About Kriste Michelini Interiors

Kriste Michelini Interiors creates beautiful and inspiring spaces that reflect the individual aesthetics and lifestyles of every one of her clients. The award-winning interior design firm is known for its classic, contemporary interiors that are both well-edited and timeless. Kriste specializes in full-scale design projects, overseeing all phases of the design process, from initial concepts and space planning through to installation.

Kriste’s warm and elevated design approach is informed by her passion for modern interior design blended with her knowledge of classic and contemporary architecture. Her expertise gives her a breadth and flexibility in realizing her clients’ visions. Her in-depth understanding of design, space planning, showrooms, custom furniture, and curated art transforms projects into stunning and highly livable spaces that elevate the lives of her clients.

Prior to establishing her design studio in the San Francisco area in 2002, Kriste spent over ten years in the business world, first in the software industry and then in commercial real-estate. With her extensive business background, she brings strong project management skills to every task. Her streamlined approach, featuring a keen understanding of timelines, deliverables and budgets, has been a benchmark of her success. Her disciplined approach has distinguished her within the luxury interior design world.

Michelini has earned numerous accolades from the press and the design community, including being named one of Traditional Home’s 2014 “New Trads,” a group of emerging designers redefining the traditional landscape. The studio has been honoured with the Houzz 2018 “Best of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” awards. Her work has also been featured by California Home + Design, Traditional Home, Lonny, Rue, Remodelista, and more.

Kriste finds that listening to her clients’ needs and collaborating with them at every step is the foundation for long-lasting, successful relationships. As a wife and mother of three, she has developed a skilled approach to designing for both functionality and beauty. Kriste is a UCLA graduate and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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!

The Alpine Flannel Bedding by Serena and Lily

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Carli Dritsas

Project 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 drives you?

My daughter, Melodi, is the one thing in my life I’m most enamored with, proud of, and utterly obsessed with!

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!

This Kate Spade Watch!

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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 and stopping for a coffee at Sideboard along the way!  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 tiny pure heart charm necklace by Sydney Evans!

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