About Open House

Open House founder and designer, Karen Hampton, brings a rich 16 year history of creative and retail experience to the design table. From 1997 thru 2009, Karen Hampton owned and operated three successful home furnishing boutiques located in Dallas, Laguna Niguel, California and Wilmington, North Carolina. While in Wilmington, Ms. Hampton was the exclusive model home designer for six separate home tracks developed by Steven Fine Homes. Since 2010, Karen Hampton has been engaged in the design and execution of residential interior projects in southern Orange County, Virginia as well as the Broadway restaurant in downtown Laguna Beach.

About Karen Hampton



Bachelor of Science in Psychology - University of Houston
Master of Human Development - University of Texas, Dallas
Interior Design - Interior Designer Institute – Newport Beach, California

Memberships and Certifications:

Interior Design Certification – Interior Designer Institute
Member of American Society of Interior Designers

Company Description

Open House is a boutique, independent design firm in Laguna Beach, California. The business works exclusively with local architects and contractors on residential and small commercial projects so that a focus on team design is implemented from the beginning. Open House is all about relationships and team building which we believe insures a well-organized, successful process. Due to the detail nature of the attention we offer our clients and the team working on the assignment, we assist larger, long term projects and do not focus on volume rather on quality.

Organizing the orderly progression of all design and construction; services include client programming, conceptual and finished layout, fixture selection and specification as well as procurement and installation of product. Open House is committed to forming relationships with businesses that share similar creative values, communication skills, and team emphasis that ensures a “client centered” focus. Together, we see design from conception to fruition.

Product and Services

  • Participate in potential property research to help determine design possibilities for purchasing a home for personal or rental use
  • Work with client and architect on interior, exterior design and layout
    • Drawings
    • Renderings (when requested)
    • Product samples for selection
  • Assist in determining construction and design budget
  • Assist team on timeline and organization of construction
  • Work with the team for correct plumbing and appliance specification of products
    • Assist client on all product selection
    • Product Specification Book created for contractor
  • Organization and “punch list” for team
  • Purchasing of all products and organization of delivery
  • Direction of product design with contractor for installation


Open House works on a contract basis only that includes an hourly rate of $85.00-$125.00 and the sale of all products associated with the design project. A product budget is determined and agreed upon with the client.

Mission Statement

“Creative design through team”