Kristen Nix, a Houston-based
interior designer, is known for creating modern,
well-balanced spaces with tailored lines and a
spirited color sense. After studying under Kelly
Hoppen and apprenticing with J. Randall
Powers, she established her own firm in 2011.
Here, she shares her advice and inspiration
The Houston home of Kristen Nix; her husband, Lee; and their three sons, Ryan and newborn twins Hunter and William.
Occupation: Interior designer
Current location: Houston, Texas
1. How would you describe your personal style?
Classic, eclectic, and very much a combination of high and low price points.
2. What's your most prized possession?
My boys: my three sons and my sweet husband—and don't forget my male Yorkie!
3. Where do you feel most inspired?
Traveling or curling up on the couch with my coffee-table books.
4. What's the most important thing to consider when designing
The way a client lives; I strive to make a home functional as well.
In Nix's living room, muted,
neutral tones help establish
a lush, low-key environment
Kelly Wearstler's design of
the Viceroy Anguilla and
Blakes in London.
6. What's your favorite travel destination?
I always enjoy a beautiful
beach, but I also love traveling
to places that send me home
feeling inspired and give me a
better understanding of other
cultures, such as Egypt, India,
Japan. And the energy of New
York City never gets old.
7. What makes a home beautiful?
Natural light and natural materials;
I can't get enough of grass cloth, sea grass, and linen.
8. What's the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Buy once, cry once. I'd rather
a space sit empty than buy something that isn't right. I tell clients, let's wait six months
and revisit before we purchase
Peony Pink in Glass Cube
Reeves Small Polished Nickel|Glass Pendant
Nano Bar Stool
9. If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A comfortable, tailored dress that
could go from day to night, a pair
of Capri jeweled sandals, and
gold Ippolita earrings.
10.On what items do you scrimp?
On what do you splurge?
Scrimp: Mixing high and low is key;
West Elm's Parsons desk and CB2's
"Peekaboo" coffee table are both
chic and well-priced options. And
painting wide horizontal stripes on
a wall is an inexpensive way to
make a space interesting. Splurge: Beautiful wall coverings
and art. And I'm always a sucker
for really great accessories.