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. She also curates her own lifestyle blog Design Palm Beach.

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.

Krista won 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.

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. 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

 

 

MICHELLE SCIRICA

Junior Interior Designer

Having experienced living in four different states throughout her childhood, Michelle always knew Florida was where she wanted to call home after college. Michelle graduated from one of the top interior design schools in the country with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. Starting her career a week after graduation, she's immersed herself in high end residential projects where she truly values the relationships she's made with her clients. When she's not at the studio, you can typically find her taking an Orangetheory fitness class, running half marathons, or taking beach walks with her favorite fluffy-companion, Teddy.

Contact: michelle@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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JENN RUYACK

Director of Marketing

Jenn manages all of the Social Media, Marketing Communications, Public Relations and Advertising for the Studio. Jenn graduated from the prestigious New York University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts. She has worked for ad agencies in NYC and Chicago on a variety of brands in a variety of industries, but Krista is definitely 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.

Contact: jenn@kristahome.com

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