With summer’s unofficial kickoff behind us, I’ve often caught myself dreaming of the warmer months ahead. Because anyone who calls Northern California home knows our summers are truly second to none. I’m talking about four months (five if we’re lucky) of clear skies, perfect temperatures, and countless alfresco dinners spent sharing beautiful meals with all the ones you love. Not to mention those Indian summers…

 

Of course, this season, our dinner parties will be decidedly different in light of social distancing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t create a memorable evening all the same. With some thoughtful planning and a few key pieces, I’m convinced that anyone can pull off an elevated dining experience in their own backyard.

 

Enjoying a meal is one of life’s simplest pleasures, so creating that restaurant-level atmosphere without leaving the house? Sign me up. 

 

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AL FRESCO TABLE SETTING

 

First things first — for a small yet special dinner party with your family, we have to set the scene. That means planning out your tablescape with textiles, dinnerware, and centerpiece selections. I like to think about designing tablescapes the same way I do about designing interiors. Start with the end in mind and work to create a warm and layered scene for an elevated yet inviting feel. 

 

As you style each place setting, think about your dinnerware, drinkware, flatware, napkins, and everything in between. And before you feel tempted to reach for the melamine plates, let me encourage you to reach for your most beautiful pieces instead. It might not be quite as practical, but your dishware selections are definitely the secret to leveling up your at-home dining experience.

 

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With your tablescape design fully underway, complete the look with some fresh flowers sourced straight from your garden (read more about my garden here) as a table centerpiece. Snip your garden blooms and arrange them in a single vase or smaller bud vases scattered throughout the table. This is my favorite end-of-work-day activity, especially if you have little ones. You want to create a natural, organic floral arrangement, so don’t worry about being a perfectionist. You can also get creative by lining your table with small potted herbs, plants, pillar candles, or anything that catches your eye. We just stocked up on beautifully minimal, timeless pieces in our studio, so email us here to place an order.

 

 

 

 

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THE AL FRESCO AMBIENCE

 

Whether you’re planning a meal for two or a family affair with kids, the ambience shouldn’t be an afterthought. This is the time to light up your fire pit, curate your playlist (I love this one from Ashley Kane), and help design an evening to remember. It’s also important to note that for al fresco dinners, lighting is always key. Ensure you have the perfect soft glow by adding string lights, candles, lanterns, or all of the above.  Solar power options are getting better and better – I think they make the perfect “right-now” solution.

 

Along with lighting, bring in some texture by layering your favorite outdoor rugs. Incorporating something soft underfoot helps add a touch of warmth and a much more inviting feel. For an extra touch, place some woven blankets in a basket in case of chilly weather.

 

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THE MENU

 

Al fresco dinner is my love language – my favorite summer menus always take a farm-to-table approach. Summer is the perfect opportunity to focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced as close to home as possible. Here in the Bay Area, Farmers Markets are back in action, and with current social distancing measures, it’s about the only place I feel shopping these days.

 

If you feel stuck on menu ideas, try honing in on a specific dinner party theme to help get you started. Put your own spin on taco Tuesday, grill up your favorite meat and veggies, go for a Mediterranean night, or try your hand at something brand new. With an emphasis on seasonal items, you’ll have a winning menu every time. Bonus points for incorporating any herbs or veggies from your own garden!

No al fresco dinner is complete without a curated drink menu, and whether it’s a crisp rosé or a summer-inspired cocktail, you really can’t go wrong. I’m so inspired by Eye Swoon’s beautiful cookbook and interiors, I also find myself mixing up her cocktails as well. This one feels so fresh and bright in the summer heat. Once you’ve put in the work to create your at-home dining experience, it’s time to raise a glass and enjoy.

 

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As we enter another week tucked inside our homes, I’ve found myself itching for some fresh sources of inspiration. While I’m incredibly grateful for the safety of my current work-from-home setup, each day can also begin to feel a little… redundant. Seems like we’re spending more time than ever behind our phones and devices, but quite honestly, too much social media scrolling leaves me a little worn out. I am trying to focus more on time with my kids, being outside in the garden, and in search of new inspiration.

 

These days, I’ve been working to seek out new design influences, even in some slightly unconventional ways. From daily nature experiences to virtual museum tours, I’m sharing my favorite ways to kickstart creativity, all from a safe social distance.

 

THINK BEYOND THE REALM OF INTERIORS FOR INSPIRATION

 

It may feel a bit counterintuitive, but some of the best inspiration for home design actually falls outside the world of interiors. Of course, shelter magazines, Pinterest boards and Instagram accounts have their rightful place, but I also love paying attention to movements in fashion, food, art, travel and even literature to help inform my creative work. If you’re not sure where to start, try diving into a new book, podcast, documentary or show that centers on one of these subjects. Some of my favorites, like the series Salt, Fat, Acid, and Heat, combine food and travel scenes for the best of both worlds. You never know — something unexpected might bring your best design idea yet.

