About Us

About Us

OUR STORY, like our linens, is woven with passion and joy.

Whether it be a lovingly hand-knit blanket from your grandmother, a tablecloth that’s been in the family for generations, or a serving bowl painted by hand in Italy…our hearts are touched in a special way by the people and things with which we surround ourselves. It’s this appreciation for these experiences that was—and still is—the inspiration behind Misto Lino.

From a very young age, Susan cherished spending time with her family in Europe and as she grew up she became fascinated with the history and stories that came from the items her family passed down and the people who had created them. The more she discovered about this richly textured world of master craftsmanship and culture, the more inspired she became. Seeing a genuine need for a fine linen store in the San Francisco East Bay, Susan opened Misto Lino in 1994. For more than 20 years, her purpose has remained the same: to showcase beautiful things done well and offer customers a place that feels welcoming and special.

Misto Lino quickly became a destination for the highest quality linens and one-of-a-kind gifts for the home thoughtfully sourced from all over the world and a second location opened in Lafayette in 2008. 

Susan and her dedicated team love sharing their passion, knowledge, and expertise with each other and customers by providing products and experiences that add warmth, charm, and beauty to their lives.

We can’t wait to help you feel inspired to live the life you love! 

MEET OUR FABULOUS TEAM!

Claudia

Get to know Claudia

  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Black.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Roasted chicken and mashed potatoes.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Had children.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Mother Teresa.”
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  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    “Paris, France.”
  • Where were you born?
    “San Francisco, CA”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Gardenia”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Roasted chicken and mashed potatoes”
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    ”Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “SDH Fine Fabric Wash.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Travel.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “My family.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “That I’m fluent in Spanish.”
  • What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Hiking”
  • To relieve stress you…
    “Exercise.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Visiting family in Mexico.”
  • Do you collect anything?
    “Mexican pottery.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Scandal.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Read.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Save your pennies.
Claudia
Cynthia

Get to know Cynthia

  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Pink.”
  • What is your favorite food?
    “Thin crust pizza.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “A beach vacation with my family.”
  • To relieve stress you…
    “Pour myself a martini and call a friend
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Be yourself because no one else can.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Cherry Hill, NJ.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Rose.”
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    “Pretty Women.”
  • What’s your favorite Book?
    “The Bible.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Chicken parmesan.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would you be?
    “Paris, France.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    ”Shop.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “Everything.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Picked up three times in my life and moved to a place where I didn’t know a soul.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Living in Europe for an entire year.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “That I have always wanted to be a tambourine player in a boy’s rock and roll band.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Mother Teresa.”
  • What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Hanging out with one of my best friends.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Having to move all the time because of my dad’s job.”
  • Do you collect anything?
    “Receipts.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Seinfeld.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Kiss my husband.”
Cynthia
Denise

Get to know Denise

  • What’s your favorite movie?
    “Pretty Woman.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Sat with my mom while she passed.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Katharine Hepburn.”
  • Do you collect anything?
    “Shoes.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Kiss my husband good night.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Purple.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Peony.”
  • Favorite food?
    “Mexican.”
  • Favorite Book?
    “The Pillars of the Earth.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Summertime Pasta.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    “Positano, Italy.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    ”Shop.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “Legna Seville bedding.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Play Pebble Beach.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “My grandkids”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “That I’m shy.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Lying on the sofa reading a book.”
  • To relieve stress you…
    “Shop.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “The silly things I used to do with my girlfriends to try to get boys to notice us.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “NCIS.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Trust your instincts.”
Denise
Julia

Get to know Julia

  • Favorite movie?
    “Amélie.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    ”Somewhere in India.”
  • Do you collect anything?
    “Vinyl records.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “New Girl.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Check Facebook.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Ridgewood, New Jersey.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Blue”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Rose.”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Vietnamese.”
  • Favorite book?
    “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Smoked salmon pasta.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    “Hang out with dog.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “Arte Italica Splendore Dipping Bowl.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Climbed a military base high rope structure.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Go backpacking in Europe.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “Playing the piano.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “I have six ethnicities.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Dostoyevsky.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Going to the beach with my dog.”
  • To relieve stress you:
    “Play the piano or cook.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Going to Lake Tahoe with my family and staying in my grandpa’s cabin.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “You only live life once.”
Julia
June

