Monday, February 26, 2007

Kari Whitman Has Designs On Celebrities

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A lot of people have designs on celebrities, but the famous folks don’t mind if Kari Whitman does.

That’s because Whitman IS an interior designer whose clients include Jessica Alba, Mario Lopez, Mandy Moore and Virginia Madsen.

Whitman is also the host of a new show, Designer To The Stars: Kari Whitman, where she shows exactly how she works with the big names on big house remodels.

She says the key is listening to the client, even if their ideas sound outrageous. For instance, Whitman admits she was a little worried when Madsen asked for a tiki room because, as she puts it, “I didn’t want it to look like Disneyland.”

Despite her concerns, Whitman was able to bring Madsen’s vision to life after finding some Hawaiian-style wallpaper dating back to the 1920s.

Whitman also says working with Alba was easy, but admits the Fantastic Four star was a little nervous when the designer wanted to increase the size of the kitchen by tearing down a wall.

Says Whitman: “She was, like, ‘Can we do that?”’

Designer To The Stars: Kari Whitman debuts Saturday (Mar. 3) on WE TV.

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