See how designer Kristeena Budig created a functional yet elegant space for her family

Photo by Chris Mullins

The biggest influencers in Kristeena Budig’s home design aren’t bloggers or Pinterest feeds. They’re her four kids and her husband.

When the interior designer and her husband, Chris, built their sprawling home in Bucyrus five years ago, the family’s goal was to make it functional. On top of that, Kristeena describes her design style as: “classic, timeless design elements paired with a bit of unexpected swank” and “transitional elegance.” Her combined talent of assembling extravagant flower arrangements with picking the perfect knick knacks is the icing on the cake of the beautiful residence built by Bickford and Company.

One of the most sought-after skill sets that Kristeena markets in her own interior design business, Designs by Kristeena, is holiday decorating—she already has twelve clients lined up for this holiday season.

See how Kristeena combines luxury and amenities to make a perfect home for her family of six.


Kristeena loves to cook and spends a lot of time in the kitchen, so she had a long wish list when it came to designing this space.

“I love chandeliers and wanted to give this area a splash of class, so adding two chandeliers above the island was the perfect touch,” she says. The creamy multi-tone backsplash tile and painted range hood add a dash of Tuscan style to the kitchen. The long-stretching island where everyone has a seat at the table was a must for her family. “My goal was to have a space where we could all sit, fit and have plenty of room,” she says.

Outdoor Dining Area

The family loves to have company over and when they do, they spend a lot of time in this outdoor gathering space. For Kristeena, one huge component in making a house a home is a charming tablescape.

“My mom is actually a caterer, so we would always have tablescapes,” Budig says. “She was kind of the inspiration behind this.”


“We live far out, so I wanted my kids to be able to have friends over and hang out at home,” she says. The pool, designed by Banks Pool & Spa, was a huge factor in this and is what most of the Budigs’ heart and time went into when designing their home—between the waterfalls, sunken fire pit, hot tub and hidden water slide, the pool keeps her family busy, especially during a pandemic-era summer.

Formal Living Room

The two-story formal sitting room exudes elegance: A black grand piano is situated against large windows that curve around the half-rotunda room and the velvet furniture pieces add a glamorous touch.

Dining Room

A major game-changer in Kristeena’s design is her keen attention to minute details, like floral arrangements, which she constructs herself. “If I could just go in do florals in homes, I would,” she jokes.

The dining room gives off a warm yet grandeur ambiance with its glistening, intricate chandelier, mixed metals, textured faux wall paint and dark wood dining table, buffet and framed mirror.

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