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KMBLOG    IDEAS, TRENDS, AND TIPS FROM THE HEART & MIND OF KRISTE MICHELINI
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Living with Nature

Bringing the Outdoors In

8 April 2024

“Living in Northern California, we’re surrounded by the beauty of nature and blessed with a climate that allows us to live in homes that open up to the site to promote indoor/outdoor living much of the year. In our design practice, we’re always looking to nature for inspiration, planning rooms for easy indoor-outdoor flow, mindfully choosing materials that reflect the colors and textures of the site, and working with natural materials. We pay close attention to the way the natural light moves through the house throughout the day. ” — Kriste



A home that feels connected to the natural environment has a positive effect on well-being, and it needn’t be limited by where you live.

Here are some ways to draw the outdoors in:

 

 


A Few of My Favorite Things for Minimalist Interiors

There are so many things you can do to start to simplify your home. Unify your gallery wall, which will make it feel like a cohesive whole. Bring in texture in place of pattern or color. Bring the outdoors in through cuttings with simple, organic shapes. Clear your countertops, and build charging stations into drawers. Embrace a neutral color palette, accented with blues and greens. Think about building in storage – in a closet, for example, instead of a dresser. Take a good look around you, and let go of the things that no longer speak to you or bring you joy.

Here are a few of my favorite accents for minimalist interiors.

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