Karen began her career at Dexter Design in New York City while attending interior design school. She is a graduate of the New York School of Interior Design, in addition to studying fine art and architecture in Australia. She has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). After completing her education, she designed resort homes on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, as well as homes and offices in the New York and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. In 1995 she relocated to the Twin Cities. After thirteen years of successful projects as a Senior Interior Designer at Gabberts Design studio, Karen opened KSID Studio, LLC.