Christina earned a Certificate in Interior Design from the BAC in 1990 after a 15- year career in social work. In 1991 she opened her own interior design practice, which she has continued to this day. "Design and social work are actually closely connected," said Christina. "In fact, my husband is fond of saying that as a social worker I used to help people work on their interior interiors, but now as an interior designer I help them work on their exterior interiors."
Christina uses expertise that she developed before entering the world of design to create a highly collaborative environment that has become the signature of her practice. She believes that one of her roles as a designer is to help each of her clients find a personal voice in the design process.
Oliver Interiors, LLC serves the residential market, working collaboratively with architects and artisans to design stylish, functional spaces that reflect clients' tastes and needs. Christina's designs have been featured in a variety of publications, including This Old House Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine. Her work has been featured on HGTV as well as on local television programming.
Christina has also held leadership positions in a number of professional organizations. She was a founding member of the International Interior Design Association (New England Chapter) Business Leaders Forum and president of the New England Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASIDNE).
She served for many years as a board member of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition (MiDC), culminating in the passage during her presidency of the first law recognizing interior designers as design professionals in the Commonwealth.
In 2010 she was honored by the BAC with the Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award. In 2011 she won ASIDNE's Annual Design Competition Award for her residential kitchen entry. In 2012 she was selected by ASIDNE to receive one of their Design Excellence Awards. The award recognizes her numerous residential projects; her dynamic collaboration with architects, artisans, and families in search of best solutions to residential design problems; and her work in the Boston interior design community.
Christina was selected as a Distinguished Mentor or "Middie" by Design New England Magazine in 2012.
In 2014 Christina took part in the CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) Future Vision. "Visionaries" from throughout North America were brought together to describe the future of interior design in preparation for the development of quality standards for educating entry-level designers.
In 2014 she was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame.
Christina has been involved with the BAC as a thesis representative, a member of the Interior Design Advisory Board, and a mentor to students. Her father, Peter Blake, FAIA, was chairman of The Boston Architectural Center from 1975 to 1979.