If there’s one space that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves in home design, it’s entryways. While some might consider these in-between spaces an afterthought, I kindly beg to differ. Entryways serve as the first impression of your home, welcoming loved ones through your door on a daily basis. 

 

Thanks to years of design work, I’ve developed a method for curating a great entryway space. More than anything, it needs to balance form and function, and when done properly, it can save you from unnecessary clutter trickling through the entire house. Not to mention saving hours of searching for those lost keys.⁣

 

Read on for my perfect entryway formula, which is a fail proof solution for design enthusiasts and beginners alike.

 

Tips for Perfect Entryway Styling from Kriste Michelini

Design by @anderson.wier.studio
Styling + Photography @stylishproductions @radifera @charlottesafavi

 

THE FOUNDATION TO PERFECT ENTRYWAY STYLING

 

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about the starting point of any entryway — the console table. Long and narrow in shape, console tables fit beautifully on nearly any entryway wall, delivering maximum function with a minimal footprint. Keep an eye out for console tables with built-in storage features like drawers to hide away unsightly knick-knacks. Or, consider sourcing a console table with space below to tuck baskets holding shoes, backpacks, or whatever clutter comes your way.

 

If space allows, think about adding a bench or stool to your entryway setup. These functional pieces not only bring more dimension to the scene but give you a convenient spot to slip shoes on and off with ease.

 

FAVORITE CONSOLES: one, two, three, four, five

FAVORITE STOOLS + BENCHES: one, two, three, four

 

Tips for Perfect Entryway Styling from Kriste Michelini

Design by Tamara Magel

THE LARGE ACCESSORIES

 

Once you’ve sourced your foundational pieces and pinpointed your entryway style, it’s time to tackle the next layer of design. As a large accessory must-have, my entryway formula always includes a mirror for that final “look” before heading out the door. Round mirrors are my usual go-to, and I always make sure to select a piece that’s large enough to balance out the wall space. 

 

Along with a mirror, a great entryway should always include a large, statement lamp. Remember, this is your home’s big first impression, so opt for a stunning lighting element to ensure a warm welcome. 

 

Favorite Round Mirrors: One, Two, Three, Four

 

Tips for Perfect Entryway Styling from Kriste Michelini

Design by Alyssa Kapito and Vivian Muller

 

THE SMALL ACCESSORIES

 

The small accessories are where form truly meets function within an entryway. These pieces include everything from trays and bowls to quickly corral keys, to decorative boxes for storing sunglasses and wallets. No matter which accessories you incorporate, you’ll be so glad to have a designated spot for those everyday items. 

 

Favorite Boxes + Trays: One, Two, Three, Four, Five

 

Tips for Perfect Entryway Styling from Kriste Michelini
Design by Kriste Michelini

 

THE ENTRYWAY STYLING

 

As the final component to your entryway, styling is about tying the whole look together seamlessly. The goal is to create visual interest with stacked books, natural beads, beautiful vases, found objects, and more. I also love adding fresh branches for an element of height and texture. Throughout the styling process, don’t be afraid to play around with multiple looks until you get your entry scene just right. 

 

Tips for Perfect Entryway Styling from Kriste Michelini
As seen in Nina Freudenberger’s book Surf Shack

 

Perfect entryway styling by Kriste Michelini

Design by Kriste Michelini

Take a scroll through Pinterest, and you’ll find no shortage of ever-evolving trends on the kitchen design scene. Think open shelving, subway tile backsplash, bold colored cabinetry, and all the trendy favorites we’ve seen make an appearance. While I love keeping an eye on the next big thing, when all is said and done, good design considers longevity with spaces that stand the test of time.

 

I know translating popular design trends into a timeless style isn’t always easy. But with a little thoughtful planning, it’s entirely possible to create a space that’s fresh and classic all at once. No matter where you are in the process, consider this your guide to kitchen design features you won’t see fading anytime soon.

