Our Process


Our spirited approach to design has propelled us as leaders in the industry with the objective to deliver our finished products with sincerity, teamwork, and originality on every project. While the details of our design process may vary from studio to studio, they all fall into three main categories: Discovery (where we seek and gather all intel), Design Development (where our creative juices start flowing) and Execution (where we put it all together).

Click on each studio below to expand and read more about our design processes.


Through our curated design approach, we draw meaningful inspiration and authenticity in understanding our Client’s vision and strive to create spaces that provoke meaningful guest experiences. Along the way, you’ll find a series of presentation reviews and coordination touchpoints to ensure your end goal is met. Here’s what it will look like:

A rustic kitchen with a bar and cowhide stools.
  • Gather objectives, and visionary goals for the project, as well as timeline and budget.
  • Collaborate and communicate; we want to understand your brand and customer.
  • Define project narratives, color direction and begin conceptual ideation.
  • Create space plans from a lens of both experimentation and functionality.
Design Development
  • Begin to curate spaces by defining interior architectural detailing.
  • Select finishes and furnishings that marry textural layering and a mix of materials.
  • Present final design vision to the client for approval.
  • Maximize creative opportunities while keeping budget and schedule in mind.
  • Functionality and user experience remain at the forefront of our priorities.


  • Transform our design concepts from vision to reality.
  • Document the design through drawing set development and FF&E selection and specification.
  • Continue to collaborate and coordinate with the General Contractor, Architect, and project team.
  • Review and approve construction submittals and shop drawings.
  • Oversee and field questions during the construction process and installation.

Interior Merchandising

Our interior merchandising team works with some of the largest homebuilders in the country, designing model homes across a wide range of product types, tailored to varying demographics – from first-time homebuyers to affluent 55+ adults and everywhere in between. We further customize our designs to the local aesthetics of markets across the U.S. We want to help you sell more homes, and this is how we do it:

a kitchen with white cabinets and black stools.
  • Get to know the buyer demographics, community, and contextual location of the project.
  • Review the project budget and schedule.
  • Develop an initial vision and concept for each model.
  • Understand builder standards and upgrades for interior finishes, decorative lighting and plumbing.
Design Development
  • Develop space plans for each room from a lens of both experimentation and functionality.
  • Conceptualize design for built-ins, focal walls and interior detailing.
  • Select finishes, furnishings, art, soft goods and accessories for each scheme.
  • Present the final design to the builder for approval.


  • Finalize interior finish selections and design built-ins.
  • Create construction documents and specifications.
  • Procure and coordinate final item choices on time and in budget.
  • Execute on-site installation and finish final details.
  • Final walk-through of the model with the builder, to ensure each detail is perfect.


Our seasoned residential team specializes in new build interior design and full gut remodels for luxury residential homes throughout the U.S. Our design process is intentional, customized and involved – from interior architecture and space planning to furnishing and accessorizing your home. Here’s what the process would look like:

  • Gather objectives and visionary goals for the project, as well as timeline and budget.
  • Collaborate and communicate—we want to understand your family and how you live.
  • Review architectural plans and architectural features of the home and suggest any adjustments if needed.
  • Discuss design preferences and overall vision with the homeowners.
  • Conduct space plan studies to better understand how you will live in the home.
  • Prepare initial mood boards to determine design direction and style preferences.
Design Development
  • Begin to curate spaces by defining interior architectural detailing.
  • Provide conceptual design presentations for all spaces.
  • Develop design palette and select interior finishes.
  • Coordinate cabinet design and appliances, plumbing and lighting selections.
  • Select furnishings, art, soft goods and accessories to complete the space.
  • Prepare construction documents and specifications for the general contractor.
  • Oversee construction process and make regular site visits to ensure perfection in every step.
  • Execute the installation of all furnishings and add finishing touches to the home.


KTI’s owned and operated warehouse in conjunction with our in-house procurement team provides a seamless client experience. From design concepting to final install, our team of dedicated procurement, warehousing and installation specialists will ensure the perfect end result.

a white truck parked in front of a warehouse.
FF&E Procurement
  • Procures and purchases all furniture, fixtures and equipment for each project and manages the status of all orders.
  • Finds and negotiates the best price for our clients.
  • Utilizes an extensive vendor network built over two decades.
  • Aims to increase the value and quality of service our clients receive.
Project Management
  • Excellent communication and accountability from start to finish.
  • Valuable team of advisors, problem solvers and collaborators handling all vendor
  • Involved throughout the duration of the project, are on-site during insallation, and
    handle all closing items.
  • Receives all project goods, inspecting and storing in-house for a seamless installation.
  • Quality control and corrections made before installation day.
  • Timely delivery or project goods for a quicker project turnaround and a white-glove installation experience.

See our work

Check out a sample of our latest work!

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A bathroom with marble counter tops and a large mirror.

We have had the pleasure of working with Kimberly and her KTI team on many projects over the years and are always pleased with the process and results! KTI’s design ideas and implementation are exceptional!

Rob & Kathy Francescon

KTI brings its years of experience and unparalleled commitment to every model home and amenity project we partner on together. They continually provide fresh, forward-thinking designs that are both thoughtful and intentional.

Cheryl Haflich
Marketing Director
Shea Homes

“Your team nailed it. Thanks for being a true brand collaborator. You’ve added so much to enrich the experience… as you always do.”

Amy Levi
President/Creative Director
Strada Advertising