Christina earned a Certificate in Interior Design from The BAC in 1990 after an accomplished career in social work. She currently owns and operates Oliver Interiors, LLC, the interior design practice she founded in 1991. "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.
She has also emerged as a leader in a variety of professional organizations, including her role on the founding committee of the International Interior Design Association (New England Chapter) Business Leaders Forum and her eight subsequent years of service, as well as her past role as president of the New England Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASIDNE).
She is the currently the Past President of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition (MiDC), a non-profit group that seeks to advance the status and standards of the interior design industry within the state. During her four years as President, the first-ever law recognizing interior designers as design professionals went into effect on November 21, 2014. This law establishes the right of designers to bid as the prime contractor on state projects. ASID CEO Randy Fiser stated in Interiors & Sources (Jan-Feb. 2015 issue), "...this was a monumental victory..."
In 2010 she was honored by The BAC with the Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award for her work in interior design. Alumni who receive this award are considered to be those who bring honor to their professions and provide exemplary service in the field. Christina won ASIDNE's Annual Design Competition Award in 2011 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 November of 2014 Christina took part in the CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) Future Vision, which was a process where "visionaries" were selected from throughout North America to come together to describe the future of interior design, identifying the most critical implications for interior design education in 2017 and beyond. The results of the session are being used to develop the next generation of quality standards for educating entry-level designers.
Christina was recently inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in 2014.
Not only has Christina owned and operated Oliver Interiors, she has also in the past dedicated her time and expertise to The BAC as a Thesis Representative, a member of the Interior Design Advisory Board, and a mentor to students. She also has a particular fondness for The BAC because her father, Peter Blake, FAIA, was Chairman of The Boston Architectural Center during the mid-1970s.