Better Living through Blogging
August 10, 2010


UNT's home furnishings merchandising program has been part of many great success stories, and Kris Bernard's (BS '01, MBA '03) post in today's dynamic blogosphere is just another great example. As co-founder and editor-at-large of the Better Living through Design website, Bernard and her business partner, Katie Hagar, have created an online resource for readers while sharing their passion for home furnishings.  While Kris describes her aesthetic as minimalist, her basic design philosophy focuses on reduction of cost, space, and environmental impact. "I love the look of sparse, well- designed homes that use space in interesting and innovative ways," says Bernard.  Known as one of the 'lovely ladies of cyberspace,' Bernard's website was recently featured in Loft Life magazine and was selected as one of the Top 100 Design Influencers by Time Magazine in 2007. 

When not busy blogging, the Los Angeles resident also works as the purchasing manager at New Dream Network, LLC which is one of the largest web hosts in the nation. "The best part of my career is being part of a team and working towards a common goal," says Bernard.  Of course, the view from her office window offers additional perks.  As Bernard points out, "the breathtaking mountain ranges, Pacific Ocean, and the famous Hollywood sign always inspire me and keep my creative juices flowing."

When asked about her experience at UNT, Bernard credits much of her success to a quality, focused curriculum.  Bernard says, "I would not be where I am today had it not been for the top-notch education that I received at UNT." Despite her over-achiever determination and hectic work schedule, this creative UNT alumna spends most of her free time searching for cool products and renovating a 100 year old house in the sleepy LA neighborhood of Atwater Village

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