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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 2022, Krista + Home was named one of the "Top 100 Women Led Businesses" 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 of Fine Arts, she has worked for advertising agencies in NYC and Chicago on multiple large brands in a variety of industries, and has over 20 years of marketing experience. In Jenn's spare time she is supermom to her three children, loves to travel, 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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KIRSTIN KAPLAN

Interior Designer

Kirstin holds an Interior Design degree from Palm Beach State College and a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from University of North Florida. 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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KRISTEN BRUCE

Interior Designer

Born and raised in Maryland, Kristen has been living in South Florida for the past eight years where she has worked for multiple design firms on residential and commerical projects. She received her Master’s degree in Interior Design from The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC and her Bachelor’s in Art History from Syracuse, where she played lacrosse. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, spending time with the kiddos and cooking. Kristen's favorite part of the design process is install day. She loves seeing the design come together and adding the finishing touches to complete the space. Kristen is a mom to two young children and two pet chickens named Dale and Stephanie!

Contact: kristen@kristahome.com

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MELISSA PLANK

Purchasing Manager

Melissa was born and raised on Long Island.  Growing up, (before HGTV) she would watch Bob Villa’s This Old House on Saturday mornings instead of cartoons and would frequently request designer drapery and furniture for birthday gifts!  She has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and 15 years of experience in the industry, working for manufacturers, showrooms and designers throughout South Florida. Melissa enjoys cooking and entertaining.  She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two children and two adorable pups.

Contact: melissa@kristahome.com

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KALEY BOGDEN

Junior Interior Designer

Kaley is a recent graduate of Florida State's Interior Architecture and Design program.  She was born and raised in New Jersey, and moved to Palm Beach county a few years ago.  Kaley is a strong believer in designing spaces that are not only beautiful, but functional environments to improve one's mental health. She is an AutoCad and Photoshop whiz with an even tempered personality that brings a pleasant calm to every project she works on!  When not at the office, you will find Kaley enjoying the outdoors, working out at Orangetheory or spending time with friends and family.

Contact: kaley@kristahome.com

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DAVID LAPPERT

Junior Interior Designer

We are so excited to have David join our team after completing multiple internships with KRISTA + HOME!  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design, the top interior design school in the United States. Born and raised in Jupiter, Florida, David loves one-of-a-kind spaces in all styles and aesthetics with his favorites being those that are highly contemporary, global and chic. He has an incredible eye for selecting beautiful pieces and frequently travels to Europe where he finds great inspiration for his design work. On weekends you will find him out on the boat or spending time in a city.

Contact: david@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

Purchasing Coordinator

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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EMILY KUSBER

Administrative Assistant

Emily recently relocated to the Palm Beaches after living in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 30 years.  She has worked in a variety of different industries and is excited to enter the creative world of Interior Design.  Emily is a whiz at keeping our office organized and making sure everything runs smoothly. When she is not working, you may find her crafting the perfect latte or espresso in her new kitchen, watching constant reruns of New Girl  or exploring the beautiful outdoors with her boyfriend Ryan and her two dogs Louie and Dante.

Contact: emily@kristahome.com

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