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Kristina Crestin Design is looking for another Design Assistant!

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We’re looking for a talented driven individual to join our team as a Design Assistant.

They will assist in every step of a project, from sourcing products and materials, working on construction documents, project installations, marking and more.

The role of Design Assistant would entail:

  • General office duties supporting the design staff; Sourcing tile, lighting, furniture, fabrics and other items for projects; running errands & obtaining samples.
  • Preparing materials and presentations for meetings; meeting follow up with design team executing action items.
  • Order management; assist with the ordering of product.
  • Marketing; When we don’t have an intern the design assistant would assist in updating our web site and Houzz as needed, assist in blog layout and uploading, provide some Instagram and Facebook support.
  • Support with special events and photo shoots.
  • We are a Mac based firm, so you will work on layouts in Pages and spread sheets for schedules in Numbers.
  • The Design Assistant would be working directly with the Principal Designer on some projects and as part of a bigger team assisting the Junior Designer on larger projects.

What we like to see:

  • You should consider Apple’s Pages and Numbers like family, very close family!
  • Strong communication skills, accountability and self motivation.
  • The ability to work as a team.
  • A great attitude!

A must:

  • A degree in interior design.
  • A solid understanding of AutoCAD.
  • 1-2 years of interior design experience in a residential design firm.
  • A reliable car.

Time requirement: This is a full time salaried position.

Sound like a fit?  We’d love to hear from you. Apply by emailing kristina@kristinacrestindesign.com with the subject “Design Assistant Position” and your name in the subject. Please include your resume and samples of your work.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Kristina Crestin Design is looking for a Design Assistant!

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We’re looking for a talented driven individual to join our team as a Design Assistant.

They will assist in every step of a project, from sourcing products and materials, working on construction documents, project installations, marking and more.

The role of Design Assistant would entail:

  • General office duties supporting the design staff; Sourcing tile, lighting, furniture, fabrics and other items for projects; running errands & obtaining samples.
  • Preparing materials and presentations for meetings; meeting follow up with design team executing action items.
  • Order management; assist with the ordering of product.
  • Marketing; When we don’t have an intern the design assistant would assist in updating our web site and Houzz as needed, assist in blog layout and uploading, provide some Instagram and Facebook support.
  • Support with special events and photo shoots.
  • We are a Mac based firm, so you will work on layouts in Pages and spread sheets for schedules in Numbers.
  • The Design Assistant would be working directly with the Principal Designer on some projects and as part of a bigger team assisting the Junior Designer on larger projects.

What we like to see:

  • You should consider Apple’s Pages and Numbers like family, very close family!
  • Strong communication skills, accountability and self motivation.
  • The ability to work as a team.
  • A great attitude!

A must:

  • A degree in interior design.
  • A solid understanding of AutoCAD.
  • 1-2 years of interior design experience in a residential design firm.
  • A reliable car.

Time requirement: This is a full time salaried position.

Sound like a fit?  We’d love to hear from you. Apply by emailing kristina@kristinacrestindesign.com with the subject “Design Assistant Position” and your name in the subject. Please include your resume and samples of your work.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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I get to do the coolest things sometimes!  This weekend I styled a table that was providing inspiration for the upcoming Diner en Blanc. Its basically a giant secret diner meets flash mob. Sounds like a blast, though allot of work – you bring all your stuff! That’s right – table, chairs, food and fabulous decor of course. All while wearing white and having everything you bring be white. No pressure. :)

Yesterday Kristen from the blog The Boston Fashionista was coming over with a pile of fabulous clothes to do the shoot.  (check out her blog post here! ) I went to work last week by hitting up the lovely duo at Artifact Home and Garden for many lovely items I could borrow. What a shopping trip.

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Because I couldn’t decide I went for two looks – my original satin brass and white direction (with gold antlers!) and then another slightly more formal direct with an amazing set of dishes rimmed with the most delicate silver detailing. Below is the silver ‘look’. I got Meggin from the Singing Flower to lend her expertise with all things floral, which really pulls it all together and lends that finishing touch.

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I do love the silver, but the gold antlers really gets me. I mean seriously – check them out!  I paired that with a clean, minimal satin brass place setting from West Elm.  I hope this provides inspiration for all the lucky people going to the Diner en Blanc!

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Sourcing: The wine that goes perfectly with the table is from Seventy Five Wine Company.
The ‘Antler table’: antlers and glassware from Artefact Home & Garden, gold silverware from West Elm, flowers from The Singing Flower.
The ‘Silver table’: candle holders, glassware and dishes from Artefact Home & Garden,  silverware from Napa Home & Garden, flowers from The Singing Flower. The other items are from my own stash :) .

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Happy New Years!

January 1st, 2015

We can’t believe the year is over. It’s amazing how much can be accomplished in a year. A toast to health, our families and good design! Many thanks to all the amazing vendors, subs and friends/family that support us all year long!

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Even our deer is getting in on the action!

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Mikaela is wearing sequins … how could we not get her in a picture! And yes … that is a turquoise grass skirt garland … of course I had a stack of them tucked in a drawer for a future party, who wouldn’t!