Get to know June

  • Where were you born?
    “Vancouver, Canada.”
  • Favorite movie?
    “Thelma and Louise.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Survived Chicago’s winter of ’79.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Carlos Santana.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Watch Jimmy Kimmel.”
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  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Purple.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Sunflower.”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Seafood.”
  • Favorite book?
    “The Bridges of Madison County.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “BBQ grilled meats and veggies.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would you be?
    “Venice, Italy.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    “Hike.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “Jan Barboglio tabletop accessories.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Traveling the world.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “Walking into Misto Lino.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “That I was a flight attendant.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Going to a museum.”
  • To relieve stress you:
    “Exercise.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Spending time with my grandmother in Vancouver.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Scandal.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Be true to yourself.”
June
Kathi

Get to know Kathi

  • Favorite movie?
    “The Breakfast Club.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    “Anywhere in Italy.”
  • Finish the sentence: I wish I had more time to
    “Visit my 92-year old aunt in Arizona.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “The Walking Dead.”
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  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Kiss my husband goodnight.”
  • Where were you born?
    “Boscobel, Wisconsin.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Pink.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Rose.”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Salmon.”
  • Favorite book?
    “The Bridges of Madison County.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Chicken Rollups.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    “Go shopping.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “SDH Gobi Duvet Cover.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Survived being held at gunpoint.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Get a passport and use it!”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “My cats and my husband.”
  • Which famous person would you most like to meet?
    “ Jimmy Buffett.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “ Wine tasting in Sonoma.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “I was about five and my dad and I went for a walk. We found a dollar bill on the ground and used it to buy a watermelon.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “You need to do what makes you happy.”
Kathi
Lisa

Get to know Lisa

  • Favorite movie?
    “Something’s Gotta Give.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Salmon en croûte with pesto and roasted vegetables.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    “On a terrace overlooking Lake Como, Italy.”
  • Earliest childhood memory?
    “Spilling my birthday cake down the front of my white dress at my 4th birthday and looking to see if anyone else noticed.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “Hearing my girls laugh.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Alameda, CA.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Green.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Tulips and hydrangea.”
  • Favorite food?
    “Seafood.”
  • Favorite book?
    “Setting the Table by Danny Meyer.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    “Cook.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “Our newest handmade tea towels and tablecloths from Florence.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Writing a novel.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “That I have dual Italian citizenship.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Pope John Paul II and Jacques Pépin. Preferably at the same time, over a four-hour meal that includes lots of red wine.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Going to Napa.”
  • To relieve stress you:
    “Go for a run.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Downton Abbey.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Pray.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Every day is a new chance to make a difference.”
Lisa
Luz

Get to know Luz

  • Favorite movie?
    “Gone with the Wind.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    “Paris”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Friends.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Brush my teeth.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “San Francisco.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Red.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Rose.”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Seafood.”
  • Favorite book?
    “Harry Potter.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Chicken cordon bleu.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    “Go bowling”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “SDH Corso linens.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Raising three kids.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Travel to Switzerland.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “My husband.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “I love power tools and know how to use them.”
  • Which famous person would you most like to meet?
    “Gandhi:
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Planting flowers in my garden.”
  • To relieve stress you:
    “Listen to books on tape.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Camping and boating with my family in the Delta.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Never go to bed angry with your spouse.”
Luz
Marylin

Get to know Marylin

  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Green.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Chicken pot pie.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Johnny Depp.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Running naked through the lawn sprinklers with my siblings on really hot days.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “All My Children.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Turlock CA.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Daffodil.”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Hamburgers.”
  • Favorite movie?
    “Gone with the Wind.”
  • Favorite book?
    “The Rainbow Goblins.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would you be?
    “Tuscany, Italy.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    ”Be outdoors.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    ”Legna classic in cappuccino.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Go to Tahiti.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “Being with my husband and kids.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “That I love to tap dance.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Taking a walk, having lunch and going to the movie.”
  • To relieve stress you…
    “Listen to music.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Say a prayer.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Take risk.”
Marylin
Norma

