Growing up San Antonio, Texas Holly graduated Magna Cum Lade from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family & Consumer Sciences in Interior Design. Holly's portfolio has expanded to include boutique hospitality, retail, and luxury residential spaces. Furthermore, she is officially licensed by the CIDQ (Council for Interior Design Qualification), an industry benchmark for excellence in education and experience for designing interiors with regards to the health, safety and welfare of the public.
Her expert’s eye for design is the product of over a decade’s worth of experience influenced by a passion for art and travel. Indeed, her work contains design inspiration collected from visiting New York, South Carolina, New Mexico and Canada with foreign accents derived from the trendy cities of New Zealand. Decades of observation has molded Holly’s design philosophy, which has updated and broadening her aesthetic.
Fashion also influences her design. She looks at how she can translate a piece of clothing or wardrobe that really inspires her into a space. Holly is also a visual artist, painter and product designer. She loves working with her hands is always creating something fun whether it's for a party, the holidays or for a client.
Holly is focused on creating vibrant, colorful, and eclectic interiors. She is drawn to anything with motifs especially ones that are Moroccan, Indian, African and Native American. She also has a special place in her heart for insects, pineapples, cactus and the Southwest.
Holly is constantly building relationships with the professional community. Holly has been a member of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, AIA (American Institute of Architects), IIDA (International Interior Design Association), ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), the Home Builders and Remodelers Council of Vermont, and was on the board of the AIA Homes Tour in San Antonio, Texas.
With every project, Holly strives to design a timeless living environment with multi-generational appeal. She is bold (and a little playful), designing spaces that are intuitive and comfortable.
Kristen spent her upbringing in several places including Virginia, Kansas, North Carolina, and Vermont. She graduated from Endicott College in Massachusetts with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Interior Design. During a semester, she was also able to study design abroad in Florence, Italy.
While attending Endicott College, Kristen experienced various approaches to design. The most prominent experience was attending the Trading Places: 24 Hour Inclusive Design Challenge hosted by The Institute for Human Centered Design in collaboration with The Royal College of Art. The product of the design challenge was to analyze the city of Boston and create a solution to make the city more accessible for people of all ages and abilities. For a designer who thrives on collaboration, it was an incredible experience to design a product alongside other creatives of different backgrounds such as industrial designers and psychologists.
Kristen’s design theory is inspired by a simple yet particular item; a silver spoon that is part of a set passed through her family of compassionate, resilient women of pianists, seamstresses, upholsterers, play writers, hat makers and artists. While studying in Florence, her design professors recited a quote that really stuck. "An architect should be able to design anything; from the spoon to the city." Those words make Kristen feel invincible as a designer as she always tries to push her designs to the extraordinary.