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Cardboard deer by Cardboard Safari (which we spray painted a custom turquoise before assembling) Stunning painting by Christina Baker. Turquoise chairs the Tucker chair by Serena and Lily and Table is the Faline Library table by Oly Studio.

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Holiday Decorating: My House

December 26th, 2014

Greetings! I hope you all had Merry Christmas! I meant to share this with you all before Christmas but I got a not so pleasant head cold and that combined with all the rain led to not so stellar photo shoot days!

This year with taking on some holiday decorating for my clients I didn’t have much time left over to be inventive and come up with all new decorating ideas since I had little time to execute, but I changed it up a bit and brought a new color highlight in this year – a bright sparkly raspberry.

It started actually with some great glass ornaments I already have but then I found glittery paper in the same color – done! I used the paper to piece in a long centerpiece down the middle of my dining table to add the pop of color; layering on things I already owned on top of it. (yes, it’s a shocker I know, I own turquoise glazed dishes ….)

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This year I put my statement piece over the island where I set up a champagne bar – easy access for everyone and added the festive fun touch to the kitchen this year instead.

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Backing up to our island where our bar area is typically set up we kept our drink station, with my husbands prized moose glasses coming out the day after Thanksgiving of course.

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In our Living Room we don’t have that many surfaces and we cut down on the amount of greens since we keep them out so long and they get so crispy. Instead I love surrounding my house with paperwhite bulbs which feel just as Christmasy (is that a real word??) to me as green roping. I started forcing a couple hundred bulbs a few weeks ago and they are the perfect height right now, bringing shots of bright green into all my spaces.

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Hope you had a great holiday ! Enjoy the nice long weekend!

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Finally! All the pieces have 2 coats of turquoise and we figured out how to reassemble it (thank goodness …) and it’s time to go up! We’ve been working on getting frames in our stair hall and making the space more personable – so what better than a 70″ tall cardboard deer!  Now getting it actually up on the wall is another thing to tackle …..

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I think the entire staff was in the stair hall helping, he’s heavier than he looks!

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Success! He’s up! I LOVE that he just fits in the massive volume of the space, and this stair hall is tall ! Finished photos next …. and most importantly – what to do with him for the holidays? Massive garland? ornaments hanging from his horns????  Oh the options!

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Animals are from Cardboard Safari, art hanging by Sarah Johnson, SJ Collaborative and the custom turquoise spray paint is from Waters & Brown.

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Office Update: Our Turquoise Deer

November 17th, 2014

Now that we got our deer assembled it was time to take it apart and paint it – turquoise of course!  Not a quick task, but luckily we had a nice weekend weather wise and I was able to take over a portion of the parking lot with a massive drop cloth and start spray painting it piece by piece. We were able to get exactly the right color as or local paint store, Waters & Brown can custom make spray paint – you just buy the quart (or 2 in this case) of paint you want and they make it into spray cans.

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Slow going but after a couple days of more coats we’re almost done! Now assembling it again will be the hardest part!

Kristina Crestin Design_Cardboard deer painting BStay tuned for finished photos! Animals are from Cardboard Safari

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What else does one do on Easter but work on getting just the right colored eggs of course. A couple weeks ago Mom and I hunted down some color tints that could achieve a turquoise (duh, what other color would I shoot for?) and last night I pretty much felt like a mad scientist mixing away trying to experiment with the right color. I got close. I ran out of eggs before I got the color mix right! I also shot for trying to create an ombre effect too …. also not so successful … guess if I can another couple dozen eggs I could have nailed it!

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Getting the eggs here was a bit of a process …. I don’t know why I thought I could fit it in while I was making dinner!

Kristina Crestin Design_turquoise easter eggs D jpgTrying to find coloring that was turquoise wasn’t exactly a quick stop at the grocery store ….. I did some research and found out that Duff made a line of icing coloring and there were some teals and blues – success!

Kristina Crestin Design_turquoise easter eggs E jpgTo hunt down the Duff color gels you can get them on line or at Michaels.

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I just had a photo shoot here with Jamie Salomon for Cottages & Bungalows Magazine – a holiday shoot for next years holiday issue. In the midst of all this I have been working on updating my own first floor and  decided the photo shoot was a good excuse to try some art in my own entry. I’ve loved David’s paintings of fishermen for ages, but they all are rather vertical, and lets be honest – we have enough fish on our first floor – in all forms! I saw this lovely piece that reminded me of my many road trips in Maine, so I called David up and asked to borrow it.

Kristina Crestin Design_David Witbeck for photo shootVoila, a short road trip to Kennebunkport with Mom and the folks at Maine Art packaged it up for it’s road trip home. Now that it’s here I don’t want to let it go!

Kristina Crestin Design_David Witbeck from Maine ArtHere are some of his other pieces at Maine Art – I’d take all of them!

Kristina Crestin Design_David Witbeck from Maine Art arrayYou can see these pieces at Maine Art in downtown Kennebunkport, ME. For more of David Witbeck’s work check out his web site.

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We Made Best of Houzz!

February 14th, 2014

We just found out happily that we made Best of Houzz for both Design and Client Satisfaction – wooo hoooo! I’ll take it!

Kristina Crestin Design_Best of HouzzMost photos by Jamie Salomon. Bottom 4 photos by Sandra Kimball.

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