Originally from North Carolina, Kristen fostered her creative eye in the prestigious visual arts program at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Her passion led her to New York where she studied at Parsons School of Design.
After grooming her skills for five years within the interior-design industry, she opened her New York-based firm, Kristen McGinnis Design, Inc., in 2005.
McGinnis was one of a select group of designers asked to design a room for the 2013 Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Showhouse. In their inaugural launch of the Top 20 Young Designers, Traditional Home Magazine selected McGinnis as one of the few to watch. Recently McGinnis was honored by the International Furnishings and Design Association as a Rising Star of Interior Design.