July 10, 2011


imageAbout Kristen


Gypsy Soul Interiors is the brainchild of Kristen Petty Dowd, an Alabama baby grass-fed and collegially reared in the Lone Star State. A purist when it comes to most things Southern, Kristen wildly abandons her roots in matters of the home. A pinch of traditional with equal parts funk and reckless abandon, Kristen’s style can only be defined as soulful living.

After graduating from TCU, Kristen took on the business world where she later met and married Ben, a successfully reformed Yankee. After more than 8 years with brief stints in Boston, San Diego and Atlanta where daughter Caroline and business Gypsy Soul Interiors were born, Kristen finally made her way back to Texas.

In 2009, Kristen expanded Gypsy Soul Interiors into a full-fledge interior design business anchored by vintage furniture re-sell, an area in which Kristen thrives. 2012 brought huge changes for Gypsy Soul Interiors. Kristens son, Banks, was born and design had to take a back seat to life as a mommy of two. Never wanting to stay still, Kristen picked up her old paintbrushes and began painting, and the rest is history.

Kristen’s lineage includes a cadre of oil painters, and many of her great grandfathers and grandmothers paintings adorn the walls of her Dallas home. While watercolors and acrylic are her mediums of late, Kristen is probably most well known for her forever memorialized high school bathroom. Given free-reign to paint and decorate her bathroom, Kristen chose puff paint, a favorite among high school girls in the 1990s. Ask anyone who grew up in Montgomery with Kristen about her bathroom and they will remember the crazy room well.

Today, Kristen is taking her design prowess into the blogosphere with the launch of Gypsy Soul Interiors: The Blog. We’re pretty certain Kristen’s left her puff paint days behind and finally landed her gypsy soul in its rightful place.