Ask an Expert // Karyn Frazier



Meet Karyn. She is part owner and principal designer at Bungalow 56. Read below to hear how Bungalow 56 got started, Karyn's design style and what she would be doing if she wasn't an interior designer. 


1. Can you tell us about your background and how you got into the design field?

I started out helping some friends who had a construction company select materials, paint colors, lighting, fixtures etc. The home sold before it was finished for over the asking price and I really enjoyed the process so I thought I would get a job in the design field. I was hired at a high end design firm as an intern and quickly worked my way up the ladder learning all aspects of the company. I ended up running the company within a year and half. I then went on to a different company to test my knowledge and increased their sales by 30%. 

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2. How did you come to start Bungalow 56?

My best friend and now business partner talked me into moving to Coronado from Truckee to start Bungalow 56 about 6 years ago. Haven't looked back since...

3. How would you describe your design aesthetic?

I would describe my style as slightly eclectic. The Modern farmhouse movement really speaks to me.  I love clean lined designs mixed with different textured materials. Like ship lap and concrete, but I am also a creature that seeks comfort in a home. I am a sucker for a down stuffed oversized sofa and white down comforters. Mix those elements in with some vintage rugs and antiques and you've nailed my esthetic. 

4. What has been the biggest challenge of starting your own business?

Keeping all the balls in the air and cash flow. Managing the day to day operations while trying to market your business and keep all the parts moving is a daily challenge that gets a little easier every year. 

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5. Where do you see yourself and Bungalow 56 in 5 years?

I would love to have a larger space so we can bring in more furniture lines in the shop. I would also love to design our own line of furniture or design a line for Target.  Move over Joanna! 

6. What is your favorite thing to do when you aren't working?

I love to cook, read books and magazines. You can also find me making flower arrangements or planning some sort of party. 

7. If you weren't an interior designer what would be your dream job?

I would own a floral shop. Or a cooking school. Or both! Or be retired on a farm with all sorts of gardens and animals.

8. What are your three favorite products in the B56 Shop right now?

That's easy! I love the Murchison Hume fig hand soap and lotion. They are my go to gift for friends and family too. I also love the new pillows and throws we just got into the shop.