Kelle Contine

  • RID, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Owner | Principal Designer
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Kelle Contine

  • RID, IIDA, LEED AP
  • Owner | Principal Designer
  • Kelle is an accomplished registered interior designer with 20 years of professional design experience. Her eye for excellence and positive approach is widely respected across the industry. She collaborates closely with clients and offers fresh ideas and innovative solutions to the creative process. Her enthusiasm for design is marked by attention to detail, which elevates and sophisticates her finished work.

Along with managing projects, Kelle oversees operations at KCID. She is proud of the talented team she has assembled, and is continually humbled by their expertise and passion. Prior to founding KCID, Kelle spent ten years working at PPDS [design + interiors] where she served as Lead Designer and Division Director of Interiors. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and was recognized as LSU’s most outstanding senior in the College of Design.

Kelle is married to Blake Contine and they have three beautiful children – Hayes, Sutton, and Elizabeth. She enjoys spending time with family and friends in the great city of Austin, as well as traveling back to her hometown of Baton Rouge. The Contines are actively involved in the Southwest Austin and Bee Cave communities, Regents School of Austin, and Austin Ridge Bible Church.

  • Certifications
  • NCIDQ #164396, 2003 (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
  • LEED AP, 2009 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Registration
  • Registered Interior Designer, Texas No. 10224, 2003
  • Membership
  • International Interior Design Association

Erin Judge

  • RID, IIDA, LEED Green Assoc.
  • Senior Project Designer
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Erin Judge

  • RID, IIDA, LEED Green Assoc.
  • Senior Project Designer

With a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Business Foundations Certification from the University of Texas, Erin has called Austin home for over 10 years. She has been a part of the KCID team since 2011 following internships at WHR Architects in Houston and Robert Allen Fabrics in Austin. As a long-standing member of the IIDA Texas-Oklahoma Chapter, she has also held LEED Green Associate status since 2013 and became a Registered Interior Designer in 2014. Erin’s experience with KCID encompasses projects of all markets, including high-end residential, multi-family, student housing, commercial and hospitality.

To achieve a design that is both functional and beautiful, Erin approaches every project with thoughtful research, ingenuity, and a focus on collaboration. As a Senior Designer at KCID, Erin enjoys being involved in all aspects of the design process and project management from conception to completion, creating unique and meaningful spaces for all of her clients. Her extensive experience with 3D modeling, digital and technical presentation, and personable client interactions are a unique asset to the KCID team. When she is not working, Erin enjoys exploring the constantly growing Austin community, traveling to inspiring destinations, rooting for her Longhorns, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Certifications
  • NCIDQ #30274, 2014 (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
  • LEED Green Associate, 2013 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Registration
  • Registered Interior Designer, Texas No. 11516, 2014
  • Memberships
  • International Interior Design Association

Nicki Pérez

RID, IIDA, ASID

Senior Project Designer

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Nicki Pérez

  • RID, IIDA, ASID
  • Senior Project Designer

Since joining KCID soon after its inception in 2012, Nicki has collaborated closely with builders, architects, developers, and owners on a broad range of projects including high-end residential, commercial, multi-family, student housing, and hospitality- managing all stages of the design process from programming through construction administration and project installation. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design with a Business Administration Minor from Texas State University, Nicki began her career with an internship at the highly recognized firm A.S.D. Interiors in Los Angeles, California where she was influenced by the diverse and eclectic urban environment. She then returned to Texas to continue her professional journey working on high-end residential and hospitality projects in Austin with local designer Kasey McCarty until 2012. In 2016, Nicki became a Registered Interior Designer in Texas and serves as a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and International Interior Design Association- Texas Chapters.

As Senior Project Designer, Nicki prides herself on thoughtful work that creates a simple and creative harmony between function and aesthetics, and strongly believes projects rooted in collaboration and partnership leads to a more seamless and successful outcome. Her communication style, attention to detail, and holistic approach, combined with experience ranging from technical and 3D development to project management, provide the necessary components to ensuring a final product that is creatively designed as well as carefully executed. Finding inspiration in art, architecture, music, travel and fashion, Nicki enjoys exploring and learning from the world around her, always remaining curious, and applying her experiences to her work and every day life.

  • Certifications
  • NCIDQ #31964, 2016 (National Council for Interior Design Qualification)
  • Registration
  • Registered Interior Designer, Texas No. 11758, 2016
  • Memberships
  • International Interior Design Association
  • American Society of Interior Designers

Kelly O'Malley

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Kelly O'Malley

Design Assistant

Kelly graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Sociology. After working as a fourth grade teacher for the past two years, Kelly decided she wanted to explore her growing interest in the field of Interior Design.