 

Our Top 5 Timeless Kitchen Design Trends

Herringbone Pattern

 

Herringbone feels very of-the-moment among design enthusiasts, but you can count on this classic pattern to stay relevant no matter the trends. The herringbone pattern is often used for brick, subway tile, floors, and it’s one of my go-to choices for kitchen backsplash. Unlike the once popular chevron pattern, herringbone perfectly balances the line of modern and classic, and there’s no doubt it’s here for the long haul.

 

Transforming Trends to Timeless Kitchens by San Fransisco Bay Area Interior Design Firm Kirste Michelini

Design by Kriste Michelini Interiors

 

Transforming Trends to Timeless Kitchens by San Fransisco Bay Area Interior Design Firm Kirste Michelini

Design by Urban Grace Interiors

Slab Marble

 

There are few kitchen design features as inherently luxurious as slab marble. But today, you won’t just find this classic material used only in countertops. Instead, I’m seeing slab marble in everything from backsplashes to kitchen islands, with interesting curved details for a heightened visual interest. As a studio that doesn’t design around the trends, I’m confident slab marble will look stunning today, tomorrow, and for many years to come.

 

 Interior Design: Parkes and Lamb Interiors| Photography: Mary Craven

 

Design by ReDesign Home

 

Classic Glass Front Cabinets

 

As one of the most prominent features within kitchen design, selecting your cabinetry style is quite a weighty decision. When in doubt, I suggest classic front cabinets over open shelving for a more timeless and functional appeal that’s every bit as pretty. Bonus points—classic front cabinets will keep your frequently used items free from dust particles, taking you one less thing off your cleaning list.

 

Transforming Trends to Timeless Kitchens by San Fransisco Bay Area Interior Design Firm Kirste Michelini

Design by Kriste Michelini Interiors

 

Transforming Trends to Timeless Kitchens by San Fransisco Bay Area Interior Design Firm Kirste Michelini

Design by Studio McGee

 

Design by Sabbe Interior Design

Butcher Block

 

In case you haven’t noticed, butcher block is having a moment in kitchen design, but I’m pretty convinced it’s not just a trend. A beloved material among designers thanks to its warm aesthetic appeal paired with its natural durability, butcher block is an excellent choice for kitchen island and butler pantries alike. Not sure if its organic, earthy quality is right for you? Play around with wood color tones and variations to customize your look. 

 

Transforming Trends to Timeless Kitchens by San Fransisco Bay Area Interior Design Firm Kirste Michelini

Design by Caroline Martin

Polished Nickel Finishes

 

Featuring the perfect combination of warm and cool tones, polished nickel is one of my forever standbys in kitchen hardware. I love the way it blends with brass or chrome finishes, all while carrying a sense of timeless elegance. No matter the trends, you can always incorporate a touch of polished nickel with no regrets.

 

Faucet by Waterstone

 

Design by Rachel Halverson

As winter gives way to spring, I’m always looking for ways to help our clients refresh and rejuvenate their favorite spaces. I find that the changing season is a perfect excuse to try out a new look—whether you’re hoping to incorporate a few new accessories, reimagine a color palette or anything in between. 

 

No matter what your plans, rest assured that transitioning your home to spring doesn’t need to be a huge undertaking. Instead, I always encourage our clients to incorporate seasonal elements with subtle yet impactful changes in botanicals, scents, and textiles. 

 

If you’re ready to bring a sense of spring into your home, consider this our shoppable guide curated just for you. 

 

BOTANICALS FOR SPRING

 

7 Tips for Updating Your Home for Spring | Kriste Michelini Interiors

Kriste Michelini Interiors

 

Kriste Michelini Interiors

 

Spring is the perfect time to introduce new life into your space, and fresh plants will do just the trick. Whether you opt for a classic fiddle leaf fig, our signature olive branch arrangement, or a citrus wreath for your front door, you can’t go wrong with a touch of green as a nod to spring. This is prime time for blooming branches as California’s fruit trees begin to blossom.

