By Kitty Golding
Kitty & Company will be conducting a series of short interviews with Chelsea Residents for 52 weeks, bringing to light differing personalities and design styles in our community. Perhaps you will meet someone new through these weekly interviews or perhaps it will be YOU! Stay tuned and follow us each week – we now introduce you to Krisha Fansler.
What is your current profession? I’ve worked in the interior design field for 3 years.
Your family members: My four sons- Jordan- 17, Joshua- 15, Braden- 14, Logan – 11.
People think of me as: serious but really I am goofy.
When did you move to Chelsea and where did you live prior to coming to Chelsea? We moved to Chelsea in the fall of 2005, moved to Georgia for 2 years and came back in 2017. We lived in Ohio and Wisconsin before coming to Chelsea.
What do you love about where you currently live? I love living in town which allows my boys to have a lot more independence and impromptu visits from friends! I also love the size of my house. It’s the smallest house I’ve ever lived it, but by far my favorite! It has forced me to be creative with the space in order to maximize every square inch and to make it functional yet comfortable for a family of five.
If you could have a second home anywhere, where would it be? I would love a home on the water just about anywhere!
What three words describe your style? Warm, simple, cozy.
What are you most inspired by in your design/decor? Feelings. I am most inspired by the way something makes me feel or how I think it will make others feel.
When entering your home, how do you want it to feel? I want my home to feel warm, welcoming and very loved.
What is one element or trend in design you do not like? Macramé wall hangings have become quite popular once again. Sorry, but I just don’t like them.
Have you ever built a new home or remodeled an existing one? Yes, I have built a home and remodeled homes as well, mostly consisting of design and decorating.
Have you ever sought professional help with the interior design of your home - if so, what did you find most helpful? Yes, and I found it very helpful. It amazes me when someone else can look at a space and come up with the things you never even thought of.
What is the biggest design issue you struggle with? The biggest design issues I struggle with are what to hang on empty walls.
As you think about the home in which you grew up, what elements did you like and do you think you have incorporated some of them in your own home? I grew up in a home with four other siblings close in age, so my parents intentionally bought items that were already scratched and/or dented knowing we would quickly be adding to them. Over the years, I have found myself intentionally buying pieces that have already been loved. It’s fun to think of the stories that go with each “blemish” and the ones of our own that we will create. I like to call it “adding character”.
Have you stayed true to a style through the years, or have you fluctuated in your tastes? It definitely has fluctuated, but not much. I would say that my style has just matured over time.
If you were moving and could only select one item from your home to keep, what would it be and why? If I could keep one item it would be our dining table and chairs where we have shared so many wonderful meals and memories.
Which room in your home gets the most use? Hands down, the kitchen gets the most use in our home. Whether making food, eating food or hanging out, with four growing boys the kitchen is always in use!
Name an item you purchased for your home that you regret buying? I bought a matching bedroom set years ago that I regret buying because it was, well, just “too matchy”. I realized later that I love mismatch pieces that complement each other.
No room is complete without: Texture! I love the addition of baskets, throw blankets, draperies… Anything that adds a different element of texture to the room.
If you are a pet owner, how has that influenced your choices in design, if it has? I do not own a pet, but kids have definitely influenced my design choices. Inexpensive used furniture and durable fabrics will be found throughout our home.
I tend to be a minimalist.
If you were given $1,000 to buy a new piece of art, what would it be? A landscape or wilderness scene
What did you do to pass the time during the COVID-19 State shutdown? I spent a lot of time during the COVID-19 shut down organizing and finishing projects around the house. I’ve also enjoyed using the DTE and B2B bike trails.
A few of your favorite things!
Movie – You’ve Got Mail.
Favorite Historical Place You have visited – Boston.
Scent- Pine/ Evergreen.
Music– I love all types of music but you’ll most often find me listening to Contemporary Christian Music.
TV Show- I’m not a big TV fan. If I sit down I’ll usually turn on anything on HGTV.
Meal – Fillet mignon.
Travel Destination (on your bucket list)– Italy.
Season- I love the fall in Michigan!
Collections– I wouldn’t say I collect them but I’ve discovered over the years that I have a passion for shoes and coats.
Hobbies- Running, biking , gardening, just about anything outside.
Plant – Daisies.
Item on a bookshelf - My Bible.
Kitty’s note: Krisha has worked with me at Kitty & Company for several years now, but we met long before that. I know her to be hard working and a thoughtful mother! She is not one to shy away from a project involving drills, paint brushes or saws! In fact, she should probably audition for a show on her favorite channel- HGTV. I’ve been in several of her homes, and she has always creatively achieved the warm and welcoming feeling she mentions above.