Office Visit: Kriste Michelini Interiors
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When San Francisco Bay Area designer Kriste Michelini , a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory , overhauled her New England–style home in Northern California, her goal was to create a sense of openness and blend in modern elements within the house's traditional context. With the help of architectural designer Esther Suzuki Arnold, she updated a layout of small rooms and narrow hallways, creating a spacious floor plan that gracefully accommodates modern family living. Armed with a spare palette of colors and finishes, she tied the tried-and-true together with the modern in a warm and welcoming fashion. Photography Lisa Duncan and Wayne Miller. Above: Michelini integrates a modern fireplace into a wall with traditional molding, adding a cantilevered shelf that displays artwork and holds firewood. Above: In Michelini's study, the curved lines of the midcentury Cherner chairs and a Saarinen table provide a welcome contrast to the architectural detailing of the room. Above: Dark wood floors and open shelving add warmth to the predominantly white background. Above: The kitchen cupboards are traditional in design, but painted white for a contemporary feel. Above: Minimizing the color palette lends visual consistency to the large, flowing spaces. Above: Michelini removed existing walls to create light, spacious rooms. Above: The dark wood floor continues into the bathroom to emphasize the continuity of the space.