 

For fresh plants, pay a visit to your local nursery or take a walk through the yard. Our favorite arrangements are casually clipped from branches in our own yard. While we will always opt for fresh cut foliage in our designs, but we do love McGee + Co’s carefully curated collection of faux.

 

GET THE LOOK: One | Two | Three

 

COLORS FOR SPRING

 

7 Tips for Updating Your Home for Spring | Kriste Michelini Interiors

Kriste Michelini Interiors

 

light & Dwell

 

Layering in some new color tones is a great way to rejuvenate your space for the changing season. If you’re looking to add color without a long-term commitment, opt for easy-to-swap accessories like throw pillows, wall decor, coffee table books, or vases. For spring this year, we’re loving a powdery blue, dusty lilac or simple tone on tone neutrals.

 

GET THE LOOK: One | Two | Three | Four

 

SCENTS FOR SPRING 

 

7 Tips for Updating Your Home for Spring | Kriste Michelini Interiors

emily henderson design

 

It’s officially time to tuck away those winter candles and turn to scents inspired by spring. Nothing smells like spring like scents of Jasmine, Orange Blossom, and Basil. Take a few steps to swap out hand soaps, candles, diffusers, and dish soaps, and you’ll immediately feel more immersed in the new season. 

 

GET THE LOOK: One | Two | Three

 

TEXTILES 

 

7 Tips for Updating Your Home for Spring | Kriste Michelini Interiors

Amber Interiors

 

7 Tips for Updating Your Home for Spring | Kriste Michelini Interiors

Kriste Michelini Interiors

 

One of the easiest ways to add a touch of spring into your space is by introducing lighter, airier, and more breathable textiles. Chunky blankets, velvets, and wool knits can take a hiatus as spring favorites like linen or linen-cotton blends take center stage in your home. 

 

GET THE LOOK: One | Two | Three

 

ORGANIZED FOR SPRING

 

7 Tips for Updating Your Home for Spring | Kriste Michelini Interiors

Ames Interiors

 

As you embark on a deep spring clean, don’t forget to prioritize organization systems to keep your house humming. Extra baskets, trays, shelving, hooks, or entryway organizers are all excellent ideas to keep your home fresh and clutter-free. 

 

GET THE LOOK: One | Two | Three

 

TEXTURES FOR SPRING

 

7 Tips for Updating Your Home for Spring | Kriste Michelini Interiors

Kriste Michelini Interiors

 

As a designer, I believe seasonal decor doesn’t have to be over-the-top. Instead, I like to draw inspiration from the season by working with interesting textiles and accessories. Woven baskets, chunky beads, and wooden decor objects are some of my go-to’s for that fresh and organic feel. 

 

GET THE LOOK: One | Two | Three

 

Recently, we rounded up our favorite tricks for styling a bed. As an anchor to any living room space, I firmly believe in the importance of a well-styled coffee table. Whether it features items new or collect4d, coffee tables are an opportunity to showcase elements that tie a space together. Coffee table books are an essential to the styling equation.

 

San Francisco Bay Area interior designer Kriste Michelini's Curated Guide to Coffee Table Books

Livermore Residence

 

 

However, selecting coffee table books isn’t just about aesthetics, but also about curating your personal tastes. For each of our clients, we carefully craft a personalized collection based on their hobbies, interests and travels. Through our extensive design questionnaire, we’re able to curate a personalized library of beautiful coffee table books. 

 

The perfect finishing touch to any space, we are always adding to our collection of beautiful coffee table books. If you’re in the market for some new selections, we’ve curated 12 visually stunning coffee table books to display and reference for many years to come. 

 

The Best Coffee Table Books

 

Architectural Digest at 100: A Century of Style

 

To begin, I’m convinced this gorgeous, neutral-toned coffee table book deserves a place on nearly any coffee table. Packed with a wealth of visual inspiration, Architectural Digest at 100 offers glimpses inside the homes of the most celebrated designers, architects, and celebrities in history. 