 

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TAKE A VIRTUAL MUSEUM TOUR FOR INPSIRATION

 

Inspiration takes many forms, and sometimes that requires thinking outside the box. While this pandemic is currently keeping most of us at home, I’ve been so excited to see how many world-class galleries and museums are opening their virtual doors to the public. From the MoMA and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence to The Art Institute of Chicago, and my personal favorite, the Louvre Museum in Paris, there are endless ways to get your fine art fix. I recommend a Saturday morning spent museum hopping from your sofa, preferably with a croissant and café au lait in hand. 

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STEP OUTSIDE IN NATURE

 

In a total non-shocker, the importance of spending time outdoors suddenly feels more relevant than ever. Whether it looks like a simple walk around the neighborhood, a hike with your whole family, or a picnic in your backyard, there’s something about the way nature engages our senses that feels like the ultimate creative refresh. 

 

Currently, my favorite way to spend a spring evening involves relaxing in the backyard while tending to my garden. It’s become my happy place and total safe haven. The extra time I’ve had at home has really let the garden shine. I’ve recently added an array of fresh herbs to my potted plant lineup and have so much more in the works. No matter how exploring the outdoors looks in the weeks to come, this period at home has reminded me that time in nature can soothe a designer’s soul.

 

I LOVE this free-mini course on creating your own cutting garden. We’ve built raised beds at varying heights throughout our yard to break up the space, add some hardscaping and have a constant stream of fresh blooms. It’s truly been such a blessing this spring.

 

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EMBRACE AT-HOME “TRAVEL” EXPERIENCES  FOR INSPIRATION

 

 

I know we’re not all hopping on a plane at this moment, but that doesn’t mean travel can’t still influence our design. We all have hundreds (if not thousands) of images from past travel experiences waiting to be properly organized, and this quarantine scenario is the perfect opportunity. As you revisit photos from your favorite past trips, take note of the color palettes, the textures, the lighting and the landscapes to help spark your creative instincts. 

 

Along with relishing in your personal travel memories, spend some time planning out your next big trip. We don’t know exactly when the world will be safe enough for travel, but dreaming up our future adventures can help us all stay inspired in the meantime.

 

 

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Now more than ever, we all need a relaxing home. We’re 6 weeks in here in California and everyone needs a few tips to relax as stress builds. Sheltering in place has caused so many of us to slow down and remain within our home environments day in and day out. We’re all striving to find new patterns of normalcy, but that doesn’t come without some difficulties. 

 

Virtually overnight, our homes have become a catch-all space to live, work, eat, and play, and the all-encompassing nature can make peaceful moments feel few and far between. While these moments are understandably overwhelming, I’m excited to highlight some intentional ways to add tranquility to your space in the meantime. 

 

In light of the stay at home orders, I’m sharing my tips for a relaxing home to shelter in place — so you can keep your cool while cabin fever kicks in. 

 

TIPS FOR A RELAXING HOME TO SHELTER IN PLACE

FOR MAIN LIVING SPACES

 

Call it spring cleaning, quarantine cleaning, or whatever you’d like, but the first way to eliminate stress from your environment is to declutter. This means setting aside a day (or several) to work through your main living areas and thoughtfully curate the items taking up space within your home. 

 

When it comes to styling, I encourage you to take everything off your coffee table, console table, and shelves and start over fresh. Keep only what you really love, and create a “donate pile” for the rest. Another styling tip for a more tranquil environment is to try color blocking your books. It’s much more visually soothing to the eye and can have a transformative effect in your space. I’m also loving the trend of turning books with their pages out, spines in, for a clean and cohesive vibe. Similarly, try eliminating busy patterns throughout your house to help the overall styling read cleaner and put an anxious mind at ease.

 

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FOR BEDROOMS

 

I’ve previously covered the importance of designing your master bedroom, but sheltering in place sometimes requires a more simplistic approach. During this often stressful time, I think the little things can go an incredibly long way to maintaining a tranquil environment. Take time to regularly clean and press your bed linens, and if you’re in the mood for some online shopping, try sourcing a luxurious throw blanket or a new lumbar pillow to freshen up your bedding look.

 

While you’re at it, don’t forget to reorganize bedroom nightstands from the inside out. Try adding a few new elements to your nightstands like a carafe of water, a beautiful candle, a framed photo, a tray for hand creams and lip balms, or my personal favorite, a Vitruvi diffuser

 

How to create a relaxing home to quarantine in place

 

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FOR OFFICE SPACES

 

For many of us, workspaces have temporarily transitioned into our homes, causing us to rethink how our surroundings impact productivity. I find it’s nearly impossible to work well in a cluttered or stressful environment, so I recommend taking every step to add some order to the chaos.  

 

Whether you’re working from a designated home office or from your dining room table, a well-organized space is going to help promote better work habits all throughout the day. Just like the other surfaces in your home, start by removing everything from your desk and adding back the necessary elements. File away any non-essential papers and utilize bins and desk organizers as needed. 

 

Along with a clean desk space, try to work from a room with plenty of natural light if space allows. Windows will help give you a sense of connection to the outside world and can be such a mood booster during these seemingly long days.

