Archive for May, 2013

That’s how we roll ….

May 11th, 2013

Yup, that’s my shiny new white ceramic stool I scored for the Essex job. My trusty side kick for the day. Not an intern, not Cooper; just a stool lovingly buckled into the front seat. Mostly because I am adjusting to having the MINI rather than a large SUV and I was already packed with boxes, bins and bags – oh my!  We think it’s going to go in the shower – the same bathroom I posted about yesterday actually. Will share when we get there! Have a good weekend all.

Kristina Crestin Design Blog Post

We have been working on a ton of bathrooms lately, 20 to be exact are currently in process. Good thing – we LOVE tile, lighting and plumbing! You might say I am in my bliss working on pulling palettes together.

This Master Bath came together pretty easily, a nice balance of warm and cool tones. We found this sparkly green tile called ‘midori’ on a shopping blitz at Discover Tile and got the palette going from there. We finally pulled this black slate for the floor after working through some cleaner, more modern tiles that were just too sleek. This bath has a gorgeous view of the forest, so the more natural material worked well and balanced how clean the midori tile and vanities are.  Thinking simpler was better the client went that route with plumbing as well, working with Mindy at Designer Bath to find all her plumbing. She found a fabulous freestanding tub for a great price and paired it with simple, sleek faucets and a tub filler. It was a bonus that we scored the oak sink bases from Restoration Hardware on sale and already had grey stone as counter options – perfect! We topped it all off with this super fun bubble chandelier from West Elm. Thank goodness the local West Elm in Burlington had it on display to check it out. It looked great lit and unlit – sold! I promptly carted that home.

The tile install should start next week – stay tuned for progress!

Kristina Crestin Design_Master Bath Blog Post



There is nothing like the first visit to a project. It’s like a first snow – it’s exhilarating.

This past weekend I got my first view of a new job in the city where we’ll be working with architect John Mitchell Fuller on modernizing these 4 floors. He’s starting some  exciting work on the back with openings of glass and steel. We’re starting plumbing and finishes next week. Stay tuned for progress!

Kristina Crestin Design Blog Post

Last night Stacey and I dolled ourselves up in 20′s attire to head out to the Wenham Museum’s 90th Birthday Gala at Misselwood. First of all, what a setting! You couldn’t get a more perfect backdrop for a roaring 20′s party, it really got us in the mood – especially since I felt like I had a crow flying off my head as I was driving down the street to the event!  I caught some stares. But heck, it’s what we do for fashion! I was jealous of Stacey – she had her grandma’s stole – how often does one need to pull a mink out of closet and have a vintage one!

We saw some friends (Yvonne, from Designer Bath posing with us below), drank some Juleps and event took a spin on the floor.  White Heat, the band was fantastic – it made us wish for supper clubs to come back into vogue. Not holding my breath though. Anyhow, a great evening that raised some decent money; keeping it local!

Kristina Crestin Design_ Wenham Museum Gala

The event was at my alma mater, Endicott. They have a gorgeous property Misselwood, shown above.


I wish I had a clothing fairy right now. One that descends when beckoned and can ‘poof’ make the perfect accessories or in my case hair accessory appear. I’ve been working so much that I completely forgot the Wenham 90th Birthday Gala was tomorrow night! I was pretty excited at the thought of going – hello 1920′s attire and a Derby party rolled into one – all at a picturesque and period location. Feathers, sequins and beads oh my! I have the dress but I don’t have the coordinating accessories – which would typically be a designers dream project to prep for! Nothing a late night trip to the craft store and my trusty glue gun can’t handle. Stay tuned

Kristina Crestin Design_ gala dress

We’re working on such a wide range of styles right now and color palettes that it’s nice to switch between them and explore each. Some come together easy, some take more time. I’ve visited this rug from Landry & Arcari from time to time, always liking it but never having a home. Then I passed the lovely Christina Baker painting on line and something clicked. The peaches and salmons with hints of green work for me nicely. Here’s hoping they like it as much as I do! (Especially the sweet chairs and bar stools from Donghia … the ‘margarita’ chair … sounds as good as it looks!)

Kristina Crestin Design_Dining Room post

Credits: To find the rug call Landry & Arcari, the bar stool and chair is the Margarita from Donghia. Stunning painting is from Christina Baker.


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