Meet The Design Team

Karri Bowen-Poole

FOUNDER & CEO

As the Founder and CEO of Smart Playrooms, Karri Bowen-Poole has spent the last 10 years revolutionizing the way children learn and play with her innovative and educational playroom design services. Her intentional and ground breaking approach has landed her in the homes of A list celebrities and families who are looking to change the way their kids learn and play at home.  Before starting Smart Playrooms, Karri had been teaching and working with children for over 10 years. After receiving a Master’s Degree in  Education, she worked as a teacher at private schools throughout the tri-state area. She worked at the Buckley School and the Nightingale-Bamford School in NYC, Greenwich Academy and the Stanwich School in Greenwich, CT and the Rye Presbyterian School in Rye, NY.  Karri has planned, coordinated and developed curriculums for children ages 3 to 12.

Karri recognizes the profound impact the playroom has on children’s behavior and how they interact, learn and play. Karri sees the playroom as the third teacher, and is passionate about creating playrooms that are fun, educational and inspirational by combining her educational expertise with her love of design.

Our E-Design Team

Robin Hull

PROJECT & OPERATIONS MANAGER, E-DESIGNER

Robin comes to Smart Playrooms with 5+ years teaching experience with children ages 3-7. She got her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Delaware, her Masters of Social Work from Columbia University, and her Masters of Education from Bank Street College of Education. She is incredibly passionate about education, child development, and interior design. Robin has designed and redesigned her own apartment many times, as well as all her friends' apartments. She lives in Stamford, CT with her husband and adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Theo, who loves to make an appearance at the office! She enjoys traveling, skiing, reading, binge watching TV, and trying yummy new restaurants.

At Smart Playrooms, Robin wears many hats. She is the Project Manager, E-Designer, Operations Manager, and Social Media Content Creator. Robin loves educational interior design and is eager to help you create a playroom both you and your children will thrive in!

Kristen Johnson

Project Manager

Kristen is a former teacher with over a decade of experience teaching kindergarten and elementary school aged children. She has her B.A. in English from Siena College and an M.S. in Childhood Education and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education. She is passionate about creating beautiful and engaging spaces that foster creativity, independence, and meaningful play. Kristen lives on Long Island with her husband and three young children. She loves reading, going on adventures with her family and traveling.

At Smart Playrooms, Kristen helps all of our virtual e-design clients reimagine and create their dream playrooms. She can’t wait to help you with your space!

Robin Hull

PROJECT & OPERATIONS MANAGER, E-DESIGNER

Robin comes to Smart Playrooms with 5+ years teaching experience with children ages 3-7. She got her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Delaware, her Masters of Social Work from Columbia University, and her Masters of Education from Bank Street College of Education. She is incredibly passionate about education, child development, and interior design. Robin has designed and redesigned her own apartment many times, as well as all her friends' apartments. She lives in Stamford, CT with her husband and adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Theo, who loves to make an appearance at the office! She enjoys traveling, skiing, reading, binge watching TV, and trying yummy new restaurants.

At Smart Playrooms, Robin wears many hats. She is the Project Manager, E-Designer, Operations Manager, and Social Media Content Creator. Robin loves educational interior design and is eager to help you create a playroom both you and your children will thrive in!

Kristen Johnson

E-DESIGNER & SOURCING

Kristen is a former teacher with over a decade of experience teaching kindergarten and elementary school aged children. She has her B.A. in English from Siena College and an M.S. in Childhood Education and Literacy from Bank Street College of Education. She is passionate about creating beautiful and engaging spaces that foster creativity, independence, and meaningful play. Kristen lives on Long Island with her husband and three young children. She loves reading, going on adventures with her family and traveling.

At Smart Playrooms, Kristen helps all of our virtual e-design clients reimagine and create their dream playrooms. She can’t wait to help you with your space!

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