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Our Staff of Interior Decorating Consultants

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Katarina Connetta


Katarina has over 15 years of commercial and residential Interior Design experience. Katarina earned her Interior Design degree in 2003 at the New England Institute of Technology. Before transitioning to an Interior Decorator, Katarina was part of the merchandise display team responsible for the beautiful appearance of our stores. Her specialties include spatial planning in creating, interpreting, and modifying blueprints. Katarina’s diverse skills lend themselves to any project, big or small. Her extensive knowledge of the design process from beginning to end will guide you in making good solid decisions on furniture, color palettes, window treatments, accessory selections, and more. Katarina's sense of style is very eclectic. She has a passion for mixing the old with the new. Whether your space is a new build, complete remodel, or a simple refresh, Katarina will help you elevate your space to the next level. She will help you create a beautiful, functional, and unique space that is everything you need it to be and more. Stop by The Rhode Island Design Center and meet Kat. Let her assist you in making “your vision” come true!

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Kristen Marcks 



As a decorator, Kristen understands how tricky and challenging spaces can be. She loves a challenge! Mistakes can be expensive and disappointing. Buying things and returning them wastes time and energy. As your Decorating Solutions decorator, Kristen will put a solid design plan in your hands, allowing you to know what's right for your space (or not), and you can work to the plan as your time and finances allow. With your Decorating Solutions plan, Kristen spends time in your home to discuss, measure and work out any design and color details. Design is collaborative and should address the wants and needs of everyone in your home! Sometimes homeowners have so many good ideas that they just can't narrow it down to one, or often they just can't find a good starting design concept. After the visit, a meeting takes place in the Rhode Island Design Center's beautiful Design Studio to refine your plan together with Kristen, focusing on how the space is to be used, and how it can be made more durable, comfortable and attractive. Along the way, you will also learn Kristen's designing tips and tricks to bring life to your space, and hopefully have a little fun too! With her expertise you should save time and money. Kristen has been a decorator for over 18 years and has helped hundreds define their spaces in a way they were just not able to do by themselves. From furniture placement, whole-house color schemes, lighting, ADA compliance, blueprint reviews, and moving and downsizing - Kristen can help. Feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions!

Jennifer Ware 

Jennifer joined Cardi’s Furniture & Mattresses and the the Rhode Island Design Center in 2006. Jennifer has a diverse art, design and teaching background that supports several aspects of planning and creating living spaces that are safe, efficient, affordable, environmentally friendly, supportive of the community and reflective of the individual life style. She has been designing for over 25 years. Prior to joining the Rhode Island Design Center, Jennifer was an art teacher and now also owns her own business which provided a wide range of freelance services, including interior design, architectural drafting, general contracting, graphic arts, emblematic jewelry illustration, commissioned artwork, staging for special events, exhibits and weddings. Jennifer has also received several blue ribbon awards for her floral designs. These experiences have provided her with a strong background in design and will enable her to coordinate your living space to your style as she welcomes the opportunity to discuss how her skills would benefit you. Jennifer’s educational history includes graduate courses beyond Bachelor of Science degree related to Industrial Arts as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Rhode Island College in Providence, Rhode Island. Jennifer is a member of Team Tarro Inc. 501 c charity for breast Cancer, Habitat for Humanities, Youth in Action, Rehoboth Garden Club, The R. I. Federation of Garden Club and a supporter of the Newport Historical Society.
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