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Publication Date: 2015-07-27

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Tour a Designer's Comfortable Family Home in Northern California

For the interior design of this home in Alamo, California, Kriste Michelini was both the designer and the client. Michelini focused on a classic, neutral design that kept longevity in mind while also creating a comfortable space for her three young children. Throughout the home, she mixed traditional items with modern and vintage pieces to add a layered, family-friendly quality that is welcoming to all.


Used daily by the family, Michelini layered a variety of textures in the living room for a relaxing, casual feel. The sofa is covered in a linen truffle velvet from Kravet and surrounded by a coffee and side table from Oly. The room has ample seating with two comfortable armchairs, which are separated by a Barbara Barry side table, on one side and two Cherner chairs on the other. Mongolian lamb hair poufs from Coup d’Etat add an unexpected fun, detail. Completing the space are a hide rug from Design Within Reach, which is placed over a sisal rug, and artwork by Donald Baechler, which hangs over the sofa.

The dining room serves not only as a place for meals but also as a multi-purpose room for things like entertainment, homework and gift wrapping. The dining table is a traditional parquet table and paired with Bottega chairs from Design Within Reach. The mobile light fixture is by David Weeks. The art installation is by Sarah A. Smith, and the bench is by HenryBuilt.

In the kitchen, Michelini went with a classic all white look for a simple, clean feel that is timeless. White shaker cabinets blend seamlessly with the white glass backsplash. The island is Caesarstone with the perimeter of Carrera marble. She used Cherner counter stools to provide an aesthetically pleasing contrast against the white backdrop. The pendant lights are from Design Within Reach, and the hardware is by TopKnobs.

The family room is where the family spends most of its leisure time. The sectional and coffee table are both custom made to fit the space. The ivory Eames chair is not only a classic but very comfortable. The shag rug is forgiving for the household with young kids.

The home office is anchored by a vintage mid-century desk and decorated with a round Saarinen table and a hide rug that lightens the room. The Caboche chandelier adds glamour to the room.

The master bedroom is simple with a bed by Hickory Chair upholstered in an ivory linen. The nightstands are custom made with mirrors by William Sonoma Home. The lamps are from Arteriors, and the linens are Frette.

The master bathroom has an open vanity with a Calcutta marble countertop. The bathroom's tiles are also Calcutta marble. Medicine cabinets from Restoration Hardware are lit by sconces from Circa Lighting. The fixtures and baskets are by Waterworks, and the woven window shade is by Conrad.

In her son's bedroom, Michelini chose a bed from CB2, which is flanked by custom made floating nightstands and a pair of Tolomeo lamps. The leather chair is by Restoration Hardware, and the stainless desk was a kitchen island converted into a desk. The clock was made using outgrown shoes mounted on white painted plywood.

In her other son's bedroom, Michelini custom designed the bunk bed, which was made by a local cabinetmaker. The step drawers leading to the top bunk are dual purpose and can also be used as storage space. The chair is by Panton.

The kids’ bathroom features a chambray concrete trough sink made by Concreteworks. The fixtures are by Dornbracht, and the wallpaper is by David Hicks. Artwork by Dharma Strasser MacColl hangs on the wall.

The outdoor covered porch is used year round for reading, homework and enjoying wine with family and friends. The wicker chairs, sofa and coffee table are from Laneventure while the teak furniture is from Smith and Hawken and was painted in Benjamin Moore Black. The pillows are custom made with fabrics by Ralph Lauren.

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SHOP (Top Row): Cherner® Counter Stool, Design Within Reach ($799) // Saarinen Round Dining Table, Design Within Reach ($1,879) // Geometric Chandelier, Lumfardo Luminaires ($4,100) // Solid Pillow, Kyle Bunting (price upon request)

SHOP (Bottom Row): Claw Ottoman, Cuffhome ($4,455) // Craze Wool Rug by Merida via Celerie Kemble ($92/square foot) // Stevenson Table, Stacklab (price upon request) // Venetian Series #3, Jan Showers (price upon request)


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