An Interview with Karyn Musick of Divas N’ Design

Chicago homes and apartments are some of the best-decorated spaces in the world. Karyn Musick and her team at Divas N’ Design are leading the to create even better spaces, many of which the design expert says includes the use of rugs.


Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into interior design.

My passion was always to create wonderful room schemes at a very young age and after high school, I decided to go to design school to pursue my passion. I graduated from Harrington School of Design in 1985 and began working for a design firm in Chicago. In 2001, I started my own firm Divas N’ Design Inc.


Looks like you have a fun and interesting business partnership. Tell us more about your arrangement.

We have a lot of fun and we all work very well together. When we work with our clients, we work as a team. Each one of us brings something to the table, as far as, creativity and balance. It’s a nice chemistry!

When you enter a room can you tell if it has been professionally decorated? What are the tell tale signs? 

Absolutely, I always notice the consistency and scale of the furniture and elements in the space. Color scheming and how everything flows together is another tell tale sign.

Which designs are you most proud of and why? 

I am proud of all of our designs because when a client hires us to come in and scheme their space, it’s all about them. They need to verbalize (as best as they can) to what they are envisioning and we need to deliver the visual end result. It’s very gratifying when you know you hit the ball out of the park!

Is there anyone you admire for their work? 

I am inspired by Martha O’Hara. I love her style

We like rugs. Tell me a little about the various ways your incorporate them into your designs. 

Rugs are a very important element in a design scheme, especially on hard flooring surfaces. Not only do they warm up a space by providing texture, pattern or color, they help absorb sound (especially with hardwood). I also like layering a rug over carpeting to add another dimension.

Why do you rely on area rugs? What is the biggest addition they make to a room? 

They are an important accessory, they help define an area within a space, by adding color, pattern, texture and pulling the room together.

Do you have a particular type, size or color rug that you like to include in your work? 

It all depends on the space … the size of the rug is always portioned to the scale of the space and the area to where it is going and the color scheme.

Any that you avoid? 

I tend to avoid 100% wool if the family has kids and pets.

Yeah, I could see that being a problem!

You have NO idea!

Are their times where a rug just won’t do the job? 

Not very often (laughs)


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