Machado Designs is a full service interior design firm located in Palo Alto, Ca, serving the San Francisco South Bay area. I specialize in kitchen and bath design and major remodeling projects. Based on my clients’ project goals, budget, design style, and functional requirements, I help make the clients’ home more beautiful, comfortable and luxurious. Using my knowledge of green design and universal design I also make their homes healthier, safer, easier to maintain, and more liveable for the whole family. And I use my project management skills to make the project run smoothly for an on-time on-budget completion.
My name is Karen Machado and I manage Machado Designs and am the principal designer. I have lived in several parts of the US while growing up and later had the opportunity to live and work in Japan and the Philippines and travel extensively in Asia. I received a Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Systems Management from University of Southern California. After a career as a Human Resource Manager and Project Manager in high technology, education and government, I decided to pursue my long term interest and become a qualified interior designer. I completed a Kitchen and Bath Certificate program at Canada College receiving the Outstanding Kitchen and Bath Student Award in 2009 and opened Machado Designs.
My interest in design and construction began in childhood as I watched my parents remodel and build several homes. My husband, Paul, and I own a home in Palo Alto which was built in 1928. Over the years we have updated our home to make it more functional while retaining the original character and charm. We have remodeled in several phases—foundation, second story and major renovation of the entire space, kitchen, bathrooms, garage, exterior landscape and hardscape. After living through all these projects with my family I have definitely developed empathy for clients who are living through their own renovation and construction projects! I even functioned as my own “general contractor” in designing, planning, obtaining the permits, and overseeing the construction work needed to finish the space that was an unused attic. I enjoy traveling, especially visiting our son, Tim, who lives in Manhattan now. When not working on my design projects I can often be found playing with our Portuguese Water Dog, Rosie.
Feel free to contact me at Machado.Designs@gmail.com or call 650 714 1433