 

Travel Home: Design with a Global Spirit

 

Another go-to for the world traveler who longs to bring a sense of global spirit to their everyday environment, Travel Home is a coffee table must.  

 

Feeling Home: Virginie and Nathalie Droulers

 

If your style is best defined as timeless, consider Feeling Home your guide to elegant decorating with a decidedly Italian flair. 

 

Modern and simple open shelving styling bookcase

Modern Sanctuary

 

 

This is Home: The Art of Simple Living

 

If your design philosophy revolves around simplicity, this book is an excellent how-to. Featuring eight case studies and plenty of practical tips, This is Home is a book you’ll find yourself referencing time and time again.

 

A Tree in the House

 

Not only is this book beautiful from cover to cover, but it offers an array of ideas for adding natural flower arrangements to your home. 

 

Victoria Hagan: Interior Portraits

 

Hailed as one of the most influential interior designers in America, every design enthusiast needs a Victoria Hagan book featured on their coffee table. One look inside its pages, and you’ll be inspired to create an effortlessly elegant home of your own. 

 

Tom Ford

 

Just like the little black dress, you can be certain this classic coffee table book will never go out of style. Inside you’ll find an ode to one of the fashion industry’s greatest legends, covering his work from Gucci to Yves Saint Laurent.

 

 

Modern entryway vignette styling

 

 

Napa: Behind the Bottle

 

As someone who calls Northern California home, I’d be remiss not to highlight this stunning book of Napa Valley portraits. If you consider yourself a wine lover, this beauty deserves a spot on your coffee table.

 

Eat Drink Nap: Bringing the House Home

 

From the hospitality mavens of Soho House, Eat Drink Nap is an ode to all things cooking, style, and decor.

 

Surf Shack: Laid Back Living By the Water

 

Whether you live by the water or want to infuse your space with coastal elegance, Surf Shack is the perfect go-to. Inside its pages, you’ll tour surf abodes from around the world for a visual guide to laid-back living.

 

Vincenzo de Cotiis

 

Featuring the work of Milanese architect and artist Vincenzo De Cotiis, this statement book is stunning from the inside out.

 

In Comfort and Style

 

An L.A. interior designer who’s worked with everyone from Patrick Dempsey to Jessica Biel. Estee Stanley knows exactly what it takes to perfect the look of California cool. This book looks at some of Stanley’s most iconic projects and inspires readers to take home design to the next level.

 

entryway foyer styling

 

 

This is the time of year when memories are made and traditions are passed down from generation to generation. Those special traditions make the holidays even more special. Each of our team members wanted to share their traditions with you. Feel free to adopt any of these for your own family this Christmas season.

Photo from Welch House 1900

Kriste’s Tradition

Christmas Eve is my favorite night of the year – getting dressed up, having a formal dinner with my family, and exchanging gifts. It is magical. I love coming up with a gift for everyone. Last year we did 23andme for all of the family members and it was great comparing results.

Ugg Pom Beanie from Nordstrom

Emma’s Tradition

We like to spend one night in December getting hot chocolate, dressing all warm and cozy, and going to the best neighborhoods to view all the beautiful Christmas lights. The beanie above would be perfect for a chilly night.

Get a great recipe for guacamole here

Danielle’s Tradition

Every Christmas Eve our family orders tamales and pairs them with our homemade guacamole while watching The Santa Clause.

Get your own string of advent stockings/bags on Etsy

Crys’s Tradition

I have a string of 25 stockings that I use as an advent calendar for my kids. I buy a bunch of small items and ornaments or candies and stuff a stocking each night. It’s their elf-on-the-shelf treat.

