Our Approach

Our goal is simple: make you happy! To exceed your expectations, and fulfill your dreams in optimizing your space—for life and work. We blend practical function and safety considerations with inspiring solutions that help you fall in love all over again with your home or office. Be it design, staging or transition support, our collaborative approach is tailored to invite you into the process without overwhelming you.

Meet the Team

With more than two decades of experience in business, real estate and residential organizing, staging and styling, founder and owner Karen Pfeiffer Bush leads with undeniable passion and integrity. Her dynamic and equally passionate team of experts are committed to elevating your experience and vision of what's possible.

Karen Pfeiffer Bush

Chief Executive Officer

The best part about my job is working with my fabulous, fun and brilliant team. I absolutely love the swirl of creativity going on around me when I enter the office. When I’m out in the field visiting with clients and referral partners, I'm always so invigorated to hear how much our team is loved by everyone we come in contact with. Client happiness is always our top priority, but happy, motivated and empowered employees is my mission because I know that when my team loves their work, our clients are happy.

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My career has taken some interesting twists and turns,  but I firmly believe that each step of my journey has lead me to my beloved Housewarming. In my early career, I was a magazine editor and wrote a weekly real estate column, which sparked a lifelong obsession with home and interior design. Next, I turned to project management in the book publishing world in mid-town Manhattan. That experience was the ultimate in honing my ability to manage multiple projects and tasks. I moved to Seattle in 1993 and joined a high-end commercial printing company with headquarters in Los Angeles. I started their customer service department, and then moved on to sales and marketing. That was a whirlwind of 24-hour-a-day schedules and hopping on airplanes a little too often over an 11 year period. It was a fun and exciting job, but when baby #2 came along, it was time for a change. Speaking of babies, my most important job as Mom has certainly provided me with a foundation for my business based upon compassion, love, respect and most importantly FAMILY FIRST. My job as mom, along with my voyeur-like obsession with homes and design, lead me to a five year stint selling real estate. During that period, I started staging my own listings and helping clients with the downsizing and moving process, and voila…baby #3, Housewarming, was born!

Each client that we have had and each one that we continue to serve enlightens and expands our breadth of services because when you’re in service to others as we are, no client or project or day is ever the same. That’s why all these years later, Housewarming continues to grow and expand. When someone asks us for help, even if we’ve never encountered their request, we say “Yes, we can!” and we figure it out and take care of them. I am so very grateful for the opportunity to have helped so many people over the years through good times and difficult times, and promise that Housewarming and it’s fabulous, happy, motivated team will be here for many years to come to help many, many more people through life’s transitions.

Every client and every opportunity is a gift that I don’t take for granted. I hope that our clients and referral partners would agree that I take them all very seriously, and that in working with them to lighten their load, I’ve lightened their hearts.

Amanda Kratochvil

Managing Director & Senior Designer 

I love my job and especially to be able to solve my client's problems that they have with their homes. I find joy in solving the puzzle that each client brings me, and I love to see the satisfaction on my client’s faces when they see the result of my work.

I’ve grown with Housewarming, starting as a stager to become Housewarming’s Managing Director and Senior Interior Designer. While I am very much still involved in the daily operations and business strategy, I spend most of my time now focused on our interior design clients and the continued development of our residential division.

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My success lies in my constant search for solutions to existing challenges and my never-ending passion for improving efficiency. I’m not satisfied with mediocrity and I’m continually pushing to improve the world around me. My career has been the most rewarding, and humbling experience of my life. I adore being able to impact the way others live and enjoy their lives. I strive to solve my client's problem first and foremost, before even considering any aesthetics. I work hard to facilitate these solutions in ways that don’t make my clients feel like they are settling for anything.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and an unparalleled passion for creating functional and beautiful spaces for life and work. I also love Housewarming and our amazing team of caring, fun and talented people. I am inspired by design, but I am equally inspired by my Housewarming team.

I live my passion every day, and I am proud of the accomplishments I’ve had in my career to date.

Lori Sullivan

Project Manager & Photographer

The best part about my job is seeing quick transformations. We often stage vacant homes, going from empty in the morning to a warm, inviting home ready to be seen by potential buyers in the afternoon.

I also love working with our move management clients who are so happy and surprised when they see what we’ve done with their new home. Most people are a little apprehensive about the transition from one home to another, particularly if they’ve been in their home for a long time. Seeing the sense of relief and delight on their faces when they walk into their new home is very satisfying.

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I studied interior design at Bellevue College and have been staging homes for 8 years. I’ve also been Housewarming’s photographer over the past year and believe that my perspective on staging a property is unique in that I can see, whether we’re photographing the listing or not, how the property will show to potential buyers. Please check out our portfolio to see my photography work.

It's also important to me and I know it's important for our clients to know that I work with an amazing group of people at Housewarming. Everyone genuinely cares about the people we work for and they go above and beyond to make sure our clients are happy. That attitude is contagious and motivates all of us.

Mayra Garcia

Interior Designer 

As an interior designer, I know that what I do has the potential to elevate a person’s state of well-being. In helping design spaces that not only function properly, I hope I also help people live better lives physically and emotionally.   I receive a real sense of satisfaction in my role at Housewarming and it feels good!

I enjoy all aspects of the design process from researching components of a project (building codes, fixtures, finishes and design trends) to space planning.  I always strive to source materials and fixtures that are not only amazing to look at, but also function and work properly. After all if it does not work, it doesn’t matter how beautiful it is!

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As part of the Housewarming team I get to help support interior design and styling projects. I have a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Bellevue College and have supported sales and marketing operations in previous jobs. The Housewarming team is truly one of a kind and it is a pleasure getting to work alongside people who are passionate about design and about helping others.

Julie Norris

Client Concierge

Like Housewarming’s founder Karen Pfeiffer Bush, I spent several years in the printing industry as a sales/client representative and print production manager.  Those roles taught me the importance of paying attention to details, precise communication and doing whatever’s necessary to get the job done right and on time.  My clients were graphic designers, art directors and print buyers – all people with creative minds.  At Housewarming, I’m looking forward to transferring my skills and experience working in the graphic field to the interior design landscape.

 

I graduated from the University of Washington and majored in Advertising Communications.  Recently, I returned to Seattle after having lived in Oakland for 23 years.  It’s fantastic to be back home – you could say it’s my housewarming!