Kristin Novak, IIDA, LEED Green Associate

Interior Designer

Detailing is how we can really capture an idea and shape it into reality. It’s exciting to have a positive and lasting effect with something that I created.

Vitals:

  • 4 Years of Experience
  • Bachelor of Arts, Studio Arts and History of Art & Architecture; University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Master of Fine Arts, Interior Design; The George Washington University; Washington, DC
  • Certification, National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ)
  • USGBC - LEED Green Associate

Kristin’s first job

At the age of 16, I was a swim lesson instructor. My first thought was “Really? They’re going to pay me to teach kids to swim? This is awesome!” Shortly thereafter, I realized it required more responsibility than I initially realized.

Swimming Goggles

Favorite food

I can eat mounds and mounds of pasta. As a former swimmer, pasta was my fuel source and I just can’t give it up even now! I just have to eat less of it...

Things that help Kristin relax

Wine, friends, good food, music—and more wine!

Pasta noodles

Unexpected events

Living in DC, unexpected events are a regular occurrence—like a car on fire (and blocking several lanes of traffic) at least four days a week or that you have to check traffic before heading to the grocery store or church! Although we quickly realized big city living was not for us, my husband and I stuck it out for a couple of years and gained experience that we knew we wouldn’t get anywhere else. We have great memories, friends, and experiences for which I am very thankful, but I am happy to back in Pennsylvania now.