How a Designer Revamps Her Own Home


With so many decisions to make when embarking on a design project, the process can be a bit daunting. But what happens when a design professional’s project is her own home…is it easier or harder to live with the results? We fell in love with East Bay interior designer, Kriste Michelini’s Alamo home, and the clean and contemporary tone it embodies with chic light fixtures, warm earthy woods, and crisp shades of white. We asked her about the challenges of revamping her home, plus got the scoop on the brands she loves. Come see her beautiful rooms and take a good look at the office that is making us swoon.

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24 East: What was important in designing your own home?

Kriste Michelini: It was critical to me that the design was fresh, modern and timeless.  I did not want to tire of anything.  It had to be classic and on the cleaner side.

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24E: Was it easier or harder to know that the decisions you made were ones you would actually live with?

KM: Many were easy and preselected as I know what I like.  There are some categories such as tile that I love and can be challenging when trying to limit to your own bathrooms.

24E: What type of items did you really want to splurge on on?

KM: I splurged on plumbing fixtures, appliances, marble, concrete fireplaces and tile.  I saved on kids bathroom tile.


24E: Are there any design elements that you have particularly grown to love as you’ve lived with them?

KM: I love all the concrete elements in our home which include a bathroom vanity trough for our children’s bathroom, an asymmetrical fireplace and lastly, a floating concrete powder sink.

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24E: What are some of your favorite brands that you repeatedly source items from?

KM: Waterworks, Walker Zanger, Viking, Wolf, Stark Carpet, Merida, and Caesarstone.
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To see more of Kriste Michelini’s beautiful work, go here.

Photography c/o Kriste Michelini by Angie Silvy



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