Marrying tried-and-true elements of traditional design with the best of modern simplicity, Kriste Michelini Interiors specializes in classic, contemporary interiors. As alluring and welcoming as they are utilitarian, her spaces are well-edited and thoughtfully designed—beautiful, functional, and oh-so right.
What inspired this career path for you?
I have always been smitten with homes, interiors, gardens, and entertaining. They bring me great joy. I really love entertaining and having our friends and family over. That’s what life is all about — treasuring your relationships and feeling safe and good in your home. I love helping others create a beautiful sanctuary that they can share with their friends and family.
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
I think it is important to travel. I tend to see things more clearly when I return home and I come back invigorated. I love seeing different colors, patterns, cultures, etc. It’s exciting and fun to adapt things at home and put your own spin on it.
Tell us about your creative process.
We interview our clients, ask them a comprehensive list of questions about their preferences, likes and dislikes, patterns, how they live, etc. We review their Pinterest or Houzz boards and then we get started. We like to surprise and delight our clients by understanding them, but also pushing them out of their comfort zone a bit.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Fresh, modern and classic.
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
Fresh flowers and/or greens will elevate any room in your house.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
I admire Ralph Lauren, Vicente Wolf, Barbara Barry, Michael Taylor, and many others…
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space and for whom would it be?
I would love to work with Richard Branson. I have always admired him and been a big fan. He would be a great risk-taker and so much fun to work with. I would love to design his next venture, whether it was a resort, restaurant, or his latest residence.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote.
“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris. It is so true. Simplify and edit well.