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Meet Krystin Krebs of Krystin Krebs Interiors in Normal Heights

Today we’d like to introduce you to Krystin Krebs.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Krystin is the only Certified Interior Designer who specializes in Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) aka “Granny Flat” design, as well as Short Term (Vacation) Rental Design. In addition, Krystin also offers Home Staging services in San Diego, California. Krystin has worked as a kitchen & bath designer, model home designer, high-end residential interior designer, as well as a project manager. She enjoys every aspect of the design process and loves to see her designs turn from dreams to reality. She was born and raised in Southern California, blocks away from the beach, which has deeply influenced her design aesthetic, which she calls “California Casual.” She specialize in making her client’s homes feel loved, warm, and relaxed.

Krystin realized her passion for interior design when she was a young girl. She had loved horses for many years, she even had wallpaper on her bedroom walls with horses on it. One day, she decided that horse wallpaper was childish, and she was growing up and no longer wanted to see the wallpaper in her room. So she started with a small corner of wallpaper and began to hand peel the wallpaper right off the walls. Her mother was not pleased when she walked into her bedroom and saw wallpaper all over the floor and her daughter standing on her bed, hand peeling the remaining portion of the wallpaper off the wall. While this wasn’t an ideal start to Krystin’s career as an Interior Designer, this was the first moment she had decided that she wanted to design and decorate rooms for a living. She loved planning new designs and coming up with style combinations that she would test out in her own room. This was the first sign that interior design was her calling in life. As Krystin grew into an adult, she went to college and graduated from the Academy of Art University with a bachelors degree in Interior Architecture & Design. She then went on to pass the IDEX exam and became a certified Interior Designer. Krystin has a deep passion for sharing her knowledge with everyone she works with and hosts local learning events, as well as writing blog posts, and creating educational videos about what makes “good” interior design.

Has it been a smooth road?
It was not always a smooth path. When Krystin graduated from college, the recession had just hit. You could still feel the repercussions of the distress across real estate and the supporting industries, as these were hit the hardest. There were little to no jobs available in her industry. The few jobs that were available were paying far under market value, and the people who were applying for these jobs had 10+ years of experience (having been laid off from other companies) so finding any position in the industry became very challenging. Krystin took a full time retail management position and worked full time as an intern at luxury design firm, just so she could stay in the industry and not lose touch. She was working 80-88 hours a week for six months. She became exhausted. Right when she was about to give up on her career, she found a job as a kitchen and bath designer which was paying only a dollar more than what she was already making as a manager, still not allowing her enough money to make ends meet if she quit her internship as well, but she couldn’t let this opportunity pass by, so she took it. She managed to find ways to budget her finances so she could have the career she had always hoped for. For there, she was able to grow and find other positions within the industry that helped her advance her career as an Interior Designer.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Krystin Krebs Interiors story. Tell us more about the business.
Krystin Krebs Interiors is owned and operated by Krystin Krebs, who is the only Certified Interior Designer specializing in Additional Dwelling Unit (ADU) aka “Granny Flat” design, as well as Short Term Vacation Rental (Airbnb) Design.
Since California has a housing shortage, creating an ADU on single family property is a fairly inexpensive and effective solution. Krystin specializes in ADU design because recent laws and regulations have changed to allow more homeowners to add these lucrative additions to their homes, which also provide the community with more rent-able housing.

Krystin Krebs Interiors provides turn-key design package options, making the lending process faster, and the contractors job more efficient. She also provides custom design options for clients who want to make their addition uniquely their own.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
There are some huge changes coming in my industry. Even within the next couple months we will see a major shift in what is allowed and not allowed. Within short term rental design, there seems to be constant changes with new ordinances, rules and regulations.

There is one major bill (Senate Bill 13) which will be addressed later this year that will potentially lift the owner occupancy restrictions on some (if not all) ADU’s and allow investment properties to make these additional dwelling units as well, which will be a huge change.

Within the next 5-10 years, I see ADU’s becoming a normal occurrence and a very necessary change to help address our current housing crisis.


  • $3/sf for turn-key finish packages. This includes up to 4 hours of Krystin’s time to make any necessary changes to fit your floorplan.
  • $5/sf for turn-key furniture packages. This includes up to 4 hours of Krystin’s time to make any necessary changes to fit your floorplan.
  • $150/hr for custom design (finishes and/or furniture).

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Tori McPherson (Visions by VVR, a VVR Marketing Company)

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