Get the rules to the cellophane game here

Marcie’s Tradition

One of our favorite traditions to play on Christmas Eve is the Saran Wrap ball game. I start collecting a bunch of small, silly gifts (candy, gum, quarters, socks) throughout the year and then roll them in cellophane until it turns into a giant ball.  You can find the game instructions here, but in a nutshell, you put oven mitts on your hands, set a timer, and each person gets 30 seconds to peel off as much cellophane on the ball as they can in hopes of unwrapping as many gifts as possible. It is so funny and a great way to involve both adults and the littles as everyone loves it!

Elsie pumps from J.Crew

Linda’s Tradition

As far back as I can remember growing up, when my dad’s Christmas plaid blazer came out I knew the holidays and fun occasions had arrived! Investing in a a great statement piece of plaid for your wardrobe never goes out of style and you will always have something festive to wear for the holidays. Currently I’m loving my plaid Christmas pumps and a plaid silk blouse (both J.Crew). While I’m not planning to wear them together, these pieces work dressed up or down for the holiday season. And like my dad’s Christmas sport coat of my childhood memories, repeating a classic piece every year might one day invoke fond memories for my own children.

What traditions do you celebrate with your family at Christmas? Let us know in the comments below. Have a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The holidays are full of excitement and celebration, but they can also be stressful. To keep the emphasis on family and fun, my team and I have some great shortcuts and tips that we use at home. Try these holiday hacks to keep your Christmas celebrations running smoothly.

Kriste’s Holiday Hack

I always purchase a ton of paperwhites planted in terra cotta pots from the Flower Mart. I place them down the center of the dining table, use them to line the mantels, and place them throughout the kitchen. They last the entire holiday season! And your house will smell amazing.

Gift tags from Etsy

Linda’s Holiday Hack

I love to keep a small stash of hostess gifts ready for the holiday season. Last year I bought ornaments at an after-Christmas sale at one of my favorite stores in my husband’s hometown of San Marino. I’m excited to gift these this year! While great on their own, I plan to tie them to a bottle of wine or bubbly for the lucky recipient.

Planner from Sugar Paper

Marcie’s Holiday Hack

Something I learned from Kriste…make a spreadsheet! It helps keep me organized and keep tabs on who I have bought gifts for and who is left on my list. I love to use a planner like the one above from Sugar Paper to keep it all together.

Gorgeous grosgrain ribbons from Sugar Paper

Crys’s Holiday Hack

Keep a ton of good fabric ribbon from PaperSource or Sugar Paper on hand – and some in your car! it turns a simple (and unwrapped) gift or bottle of wine into something special.

Danielle’s Holiday Hack

Every year when my family and I get a Christmas tree, I always look for the extra branches they cut off the trees to use as decoration on the Christmas dining table. Pair that with pinecones and candles and you have a simple and elegant table that smells wonderful.

Emma’s Holiday Hack

Before entertaining, I like to set a simmer pot in the kitchen with cranberries, oranges, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla bubbling away in a bit of water. It’s a great way to make your house smell just like Christmas.

Try these ideas to have a magical and stress-free holiday season. Merry Christmas!

There’s nothing more inviting than a well-styled bed. You’ve seen them in magazines – the gorgeous looks that you wish you had in your own bedroom. It’s easier than you think to achieve the same perfection. Wouldn’t it be incredible to have an oasis like that at the end of the day? And a fantastic bed in the guest room is also the very best way to welcome guests. So here are my top 5 tips for creating a lovely and well-styled bed in your home.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

1. Luxe Layers

The most important rule of thumb for a great-looking bed is to buy the best bedding you can afford. Choose the sheets that feel right for you – I love a very soft and tailored cotton sheet. Then layer on a cotton blanket, a big fluffy duvet, and a second blanket either at the end of the bed or on a nearby bench. The more layers, the better. It not only gives you a lot of choices depending on how warm or cool the room is, but it also creates a luxurious look that makes you want to curl up and sleep in.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

2. Add in Texture

As you’re choosing the layers for your bed, be sure to add items that have different textures. I like to use velvet pillows, a cashmere throw, and a tufted headboard. They create the sumptuous feeling of luxury.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

3. Don’t Skimp on Pillows

When it comes to pillows, the more the merrier. That doesn’t mean you want to have dozens of small decorative pillows – they should all be useful. Square euro pillows are great if you like to read in bed, and a kidney or roll shaped pillow is perfect for your lower back or to support your arms. Add 3-4 layers of pillows for the most luxe look.

