K R I S T A  +  H O M E.  Designing The New Palm Beach.

Everyone loves a success story, right? Krista + Home was once a boot strap start-up with two employees: Krista and her husband Eric. Their dream was to create homes that not only look like they’re jumping off a magazine page, but that are also livable, comforting and highly functional. The kernel of that idea turned into a movement, and The New Palm Beach became the signature K+H style. All of our projects include a feeling -- a vacationing spirit, a respect for the modern and the historic, and a livable yet luxurious energy.  As we grew into a highly sought after firm, we searched across South Florida for the most talented players, a team who all believe that great service is a calling. What we offer today is a full service firm that creates personally curated and branded experiences for each and every client.

KRISTA WATTERWORTH ALTERMAN, ASID, IIDA, IDS

Creative Director & Founder

Krista is Connecticut born, New York trained and happily adopted by Palm Beach County. Her modern, clean and surprisingly classic aesthetic has earned her a reputation as Palm Beach County’s go-to interior designer.

Krista received her Master of Fine Arts from the prestigious New School in Manhattan, and furthered her studies at Parsons School of Interior Design, one of the top design schools in the country.  The New York Daily News called Krista “a designer who gives a room soul.”

A television personality, Krista is known for her highly acclaimed HGTV shows Save My Bath and Splurge & Save. She's also been featured on The Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible and DIY's The Vanilla Ice Project for nine seasons.

In 2021, Krista + Home was named a "Top Women Led Business" in Florida by the Commonwealth Institute and "Best of Palm Beach" by The Palm Beach Post in the interior decorating category. She won a 2021 American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Award, two 2020 LUXE Residential Excellence (RED) Awards, and a 2020 TCI Top Women in Business Award. In 2019, Krista was one of the selected designers for the prestigious Kips Bay Show House in Palm Beach. She is the recipient of two 2018 American Society of Interior Designers Crystal Awards, a 2018 LUXE Residential Excellence Award and three 2017 American Society of Interior Designers Design Excellence Awards. She is proud to be an adjunct professor of interior design at Parsons School of Design.

Her work is regularly featured in many publications including Architectural Digest, Decor, Luxe Interiors & Design, Florida Design, Good Housekeeping, HGTV Magazine, Southern Style At Home and Cottages & Bungalows.

After living in Manhattan for ten years, Krista, her husband Eric (a serial entrepreneur and technologist) and their two children (Griffon and Skylar) escaped the madness for paradise. Krista is a serious food lover, secret chocoholic, and avid Poker player. Proud mama to Rocky “Rockstar”, her Portuguese water dog. Meet Krista!

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FRAN SACHS

Chief Operating Officer

A senior level executive with demonstrated expertise in operating and growing service businesses, Fran has had over 25 years of success in refocusing organizations, motivating teams and driving change. Fran has extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience, having worked in Fortune 500 companies, emerging middle market companies and start-ups.

Did we mention she's a graduate of The Wharton School of Business and Stanford? Talk about a GirlBoss!

Fran left Manhattan over 15 years ago and loves living in Jupiter with her husband Jon, their son Graham and their dog Oatie. Fran loves to go to the beach, but doesn't get there enough and will happily debate the best place to get a good slice and a good bagel in the area.

Contact: fran@kristahome.com

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ERIC ALTERMAN

Chief of Product Development

Eric is the founder of numerous venture-backed technology companies, including MeshNetworks, Triton Network Systems and KickApps Corporation.  He is an advisor and investor to multiple startups, with a focus on software design and operations.  Eric is also a recovering attorney, with a background in intellectual property, licensing and litigation.  Eric heads up the newest division of KRISTA + HOME, our customized and curated furniture line. When not at the office, you can find Eric playing his guitar or quizzing us on film trivia.

Contact: eric@kristahome.com

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JENN RUYACK

Director of Marketing & Product

Jenn manages all of the social media, marketing communications, public relations, branding and advertising for KRISTA + HOME. She is also heading up our new product division and the launch of the Krista + Home Collection. A graduate of  New York University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, she has worked for ad agencies in NYC and Chicago on multiple large brands in a variety of industries, but KRISTA + HOME is her favorite so far (shhhh!). In Jenn's spare time she is super mom to her three children, attends the monthly Abacoa Food Truck Invasion, and is known for lunching at the Studio where Krista holds her captive for hours of creative brainstorming. Proud mama to a sweet, Havanese mix rescue dog, Oreo. 

Contact: jenn@kristahome.com

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YESENIA Velez

Interior Designer 

Yesenia was born and raised in Palm Beach County. She has been working as an interior designer since 2008, when she started designing upscale homes throughout South Florida.  Her extensive resume includes both residential and commercial design, but her passion is helping people create their dream homes. 

Fun fact: Yesenia proudly served 4 years of active duty in the Air Force before deciding to pursue a career in Interior Design! She got her degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.  On weekends, you can find Yesenia enjoying music festivals, exploring new venues and restaurants, or hosting dinner parties for family and friends while spending quality time with her teenage daughter, Jules and their two toy poodles, Chester and Daisy.

Contact: yesenia@kristahome.com

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SARAH WALLRATH

Interior Design Coordinator

Sarah is the Studio's all-around resident problem solver! She hails from Michigan, but has lived in Palm Beach County for two years. A graduate of Saginaw Valley State University she's a die hard Cardinals fan. Sarah studied Arts & Behavioral Science and Computer Applications, needless to say she's our resident therapist and IT expert. When she's not working, Sarah loves the beach, Hard Exercise Works, and her dog Ted. (She's also a self proclaimed closet foodie).

Contact: sarah@kristahome.com

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KIRSTIN KAPLAN

Design Assistant

Kirstin recently graduated from Palm Beach State College with a degree in Interior Design. Her love of design started as a child when she was watching her dad work with architectural blueprints. When not at the office, you will find her at the beach with her fiancé...a true Florida girl!  She is also mama to two daughters and three kitties (Bernice, Malakai, and Juliette).  Kirstin just purchased her forever home on 1.5 acres in Palm Beach Gardens and has big plans for the redesign. She has a great eye and a fresh, modern point of view that elevates every project she works on and aligns perfectly with the KH style.

Contact: kirstin@kristahome.com

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ALESSANDRA D'AMIANO

Design Project Manager

Alessandra was born and raised in South Florida and has spent the past several years “on the water” while working in the private yacht industry.  Working on superyachts taught her to project manage and problem-solve on the fly, as well as giving her a passion for providing luxury and meticulous 5-star service.  She was also responsible for maintaining, outfitting and contributing in the design and decor for various multimillion dollar yachts.  Alessandra recently became a homeowner and realized her love for home design. You’ll catch her in her free time tackling DIY projects at home, roller skating, and attending yoga classes regularly.

Contact: alessandra@kristahome.com

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CARINA HAACK

Administrative Assistant

Carina was born and raised in Palm Beach County. She recently graduated from Florida State University with two degrees in accounting, go ‘Noles! She is a regular at various coffee shops in the area and loves to spend weekend mornings there with a good cup of coffee and an even better book. She recently took up paddleboarding and loves getting out on the water when she can. There's nothing like a peaceful early morning appreciating the beauty of Palm Beach. When she’s not out on the town or working, she loves spending time with her family at home and cooking up some amazing family recipes!

Contact: carina@kristahome.com

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