Since I founded MAY Designs in 2009, I’ve been creating spaces that draw upon my clients’ inspirations and reflect their personalities. But my journey began long before that — and even before I received my first subscription to Architectural Digest as a 12-year-old.
I grew up in the Midwest idolizing (and working for) my father, a skilled carpenter who in his own way helped people transform their environments. I gained inspiration not only from his work, but also from the way he treated people. And I carry that forward to this day, using a collaborative, friendly approach with every client on every project.
I have degrees — and real-world experience — in accounting and computer information systems technology along with interior design. (My mother, providing even more parental inspiration, always encouraged me to broaden my knowledge.) I worked in both the business and construction worlds before moving to Seattle in 2012, giving me a unique perspective on interior design.
Accounting + Procurement Manager
After nearly 25 years as a CPA and accounting manager for several private companies in the Seattle area, Karla joined MAY Designs in 2016 to handle accounting and procurement.
Working at MAY Designs gives her a chance to branch out—a most welcome change, Karla says, since she has been crunching numbers for nearly half her life. “I enjoy supporting Amy’s business with my professional knowledge, of course, but I’m also learning so much about the design process. I love using the creative side of my brain!”
Karla is a Northwest native, born in Idaho and raised in Shoreline. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Central Washington University, doing coursework while also raising a family. (Then she promptly scored in the top 10 statewide on the CPA exam.)
Married with three grown children, Karla loves to explore the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands on her family’s boat, as well as travel throughout the world. But her favorite thing of all is spending time with her beloved granddaughter, Daisy.