Designer In Profile: Karen Lynn Poulos, of Karen Lynn Interiors LLC

Name: Karen Lynn Poulos

Company: Karen Lynn Interiors LLC

Position within company: Principal Designer


Tell us a little about your background in design:
Daughter of a South Florida yacht builder and native to South Florida, it seemed only natural for Karen Lynn Poulos to become a luxury yacht interior designer. She began her career in the yachting industry in 1997 while attending the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, where (she earned her bachelors degree in interior design).

While in design school, Karen began working on small residential and yacht projects as well as assisting a well known American naval architect Steve Seaton. She then went on to intern and work at 2 well established luxury yacht interior design firms in the Ft Lauderdale: Pavlik Design Team and Patrick Knowles Designs working her way up in yacht interior design industry and experienced working in all positions within a design firm.

Karen Lynns passion for fashion, beauty, interior design and yachts would soon pay off in at the age of 27 while at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, a well known yachtsman and his wife who were building their 6th yacht hired Karen to design their yachts interior “Shalimar” a 102 foot yacht which was a new construction in Germany. That year, 2001, while in her senior year in design school at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, she started Karen Lynn Interiors.

This was the beginning of the last 17 years of success. Karen has worked on over 90 yachts projects to date, 4 private aircraft’s, 6 residential and 4 commercial projects. She takes pride in providing first class interior design services to her clients as well as project management services.

How would you describe your personal design style?
I personally love all things French. I adore antiques and period furnishings.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
My world wide travel, I have travelled extensively throughout the world.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Minimal, functional, modern and also more naturally green materials.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond.
Space, form, function, colour, style.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
When putting together a design scheme, I believe not only to visualise it, but also to dream about it! I personally dream about all my projects and can see them clearly.

How important are The International Yacht & Aviation Awards?
They are very important in setting a standard in the industry.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a few projects including an 80ft Johnson new build For Johnson Yachts, Taiwan and 2 large yacht refit projects locally.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To visit Thailand and complete my current projects.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?
My painting of my Daughter and I

Your favourite holiday destination?
Aspen Colorado and Paris

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
My favourite bar is Harry’s Bar Venice Italy
My favourite hotel is the Ritz Paris

Your favourite book, film & song?
Favourite film: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Favourite song: Moon River
Favourite book: The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenburg

Your favourite food and drink?
Champagne & Caviar

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
To create new designs and sketches on my latest project.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
An artist

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