Decorating & Design

August 28, 2020

This Designer’s Renovated Victorian Is Filled With Global Treasures

Designer Kristen Peña believes that every home should be a “museum of memories” — an inviting space sprinkled with mementos that hold significance. Whether it’s a hand-carved stool from a trip to Tanzania or a ceramic vase from a local artisan, accessories should be happy reminders of the past. And that’s exactly what she wanted in her own home. In collaboration with CCS Architecture & Interiors and landscape designer Daniel Nolan, Kristen turned a dark, closed-off Victorian into a light-filled sanctuary adorned with treasures from her travels. “I really wanted my house to be a space that was simple in its bones but filled with layers of texture, memory and warmth,” says Kristen, who lives with her husband, Luis, daughters Emmi, 14, and Sadie, 17, and their golden retriever, Willie.

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Author: Victoria Christie

R. Brad Knipstein; Luis Pena (kitchen); Courtesy of K Interiors (headshot)


Kristen Peña, K Interiors; Architecture by CCS Architecture & Interiors; Landscape design by Daniel Nolan