Bedroom by Kriste Michelini Interior Design
Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

4. Use a Throw

Throws are the perfect accessory for a well-dressed bed. They can be wrapped around your shoulders or used as an extra blanket. Having one casually tossed at the end of the bed also gives the room a less formal and more welcoming look.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

5. Neutrals with a Pop of Color

Neutrals like whites and creams are classic for bed linens, and that palette gives a crisp and tailored look for the bed. I also like to use a pop of color – it doesn’t have to be a bright, though. Choose a complementary color to the room’s decor. It could be a bright pink that acts as a counterpoint, a blue from the center of the pattern on a chair, or increasingly deeper tones of taupe.

Use these tips to create a bed that offers a luxurious boutique hotel look in your own home.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in a dining room is to use the wrong shape of table. There’s nothing worse than having to squeeze against the wall in a dining room just to seat yourself at the table. The choice of which shape is right is driven by the size and shape of your dining room, how many guests you plan to host, and how often you entertain. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular dining table shapes and where they work best.

Interior by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

1. Round

A round dining table works best in square spaces or a rectangular room that isn’t terribly long. I like this shape because it facilitates conversation between everyone seated, as opposed to just those at your end of the table. You can also always squeeze an extra chair or two around them, so unexpected guests are easily welcomed. It can feel intimate rather than cramped.

Interior by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

2. Rectangle

A rectangular table is perfect for larger rooms and for people who often entertain on a lavish scale. This is the classic dining table shape, unchanged over centuries, so it also feels more formal. And with extra table leaves, you can seat a lot of people around this shape. The only limit to the number of guests and seats is the length of the room. I’ve seen rectangular tables that seat as many as 20. The general rule of thumb is you should be able to have at least 36 inches of space between the table and the wall, so keep that in mind.

Interior by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

3. Oval

An oval table like the one above gives you the best of both worlds between a round table and a rectangle. Oval table shapes have a contemporary look and are great in transitional or modern spaces. They are very versatile, too, giving you plenty of space to squeeze in one more chair when needed.

Interior by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

4. Square

A square table works best where space is limited. You see them in restaurants frequently for that very reason – they make efficient use of space to seat two or four. That’s also the square table’s drawback, the largest one only seats 8. That makes this a great shape for a breakfast nook or small dining room.

Interior by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

5. The Rounded Rectangle

Another interesting hybrid shape includes the rounded rectangle – basically a rectangular shape without the sharp corners. This has the same pros and cons as a rectangular table, but the rounded edges make it easy to move around if you’re going to have a tight fit with a lot of guests. It also removes a bit of formality from the design of the table.

Use these ideas to select the perfect table for your dining room. And to see more table designs and dining room ideas, click here.

As we move into the first full week of fall, there’s change in the air. As seasons transition, it’s the perfect time to reevaluate your style, both in fashion and in your home. I’ve had my eye on some gorgeous materials and trends for fall interiors. Let’s take a look:

Gwyneth Boucle Chair from CB2

Boucle

Not only is this fabric incredibly soft and cozy for fall, but it also upholsters beautifully. You’ll see boucle popping everywhere this season.

Interior by Kriste Michelini

Bold Tile Patterns

Prints always seem to be bolder on the runways in the fall, and I’m definitely loving statement-making tile patterns now, too. These looks are perfect in bathrooms and kitchens, on backsplashes and floors.

