A TALE OF
AN ASPIRING DESIGNER

I was always interested in art, architecture, and design from a young age. My sister is an artist and my aunt is a stylist- they were my biggest influences early on. Around tenth grade in high school, I realized I wanted a career in the arts and thought I would love to be a stylist like my aunt. I went to school in Mississippi and majored in Interior Design and minored in Art, thinking I would use the tools I learned from these fields to apply to a career in styling. I fell in love with Interior Design and wanted to make it my career.

During my spring break before graduating, I came to Dallas and interviewed at several firms, landing with Emily Summers Design Associates, a top high-end residential design firm. I was there for eleven years and learned so much from Emily and the other talented designers I worked with. I was able to work on amazing projects and learn about truly bespoke design. I’d work from 8:30 am to and often stay until 8:30 pm, absorbing as much as I could as a young designer.

I learned about all the legendary 20th-century furniture designers- Prouve, Eames, Perriand, Nakashima, Van der Rohe, Wegner… there are so many greats. I also realized I have a special interest in Danish design. I love the smooth forms in beautiful woods, so commonly seen from Danish designers.

In 2015, I went to work as a contract designer for my previous firm and formed my company, Kristen Fegale Interiors. Through my work, I’ve realized curating these spaces- bringing the perfect trim selections together for a room, detailing butterfly joints on beds, and designing custom pieces of furniture, brings me joy and gives my clients something special and handcrafted in their homes. I feel it’s a privilege to be able to work so closely with my clients and build relationships with them. After project close, we are delighted to see how happy and appreciative our clients are and it makes all the hard work worth it.

Design is about the betterment of our lives poetically, aesthetically, experientially, sensorially, and emotionally. 

— KARIM RASHID

Kristen Fegale

PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

Kristen is inspired by her clients, art and travel. She strives to bring a unique personalization to every space she designs. She feels a home should flow from room to room- but with a few surprises to add interest to each space. Kristen is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, summa cum laude, with a degree in Interior Design. Kristen has won several awards, including 1st Place for Historic Preservation from ASID Legacy of Design Awards and 1st Place in Commercial Design from the Dallas Paper City Design Awards.

Kristen resides in Dallas, TX with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, studying design (yes, it’s true, she can’t get enough), listening to podcasts and audiobooks, traveling and painting.

Nicole Bookhout

DESIGNER

Nicole is always happy to take on the challenge of a new project and ensure all the details come together seamlessly. She’s skilled at creating beautiful layouts and detailed drawings. Nicole graduated from Texas Tech University where she obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Interior Design and Environmental Design. Nicole spent four years in the commercial and healthcare design field before joining KFI. She enjoys the creativity and special attention to details that go into residential design.

Nicole lives in Rockwall, TX with her husband and their Australian Shepherd. She spends most of her summer weekends on the lake boating and enjoying other lake activities. Nicole also enjoys gardening, painting and home renovation projects.

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