Design  |  Material Selection  |  Project Management  |  Installation

kitchen-bath-designer-walnut-creekFirst Impressions is led by Carol Christenson, an award winning interior designer in the east bay, whom offers full service kitchen and bath design solutions. She has handled hundreds of kitchen and bath design renovations throughout the Contra Costa area including: Walnut Creek, Danville, Lafayette, Alamo & Ruby Hill.

Regardless of the room style, she can transform your kitchen to meet your family’s needs or even turn a master bathroom into a luxurious retreat. Her Walnut Creek showroom is adjoined with Distinctive Cabinetry, one of the premier kitchen and bath cabinet suppliers in the bay area. This relationship is a huge benefit to her clients, because browsing through material samples including: cabinets, countertops, backsplash tile, sink fixtures, and vanities are just a few steps away.

If you’re looking for a stress-free kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, home renovation or room addition, she would love the opportunity to bid on your project.

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For a large percentage of the population, the kitchen is the busiest room in the home. There's no doubt that kitchen design is one of the first rooms home-owners want to remodel. While you want a kitchen design that reflects your taste, it's also important the remodel has a seamless flow of traffic through the room.


Most kitchen remodeling projects begin because the client needs more space, functionality and storage. Whether you want to create an open kitchen design or reconfigure the room to accommodate entertaining or homework stations, First Impressions Interior Design has experience in all styles of kitchen designs: traditional kitchens, transitional kitchens and modern kitchen designs.




If you own a home in the bay area, you know space comes at a premium. Especially bathroom space. Many of our clients remodel their bathrooms because of leaking tubs, outdated fixtures or lack of functionality and counter space. A bathroom remodel can range from a simple update to creating a luxurious spa bath with whirlpool tubs.


Homeowners throughout Walnut Creek, Danville, Lafayette & Ruby Hill realize that a bathroom remodel not only increases the value of their home value, but let's them transform the room into a more functional and comfortable space. The bathroom design specialists with First Impressions help you every step of the way. As design build bathroom remodelers, they listen to your goals and point out areas you may not have even considered.


–  Five-time “BEST OF HOUZZ” Award Winner 


Carol was a wonderful interior designer. She started helping us pick up wall colors the first day we met her and she was very accommodating of our busy schedules. She listened to our ideas and what we envisioned and put together a beautiful great room and master bedroom. I really liked how she guided our vision and not imposed hers. I was impressed by her knowledge and connections in her field. She made sure that the project was completed in a timely manner and she was a joy to work with.
Jenny Ajayi
Recently, we made the decision to have our master bath and bedroom remodeled after 35 yrs. over the years we have known Carol and had her help us with the decorating in both the living room and family room. Having remodeled the kitchen eight yrs ago, we thought this project would be much easier.

Although the kitchen was a major project, the master bath and bedroom are much more personal areas where one goes to relax and unwind. This project involved taking some of the linen closet space so that we could make our shower larger. That meant taking all items out of closet to be stored in other bedrooms. My husband wanted a walk in closet so all clothes had to be emptied out of each other’s closets.

This also meant sharing our other smaller bathroom with my husband, not an easy task for two people. We couldn’t have managed this without an excellent contractor and his great team and certainly not without Carol’s expertise. Carol has a gift of pulling every detail together with a great eye for color and the ability to listen to our ideas and know the colors that we like.

Thanks Carol, we never could have done this project on our own. The end result is gorgeous, we will enjoy it for years to come. The contractor you suggested, Jim Davidson and his crew were a pleasure to have in our home, they were amazing! I would certainly recommend them with their ability to work quietly, maticulously and dependability. They have done an outstanding job with attention to detail the bathroom and walk in closet are fine examples of their work!

Diane Preas
Thru the years ,Carol has ALWAYS been my #1 ‘go to’ for Interior Design projects! She is prompt, efficient, knowledgeable and works within your budget. I have always been very happy with the results, not only in MY home but other friends that I have recommended her to. She has excellent taste and seems to be spot on when she brings her ideas to you. Highly recommend her!
Delee Bodie, Delee Bodie