Who is Kristina Crestin? ‘Farmhouse Fixer’ star thanks PBS’ ‘This Old House’ for getting HGTV show

NEW ENGLAND: If you’ve ever watched an episode of “Farmhouse Fixer,” you might have noticed “New Kid on the Block” singer Jonathan Knight in his element as he tours New England from up and down, ready to renovate historic farmhouses into a dreamy haven. . While the jaw-dropping final outing towards the end of each episode may leave you in awe, there’s no denying that Knight couldn’t have accomplished such a jaw-dropping end result on his own.

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Thanks to his co-star/designer Kristina Crestin, each of the dilapidated old houses featured on the show are given a new lease of life. While Crestin’s design skills speak for themselves in nearly every episode of the HGTV show, however, not much is known about this soft-spoken designer. If you’ve ever wondered about Crestin’s credentials and how she landed the coveted hosting role on an HGTV show, keep reading.

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“Famrhouse Fixer” features Jonathan Knight and Kristina Crestin (Jonathan Knight/ Instagram)

Who is Kristina Crestin?

Jonathan Knight may be a well-known celebrity, thanks to his time on ‘New Kid on the Block’, but his ‘Fixer Farmhouse’ co-star Kristina Crestin is also a celebrity in her own right, having been cast as the Designer. of the Year for 2019. Unlike many designers who end up falling into the design world, Crestin has always had a keen eye for interior design and knew she wanted to be a designer. In an interview with Scout and Nimble, she explained, “I had a pretty straight line into interior design. I’ve always been obsessed with Legos and building. When I was furnishing houses with Legos, I never mixed colors – ever!”

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Her passion for design led her to Endicott College in Beverly, MA. “I went to Endicott College in Beverly, MA, which was a lovely place, small classes, right by the ocean, and a new place for me – Boston’s North Shore. I fell in love with the area. I got a great senior internship and ended up working at this company straight out of school for about 8 years Endicott’s program is very internship oriented and was really helpful in learning what the job really was interior design versus what you think it is,” she explained.

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Eventually, she decided she wanted to branch out on her own, so she quit her job and started her own New England-based interior design company called Kristina Crestin Design. On her company’s website, she explained her love for colors and creating stunning spaces. “She creates atmospheres infused with light and creativity with her signature styles; modern farmhouse, modern beach house, as well as her take on the traditional,” the website states. Her special love for restoring and redesigning old homes led her to briefly appear on the iconic PBS show “This Old House.”

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Crestin opened up about how being on the PBS show pushed her out of her comfort zone and allowed her to explore other avenues. “Participating in a season of This Old House was” where I started being both the interior designer and the talent who also had to find time to do the filming. That’s when I wanted to do more,” she said. Her time in the series caught the attention of several producers, who contacted her on several occasions. But unfortunately, nothing worked until “Farmhouse Fixer” came along. “Since then, production companies have contacted and gone through the early stages of Skype and interviews, but nothing ever came to fruition. I also did not undertake any proactive research. One day I received a call from the production company sharing info about the show and asking if i wanted to interview him they let me know that my friend Jon was hosting the show but needed a designer and would i be interested – the answer was OF COURSE!” she shared.

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After that, it was a cakewalk for Crestin, who landed the role of co-host of “Farmhouse Fixer.” “I had the benefit of the host knowing my skills and making a suggestion as well as their market research in the area. My past experience at This Old House probably helped. Candid interviews and being myself were my take on the process and then sat down to see what they thought of it,” she replied when asked how she landed the role.

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We can’t wait to see Crestin return to our screens and show off his exquisite designs and creativity in the upcoming Season 2 of “Farmhouse Fixer” which premieres Wednesday, August 24 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV and will be available to stream on the Discovery+ app.

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