 

How to create a relaxing home to quarantine in place

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How to create a relaxing home to quarantine in place

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TIPS FOR A RELAXING HOME ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE

 

Now that we’ve covered creating more serene environments in the living room, bedroom, and office, I have a few bonus tips that can be implemented practically anywhere in your home. 

 

Start by adding fresh greenery or flowers for a botanical touch in every room. Skip the store and forage from your own yard with seasonal blooms or greenery of any kind. Whether you add greens to your workspace, nightstand, or kitchen counter, you’ll be amazed at how impactful this small addition can be. 

 

Lastly, as you’re restyling any room or surface, take photos along the way. This will allow you to see things more clearly and edit accordingly. Sometimes all you need is the perspective of a camera to help bring a more harmonious approach to your design.

Where to splurge vs. where to save in your master bedroom by Kriste Michelini Interiors - San Francisco Bay Area Interior Design

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Recently we shared our guide to the perfect entryway, now we’re sharing our tricks to upgrading your master bedroom from the safety of your home. Our world may look vastly different at the moment, but that doesn’t mean the pursuit of beautiful interiors should come to a halt. Instead, I think these quarantined days have led many of us to seek out impactful (yet, easily attainable) ways to reimagine our surroundings with fresh design moments, both big and small. 

 

If you fall into that category, a master bedroom refresh is what I consider the perfect starting point. There’s no doubt we spend a vast amount of time within our bedroom spaces, but knowing exactly where to invest our resources can be tricky. It’s admittedly easy to get sidetracked with the details and accessories, but I’ll always encourage clients to prioritize their budget in a very specific way.

 

For those of you looking to rethink your master, I’m sharing exactly where to invest and where to save for a well-designed retreat.

 

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WHERE TO INVEST IN YOUR MASTER BEDROOM

 

As a general rule of thumb, I always advise my clients to invest in the items they touch and use every single day. That means bedding, bedsteads, dressers, and armoires should be high up on the list.

 

LINENS

 

One could argue that linens are the single best investment in a master bedroom, and I would tend to agree. We spend an untold number of hours lying on our bedding, making the quality that much more important. For sheet sets and pillowcases, you cannot go wrong with a purchase from White Terry Home, Pottery Barn, Serena & Lily, or Parachute. They all produce luxury bedding with some of our favorite pieces out there. However, when it comes to quality on a limited budget, H&M produces some surprisingly great options also worth considering.

 

PILLOWS + INSERTS

 

Along with linens, investing in high-quality sleeping pillows and duvet inserts is an absolute must. We’re partial to 100% goose down comforters for the fluffiest look and softest feel you can imagine. Once you’ve pieced together your duvet, make sure you also invest in sleeping pillows worthy of resting your head each and every night. We recommend purchasing two sleeping pillows per person, along with one long lumbar or three euro pillows for styling purposes.

 

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CASE FURNITURE

 

In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, case furniture simply refers to pieces that hold your items or feature storage capabilities. This includes dressers, armoires, bedsteads, nightstands, and more. These pieces are worthy of the investment because they’ll receive plenty of wear and tear on the daily. Make sure to look for high-quality features like dovetail drawers, which means the drawer has been constructed with two interlocking pieces rather than being glued or nailed together. If you’re currently in the market, I suggest looking to designer favorites like McGee and Co. or Lulu and Georgia for high-quality pieces with on-point style.

 

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WHERE TO SAVE IN YOUR MASTER BEDROOM

 

There’s a time to invest, but there’s also a time to save. In a master bedroom, that includes everything from accents to accessories and the one-off pieces that exist for aesthetic over function. 

 

RUGS

 

Rugs are a great layering foundation but don’t feel the need to spend a small fortune on this particular bedroom design feature. Always allocate your budget towards the mainstay pieces, and stick to more affordable options at retailers like Loloi, Lulu and Georgia, or McGee and Co. for cute rugs that fit the bill. 

 

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ACCENT FURNITURE

 

If we’re completely honest, bedroom accent chairs usually end up collecting laundry piles rather than functioning as a lounging spot. While they’re certainly a good addition to any bedroom, consider this an area to save. Similarly, decorative benches placed at the foot of the bed function as a nice place to slip on and off shoes, but there’s no reason to make them a top budget priority.

 

ACCESSORIES

 

When it comes to bedroom accessories like wall sconces, bedside lamps, alarm clocks, and catch-all trays, stick to affordable options that deliver great style without exceeding your budget. CB2 is one of our favorites for quirky and unexpected items at a great price point. McGee + Co. has an ever changing collection of accessories at all different price points. Also, don’t rule out Target for those bits and pieces to help tie your space together. 

 

Happy (online) bedroom shopping!

 

Kriste

 

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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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COLORS FOR SPRING

 

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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.

 

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SCENTS FOR SPRING 

 

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

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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. 

 

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TEXTILES 

 

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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. 

 

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ORGANIZED FOR SPRING

 

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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

 

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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. 

 

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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!