A shot of the award-winning kitchen designed by Christina Oliver.

Newton, Mass.-based interior designer Christina Oliver, founder and president of Oliver Interiors, LLC, recently won two awards from prestigious interior design associations.

The honors included: American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) New England's 2011 Annual Design Competition Award's First Place for her Residential Kitchen entry; and Boston Architectural College (BAC)'s 2010 Alumni in Practice Award for Interior Design.

The award-winning kitchen was challenged for space and seating, and created difficulty in the simplest tasks by its design for a left-handed cook, as the new owner was right-handed. A series of doors and a poorly designed island made the kitchen difficult to use.

Oliver selected a theme of earth and water, defining the neutral color scheme with the use of natural materials. New blonde wood floors met creamy walls, accented by smoky blue iridescent granite and tile. Old cabinetry and appliances were donated for re-use, and a new floor plan and shifting a doorway achieved optimal seating and storage.

The curve of the island and the Blue Astral countertop added eye-catching focal points, and specially lit display boxes above the cabinets worked with the high ceilings to recreate the space as a warm, functional kitchen.

The Boston Architectural College also recently honored Oliver. "For 20 years, Christina has been a prominent figure in the Boston interior design community," said Felice Silverman. BAC '92, IIDA, President and Principal at Silverman Trykowski Associates. "She has demonstrated her commitment to the profession as a designer in her own successful practice, as an educator and as a mentor, and as a leader in professional associations and initiatives."

Oliver is a national spokesperson for ASID and is President of Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition.

"Some of the most rewarding work I do is with empty nesters in Newton, Brookline and Cambridge who are looking for modern home interior design. I love working with people who want to transform their houses or condos into unique living environments. I understand this time of life: the desire to explore new concepts and new ideas, to literally open up the door to fresh influences."

For more information, visitwww.oliverinteriors.com.