Get to know Norma

  • What’s your favorite favorite food?
    “Brisket.”
  • Favorite Book?
    “To Kill a Mockingbird and The Scarlet Letter.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “My age.”
  • Do you collect anything?
    “Pinecones.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Take typing.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Cleveland , Ohio.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Blacks and grays.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Freesia.”
  • Favorite Movie?
    “Schindler’s List.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Lemon chicken.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would you be?
    “Orvieto, Italy.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “The SDH 100% Purist Linen sheets.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Sold my house in Cleveland and drove across the country to San Francisco.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Go back to Italy.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “Seeing my grandchildren excel.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Barack Obama.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Go shopping.”
  • To relieve stress you:
    “Go for a five-mile walk.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Having home made peach ice cream at our neighborhood ice cream shop.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    ”Jimmy Fallon.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Brush my teeth.”
Norma
Susan

Get to know Susan

  • Favorite Book?
    “Anything Jane Austen.”
  • Finish this sentence: I wish I had more time to:
    “…hang out with my kids and my hubby.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “I’m very afraid to fly.”
  • Which famous person would you most like meet?
    “Colin Firth”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Downton Abbey.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Erbach, Germany.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Orange.”
  • Flower?
    “Tulips and peonies”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “German.”
  • What’s your favorite movie?
    “Princess Bride”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “The take-out menu drawer.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would you be?
    “My aunt’s house in Germany.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “SDH Dorset linen sheets.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Getting married and raising children.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “See the Egyptian pyramids and Petra, Jordan.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “My cats.”
  • What’s your favorite way to spend a day off?
    “What’s a day off?”
  • To relieve stress you…
    “Have a mug of tea and some chocolate.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Going on walks with my grandfather in the hills of our village in Germany. He gave me sugar cubes to give to the horses and we picked wild violets along the way to bring back for my grandmother.”
  • Do you collect anything?
    “Emma Bridgewater English pottery.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Read.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “If you’re not scared, you’re not doing it right.”
Susan
Vicki

Get to know Vicki

  • Favorite movie?
    “Pretty Woman.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    “Paris.”
  • Do you collect anything?
    “Swarovski Crystals.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Modern Family.”
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  • Finish the sentence: I wish I had more time to:
    “Travel:
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Wash my face.”
  • Where were you born?
    “San Francisco.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “Black.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Tulips.”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Meat.”
  • Favorite book?
    “Why French Women Don’t Get Fat.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Grilled steak.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    “Garden.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “Jan Barboglio handcrafted iron and glassware.”
  • What is the bravest thing you have ever done?
    “Survived being stranded in a waterfall.”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Traveling to Asia.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “Happiness.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “I’m stronger than I look.”
  • Which famous person would you most like to meet?
    “Tony Bennett.”
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “ Shopping.”
  • To relieve stress you:
    “Work in the yard.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Road trips with my family.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Don’t ever say you’re going one place and go somewhere else.”
Vicki
Yini

Get to know Yini

  • Favorite movie?
    “Silver Linings Playbook.”
  • If you could be having lunch anywhere in the world, where would it be?
    “Harajuku, Japan.”
  • If you could get a walk-on part in any TV show, it would be:
    “Jimmy Fallon.”
  • Last thing you do before bed is:
    “Watch cartoons.”
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  • Where were you born?
    “Vallejo, California.”
  • What’s your favorite color?
    “French Blue.”
  • What’s your favorite flower?
    “Sunflower.”
  • What’s your favorite food?
    “Sushi.”
  • Favorite book?
    “Dante’s Inferno.”
  • Company’s coming. What’s your go-to recipe?
    “Japanese curry.”
  • In your free time, you love to…
    “Go shopping.”
  • What is currently your favorite item at Misto Lino?
    “Arte Italica Volterra Nero Bowl with Handles”
  • Name something on your bucket list?
    “Traveling around the world.”
  • What makes your heart sing?
    “My family.”
  • What would people find surprising to learn about you?
    “I have a motorcycle license.”
  • Which famous person would you most like to meet?
    "Leonardo DiCaprio."
  • Favorite way to spend a day off?
    “Relaxing.”
  • To relieve stress you:
    “Crafting including knitting, jewelry making and sewing.”
  • Childhood memory?
    “Camping with my family and hanging out at the river.”
  • Best advice you ever got was:
    “Be yourself.”
Yini