Born and raised in Central Wisconsin, Kelly moved to Austin in July of 2020 with her husband and directly assists KCID’s Senior Designer, Erin Judge. Kelly offers a fresh perspective and is eager to quickly learn and adapt to new concepts and ideas.

When she is not working, Kelly loves exploring all of the wonderful things Austin has to offer. She loves being outdoors with her dog, Frank, going on runs by the lake, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.

Lauren Fricke

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Lauren Fricke

Design Assistant

Lauren graduated with honors from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. While in school, Lauren was selected for the Design Excellence award as a top student in her class and was recognized by her professors and peers for exemplary performance. After interning at a commercial furniture dealer in her home state of Louisiana, Lauren decided to take the next step with her career and make the move to Texas to immerse herself in the thriving Austin design community.

A New Orleans native, Lauren feels the most creative when she is connected to her natural surroundings. Believing that everyone deserves good design, Lauren loves constantly challenging herself to approach things in a new and innovative way. As the direct assistant to Senior Designer, Nicki Perez, Lauren plays a significant role in the team’s overall success by providing hands-on support in many phases of the design process and hopes to continually build on her knowledge and experience to one day become a licensed interior designer herself.

In her free time, you can find Lauren carefully tending to her ‘plant babies’, volunteering in the local community, or adventuring the outdoors and restaurant scene with her partner Holden and pup Jet.

Jenna Franklin

Marketing Coordinator

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Jenna Franklin

Marketing Coordinator

Jenna graduated from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. Over the course of her time in college, she completed marketing related internships furthering her communication skills. As an Austin native, her love for the city brought her home following graduation.

With an interest in learning and growing her knowledge of the interior design industry, Jenna works as the team’s marketing coordinator, representing the firm and the KCID brand through client and vendor interaction, social media, press relations, business development and community outreach. Additionally, she directly assists KCID’s Principal Designer and Owner, Kelle Contine, on a day to day basis.

Jenna has a passion for discovering new and exciting things, whether that be through traveling, fashion, or simply staying up to date with the newest restaurants in town. She finds joy in spending her time outdoors, and her ideal day starts with a run around town lake followed by a good cup of coffee.

Stephanie Vidal

Office / Procurement Coordinator

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Stephanie Vidal

Office / Procurement Coordinator

Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree from the school of architecture at the University of Texas . While in school, Stephanie spent a semester abroad in a Europe/Paris program that focused on design, history, and visual communication. It is during her time there that she developed a keen interest in watercoloring and its relationship to design.

"There is something about watercolors and their natural ability to tell a story, share an experience, or express an idea that fascinates me and gives a project more depth, interest and detail.”

Inspired by travel, people, fashion, and architecture, Stephanie strives to enhance experiences and lifestyles in response to different styles and functions alike. As the Procurement Coordinator at KCID, she is instrumental in assisting with administrative and project detail-oriented tasks. Stephanie is involved in many aspects of our team’s success, including procurement of goods, vendor coordination, receiver and delivery management and final project reconciliation.

Summer Day Eissler

Purchasing Coordinator

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Summer Day Eissler

Purchasing Coordinator

Summer was born in southern California, but spent her formative years in the Rocky Mountains of Northwest Montana. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of the Pacific, and is driven by client and colleague relations alike. She was drawn to KCID by “the beautiful balance between creativity and structure” and brings her extensive background in event planning. As the Purchasing Coordinator at KCID, Summer plays a significant role in our Procurement team’s success, assisting with vendor communication, furniture, art & accessory coordination, all with a keen attention to detail.

Summer and her husband now call Austin, Texas their home where you can find them exploring the city’s many green spaces, ordering takeout from any of the amazing restaurants in the area, or managing their brood of rescue animals.

Rebecca Cash

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Rebecca Cash

Office Administrator

An Austin native, Rebecca received her education from Texas State University and has spent the greater part of her career in the building and construction industry. Throughout her career experience, Rebecca held accounting and administrative positions within the design community.

Rebecca joined the KCID team in 2021 serving as the Office Administrator, and is essential in managing all aspects of the firm’s financial responsibilities, including invoicing, budgeting, and expense tracking. When not crunching numbers, Rebecca enjoys spending quality family time with her husband and three beautiful children.

Rebecca is excited to continue building upon her administrative knowledge, in a collaborate and creative design studio.