Kristina Crestin: 2017 “5 Under 40” Award Winner
September 12, 2017
Text by Erin Marvin Photography by Bruce Rogovin
Have you bought your tickets for New England Home’s “5 Under 40” celebration on September 14? We’re counting down the days and are excited for you to get-to-know our 2017 honorees. Today we introduce Kristina Crestin.
Interior designer Kristina Crestin’s effervescent personality—most recently seen on season thirty-five of This Old House—belies a serious focus on creating holistic spaces that best fit her clients’ lifestyles. “I don’t just decorate and figure out the flow and function and furnishings,” she says. “I think about how to pull the entire project together.”
The thoughtful use of millwork is one of the elements she employs for a finished, integrated effect. This strong focus on interior architecture was honed during a number of years at Siemasko + Verbridge. The renowned firm’s project-driven approach spoke to Crestin’s innate sense of organization and linear way of thinking, and she quickly worked her way up from intern to senior interior project manager/designer.
Armed with technical acumen and an eye for detail, Crestin started her own firm in 2009 and now manages a team of four. Her work has already been recognized by more than a dozen industry awards and has been featured in a number of media outlets including Better Homes & Gardens – Kitchen & Bath Ideas, New England Home, Boston Magazine Home, Northshore Magazine, elledecor.com, and houzz.com.
In addition to her continuing focus on interior architecture, the other major hallmark of Crestin’s work can be seen in her creative use of materials: vintage screen doors repurposed for the kitchen pantry; large retro bottles wired for lighting; black pipe fittings reimagined as safety rails for a loft bed. (She also admits to an obsession with turquoise, though assures her clients they don’t have to live in a sea of blue—unless they want to, of course.)
“Even until five years ago I was still finding myself as a designer,” she says. “Now I know who I am and what I can do.”
The “5 Under 40” celebration is open to the public. Join us by purchasing your tickets here.