Bedroom by Amber Interiors

Oversized Tables

Scale is key in interior design, and large headboards are perfectly balanced with custom oversized nightstands and tables. The bonus is that they also provide extra storage for bedrooms.

Kitchen by Valerie Wheeler Interiors

Feminine Colors

Soft blush, dusty pink, and a delicate bronze are some of the feminine colors that are perfect for this season. Just a little goes a long way, with the colors showing up on walls, an artfully draped throw, on an accent pillow, or even just in a floral arrangement.

Bathroom by Studio McGee

Traditional Florals

Continuing that feminine trend, classic floral patterns are back, including chintz and cabbage roses. I like the traditional look reinterpreted in not-so-traditional colors, like black and white.

Interior by Kriste Michelini

Clear Designs

Acrylic furniture is so versatile – I use designs made of acrylic in so many of my projects because they’re visually light and they work well in both traditional and modern rooms.

Dining room by Lark & Linen

Cozy Comfort

Fall brings cooler, crisp nights – it’s the perfect season for cozy comfort. So that means it’s time to bring in a soft and warm rug, or a sumptuous chair that’s perfect for curling up in, or even a deep-seated dining chair for holiday dinners.

Living room by Amber Interiors

Light-Colored Floors

We want to make the most of the light when the days get shorter, and this fall I have my eye on pale-colored floors like light oak. These lighter tones also create a great transition from casual to luxurious without sacrificing comfort.

Pendant from Shades of Light

Natural Designs

I like to design my clients’ spaces with one-of-a-kind and artisanal items, especially those that are created with natural materials like jute, clay, rice paper, and wood. These organically chic items are showing up in fall trend reports from European trade shows, and are au courant for those in the know.

It isn’t only the leaves that change for fall – your decor can, too. Make the most of the season in your home!

Image from Frette

When luxury linen company Frette approached me to be featured in their Designer Dialogue for August, I was thrilled. Frette has an incredible history, with its linens featured from the altar of St Peter’s Basilica to the dining car of the Orient Express. In fact, more than 500 European royal families have slept on its sheets. It’s also a company that I believe in. I recommend Frette bed and bath linens to my clients for their own homes. Once you’ve slept on their luxurious bedding, you’ll never want to sleep on anything else.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

In the Q&A, I give you a bit of a behind-the-scenes look at my business and how I got started. Spoiler alert: I started out in software sales and commercial real estate before following my passion to be an interior designer.

I also reveal the designers who I consider icons in the industry. They include Vicente Wolf for his restrained style of design. David Hicks for his mastery at mixing antique and modern furnishings. Ralph Lauren for bringing his iconic fashion style to home design. And Brad Ford for his modern aesthetic and love of handcrafted work. They give me so much inspiration – just as a recent trip to India also did. You can see my own blog post on that amazing trip here.

Bedroom designed by Kriste Michelini. See the full project here.

Frette also asked me for my go-to designer advice. The first thing that’s key is that function should drive the design. In other words, the room must work for your lifestyle. And then I always say you should choose quality over quantity – like Frette. Always buy the best that you can afford. The saying “you get what you pay for” is so true.

My own bedside table.

There are also a few fun questions in the Designer Dialogue, like what is on my own bedside table. I always have fresh flowers in a cut-glass vase and my favorite scented candle. At the time I answered the questions, I was also reading Born Free by Joy Adamson, in anticipation of my trip to South Africa. I can’t wait to tell you more about that trip in an upcoming post!

The key to my interview with Frette, though, is how important a good night’s sleep is to your life. We spend over a third of our lives sleeping, so we must have a welcoming and comfortable bed. The headboard, pillows, and bed linens should create an oasis that contributes to the overall quality of sleep. And if you’re looking for fabulous new linens for your own oasis, my favorite Frette collections are Across and Grace.

Be sure to read the full Designer Dialogue on Frette’s website here. And sweet dreams!