Kristan Cunningham is regularly featured on the syndicated TV talk show, "Rachael Ray."

From a very young age, Kristan Cunningham had an astute eye for design. "My parents had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they gave me the go ahead to redesign my bedroom. "I was fifteen", laughs Cunningham. "I think they were bargaining for a few posters and a new bedspread - not pulling up the carpet, painting subfloors and installing a chair rail complete with two tone paint. When I bought the enormous cane headboard at the local thrift store and lacquered it white, they just gave up."

Cunningham received a scholarship to study interior design at the University of Charleston in her home state of West Virginia. After college, Cunningham headed west to Los Angeles to enter the "glamorous world of design". Cunningham kicked off her career landing a job at one of L.A.'s premiere furniture showrooms, climbing the ranks from sales associate to buyer, where she quickly earned a reputation for her furniture designs. In 2001, Cunningham became a resident designer for a renowned kitchen design firm in L.A.'s hip and trendy Design District.

After an appearance on Home and Garden Television's popular series "Designer's Challenge," Cunningham was asked to join the HGTV family. In 2003, Cunningham became the host and lead designer of "Design on a Dime," the hit show with a fresh approach to budget conscious style. Recently, Cunningham was given the challenge of designing and executing a couple's dream wedding on Design on a Dime's first primetime special. Cunningham's on-air appearances have grown to include popular design segments on "Today," "The Wayne Brady Show," "Life and Style," "Tyra," "Live! With Regis and Kelly," and "Rachael Ray."

Cunningham hit bookstands in 2003, featured in the bestselling book "Design on a Dime: Achieve High Style on a $1000 Budget." It was quickly followed up with the equally successful "Six Steps to Design on a Dime." Other books featuring Cunningham's designs include HGTV's Kitchens, and HGTV's Bathrooms. Cunningham is also a contributor and Lifestyle Expert for Redbook magazine's Marriage Institute. In 2004, Cunningham and her fiancée Scott Jarrell, purchased the home of renowned modernist architect Conrad Buff. Their extensive two-year renovation was documented in a five part series featured in Better Home and Garden's DIY magazine. In addition, Cunningham has made several public appearances in support of Goodwill Industries.

Cunningham resides in Pasadena, California with Scott and their adorable yorkie, Floyd.




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Birthplace: West Virginia
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