beautiful spaces to the related field of Interior Design.
Marita’s style, described as classic with an edge, combines timeless pieces with exuberant and unexpected touches that breathe life and originality to a project. Experienced in an assortment of styles and genres, Marita assures every project is executed tastefully and maintains a connection to the architecture surrounding it.

Krysta Gibbons

KRYSTA GIBBONS

Senior Designer

Summers spent tearing up linoleum floors in her parents’ 1906 home laid the foundation for Krysta’s love of interior transformations. Upon graduating with a interior design degree from the University of Minnesota, Krysta moved to Chicago and gained experience with a design firm working on a diverse set of projects . Still yearning to pursue her passion for enhancing old homes and a steadier volume of residential design, Krysta returned to the Twin Cities as lead interior designer for a full service Design/Build firm. A few years later, Marita contacted her, which was the start of an exciting business collaboration and a destined friendship.

Karli Jelen

KARLI JELEN

Designer

Karli obtained her degree from Alexandria Tech, where she graduated with honors. Karli’s incredible eye for detail, impeccable organizational skills, and love of timeless design made her a perfect fit within this wonderfully collaborative team.

JAMIE MAHOWALD

JAMIE MAHOWALD

Client Services

Jamie is responsible for all things purchase-related, including gathering pricing, placing orders, and keeping track of delivery.  Her previous experience in a showroom setting,  makes her an expert at juggling communication with clients and vendors.

KATE PACYNA

KATE PACYNA

Business Manager

Kate is a left-brained person who loves to work in creative environments.  At Kipling House she’s the one who makes sure all the bills are paid, office supplies are stocked, and client invoices get out the door.