Carmen Kuhlken


From a young age, Carmen has appreciated design; you could say the career found her! Coming from a family of landscape architects, artists and graphic designers she grew up understanding the importance of one’s surroundings, something that now carries over into her projects at Tracy Lynn Studio.

Carmen is a natural problem solver with a can do attitude and fresh innovative take on design, making her integral to the studio. While she enjoys many different styles, she strongly values functionality which can be seen in each of her clients’ homes.  Carmen earned her degree in Interior Design from SDSU and upon graduating she worked for high-end furniture retailers and assisted in the designs of model homes. She brings sophisticated and timeless designs to her clients and is especially inspired by the outdoors.

A third generation San Diegan, Carmen enjoys spending her spare time with a large group of family and friends. On the weekends you can find Carmen enjoying the beach, exploring the newest local craft breweries, and taking advantage of all that San Diego has to offer. She is also known for her crafty side, creating anything from succulent arrangements to handmade jewelry.

Client Accolades

  • “Carmen, I'm always late with communications.  We love our "new home".  We love the colors, the arrangements, the excellent work done by the contractors, and the accessories.  Thank you for your expertise in assisting us create our new home.”

     -Kathleen O.
  • “Carmen had wonderful ideas for us.  She suggested a barn door between the master bedroom and bath and the result is stunning.  I feel this before and after belongs in Sunset magazine.  I appreciated your willingness to let Carmen take the lead on the project.  She has an incredible eye and great communication skills.  She even had to help me through an emotional melt down when there was a delay in tile delivery.  All skills a good designer needs!”

    – Betsy E.
  • “Thank you so much again for decorating. It looks amazing. We still keep looking and looking at it :) I love how all the colors work together.”

    -Sofia A.