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PBG-coverPublished in: PBG Lifestyle Magazine
Published: June, 2011

by Carol Saunders

Krista Watterworth goes by many titles: interior designer, TV host and producer, journalist, wife and mom. This is because she has combined her gift of gab with a talent for creating stylish, contemporary spaces, and turned them into stair-steps to stardom.

Not bad for a small-town girl from Connecticut.

Watterworth’s rise to fame can be attributed to her varied skill set. After taking interior design studies at the prestigious Parsons School of Design, she merged it with a master of fine arts in acting from the famed Actors Studio, giving her a foundation that is both technical and artistic.

She’s now a TV personality who can be seen on programs like HGTV’s “Save My Bath,” and the Food Network’s “Restaurant: Impossible,” a new program featuring celebrity Chef Robert Irvine. She also stars in the DIY Network’s “The Vanilla Ice Project,” starring rapper “Vanilla Ice” a.k.a. Rob Van Winkle.

For “The Vanilla Ice Project,” which was filmed right here in Wellington, Watterworth was tasked with assisting Van Winkle (a fellow Palm Beach County resident) in his endeavor to purchase, redecorate and “flip” a Florida mansion.

“Van Winkle was very easy to work with,” she said, “sweet and nice. Not what you would expect from a big rap star.”

Watterworth said she started preparing for the show just five weeks after giving birth to her second child, but was able to pull everything together in time with some help from Pier 1 Imports. The program became a substantial hit for DIY, and the second season of “The Vanilla Ice Project” is expected to begin shooting in Palm Beach County this July.


Watterworth said that she and husband Eric Alterman, who works in the social networking field and recently sold his company Kickapps.com, moved to Jupiter full-time after the birth of their second child. Their children include 10-month-old Skylar and her brother is 2½-year-old Griffon.

“We had this vacation condo here and in February last year decided this was a better place to raise kids, so we got out of New York City. I had just gutted and redecorated our apartment before we moved, so we kept it. Of course, I had to gut and completely re-do our condo here as well. Now we travel back and forth for business,” she said from her home in Admiral’s Cove.

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