With more than 20 years of experience in interior design, Kristen brings a diverse background to her role as founder and CEO of K. Ellis Interiors. Kristen earned a bachelor's degree in Interior Design from Winthrop University, where she worked in the office of Campus Planning and Design. She then went on to earn her NCIDQ designation - the highest certification available for interior designers - becoming a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers.
Kristen began her professional career in Charleston, S.C., where she worked for a downtown design firm on projects ranging from beachfront villas to homes in the historic part of the peninsula. She then joined one of the Southeast's largest residential developers as merchandising manager, designing upscale model homes from Nashville to Atlanta and Raleigh to Jacksonville.
Having grown up in Greenville, S.C., Kristen returned with her family in 2001 forming Ellis Interiors, now K. Ellis Interiors, lending her design skills to friends, families and a variety of institutions. She lives in Greenville with her two boys, and donates her time and talents to such organizations as Serenity Place, St. James Episcopal Church, and Make A Wish Foundation.