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Meet Krista Watterworth Alterman of KRISTA + HOME in Palm Beach Gardens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krista Watterworth Alterman.

Krista, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Where it all started….

In 2003, I built my company with my boyfriend and a camera phone! I gave a tour of my New York City apartment, and that video got me my first HGTV show. And that boyfriend became my husband. We now have two beautiful children and my husband is my partner in work and in life. At work, I manage a team of amazing creative women and at home I attempt to manage two highly creative children. 🙂

Livable Luxury is my motto…

My husband and I opened our design firm in New York City with an idea for creating beautiful, luxurious homes that were also livable. I imagined bringing extreme functionality to rooms that looked like they were jumping off the page of a glossy magazine.

My modern, clean and surprisingly classic aesthetic has earned me the reputation as Palm Beach County’s go-to interior designer. I also curate my own lifestyle blog “Design Palm Beach”.

My formal training in Manhattan…

I like to say I’m Connecticut born, trained in NYC and happily adopted by Palm Beach County. I received my Master of Fine Arts from the prestigious New School in Manhattan, and furthered my studies at Parsons School of Interior Design. My friend and New York Daily News writer Jason Sheftell, described me as “a designer who gives a room soul.” That was the highest compliment!

My design career began on HGTV…

As a television personality, I am known for my HGTV shows “Save My Bath” and “Splurge & Save”. I was then asked to make regular guest appearances and share my design vision with Robert Irvine on The Food Network’s “Restaurant Impossible”; and with Rob Van Winkle on DIY’s “The Vanilla Ice Project” (I recently shot Season 8 and my finale episode will air on the DIY Network October 6 at 10pm EST.)

Can I brag a little about my recent press and awards?

It’s been a good year! In the past few months my work was featured in Architectural Digest, DECOR, Luxe Design + Interiors and Florida Design. I’ve also been featured in Good Housekeeping, Cottages & Bungalows, Apartment Therapy, HGTV Magazine, Aventura, Palm Beach Illustrated, and Jupiter Magazine.

And I won three prestigious American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards for Design Excellence (2017) and a 2018 LUXE RED (Residential Excellence in Design) award. Hard work pays off!

Product development is our next step…

I have my own line of tile with TILEBAR called “Eighty by Krista” which was inspired by the 1980’s. I am currently working on a second line of tile as well other private label and curated lines of furniture, lighting and fabric. Some fun collaborations are in the works so stay tuned!

KRISTA + HOME is my interior design firm in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. I am the Creative Director and Founder of the company.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve been working in television since 2004, and having my own show taught me (quickly) how to think on my feet. That pressure is immense – carrying an entire show on your own just out of the gate as a young designer. I learned more about design and humility during those days than I ever have. And I used to beat myself up for making design mistakes that ended up on camera, in syndication, forever! As a result, I’m a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my work. This was a teachable moment that made me all the better at what I do and who I am as a person.

The struggle is real when it comes to running your own company as well. I’ve realized that designing is only a small part of what I do, it’s mostly the business of entrepreneurship. The challenge of building a company, keeping it successful, growing and innovating is heavy and fun. We keep it light, inspire positivity, and work really hard.

Please tell us about KRISTA + HOME.
A fresh look…

The tagline for KRISTA + HOME is “Designing The New Palm Beach”. Palm Beach conjures certain images… the bright colors and patterns of Lily Pulitzer, and the island itself laden with history and beautiful architecture, not to mention an opulent lifestyle and impeccable service. But, it’s not your grandmother’s Palm Beach anymore!

We’ve created a new design style…

The New Palm Beach offers a fresh take on this iconic subculture. We are introducing a new design style that can be implemented anywhere. This style blends classic elements with modern touches; a soft, neutral palette with pops of bright color; and a luxurious look that’s livable. My version of coastal décor is subtle, organic and fresh.

Impeccable service…

Our dedicated design team goes above and beyond daily and has a knack for solving problems that seem impossible. We believe in working intimately with families to infuse their homes with comfort, style and timeless beauty. We believe that incredible interior design does not happen by chance. Great spaces are carefully explored, planned, and curated by professionals. A home renovation is a big life event, and the Krista + Home team carefully manages the entire process from the initial client meeting to placing the final pillow to ensure each project is seamless.

Our Team…

Creative Director (that’s me), and I manage all of the design and creative elements of each project.

Chief Operating Officer (Fran Sachs) handles all of the business and financial issues with style and a smile as well as a degree from Stanford’s Wharton School of Business.

Interior Design Director (Pam Hassler) who’s been in the business for 20 years and is my right hand creative and client relations expert.

Interior Design Coordinator (Sarah Eisenberg) is our all-around resident problem solver, and master of scheduling and purchasing

Interior Design Assistant (Lucie Grotti) just graduated with a design degree and is dangerous with a mouse and AutoCAD.

Interior Design Assistant (Joy Bennett) is an artist with mad organization skills and styles a shelf like it’s nobody’s business.

Director of Marketing (Jennifer Ruyack) is a social media maven, has serious marketing talents and is a graduate of NYU.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I have this memory of my Aunt (and Godmother), a very proper Connecticut woman who had a beautiful and elegant home in the Northeastern countryside. Her house was the first professionally designed home I had ever seen. What struck me as a child was we were not allowed in certain rooms. Her home – while it conjures warmth in my heart because of its inhabitants – it was untouchable. I think of her often, and that memory always reminds me that I want my homes to be beautiful and luxurious, AND LIVABLE.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:

Room Images: Design by Krista Watterworth Alterman, Photography by Jessica Glynn
Photo of Krista is by Kristen Stephens

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