About Kriste Michelini Interiors

Marrying tried-and-true elements of traditional design with the best of modern simplicity, Kriste Michelini Interiors specializes in classic, contemporary interiors. As alluring and welcoming as they are utilitarian, our spaces are well-edited and thoughtfully designed—beautiful, functional, and oh-so right.

About Kriste

In 2002, after 10 years in the software industry and three years in commercial real estate, Kriste Michelini turned her long-time passion for creating cool, calm spaces into a thriving professional interior design career. Combining her eye for classic, modern interiors with her corporate-world know-how, she delivers beautiful results with a smooth, streamlined process—a rarity in the world of creatives.

Since launching Kriste Michelini Interiors, Michelini has earned numerous accolades from the press and the design community, including recently being named one of Traditional Home 2014 New Trads, a group of emerging designers redefining the traditional landscape. Her work has also been featured by CA Home + Design, Lonny, Rue, Remodelista, and more.

Budgets are her best friends; getting organized is her R&R; and deadlines are smooth sailing. Residential or commercial, large or small, whatever that scope of the project, she’s found that listening to her clients’ needs is always the foundation for a successful design and a long-lasting relationship. And as a wife and mother of three, she knows all too well that form is never without function. Kriste is a UCLA graduate and lives in Alamo, California.

Kriste Michelini

Meet the Design Team


Emmaleen Olofson


What inspires you?

I can always find inspiration in nature. I love studying the colors and textures that occur organically.

Favorite paint color?

I love grey! It goes with everything and there are so many shades to choose from.

Best design tip/trick?

Grouping styling items in uneven quantities

What I’m loving!

Serena and Lily Beach Towels for summer!

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Carli Dritsas

Design Studio Manager

Describe your design aesthetic.

I lean towards an Americana style. I love rooms that evoke a sense of history and include motifs of geography and folk art. 

What is your favorite color combination?

For the summer I love coral and tangerine. During the winter I love deep purple paired with golden yellow. 

What is your favorite travel destination?

There’s something about the music, culture and food of the Caribbean that I can’t get enough of. But I would love to travel to India one day. I think the architecture is fascinating. 

What I’m loving!

Melissa Ultra Girl Sweet Shoes

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Marcie Schade

Social Media Manager

Favorite fashion designer?
There are too many to choose just one!  I love Rag & Bone, Joie, and Vince!

What does your ideal Saturday look like?

My ideal Saturday would be a long hike in the morning with Philip, my husband. A trip to the downtown Farmer’s Market, stopping for a coffee at Sideboard along the way! And then a lazy afternoon at home hanging with my boys.

Favorite coffee table book?

My favorite coffee table book is Domino, The Book of Decorating.

What I’m loving!

This great Tory Burch watch for summer!

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