Sneak Peek: Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez Shares the Spaces She Calls Home in her First Book with Rizzoli - LA Lives

The 224-page book also features designers she is inspired by, from Elora Hardy to Kenneth Cobonpue.

Stephanie Kienle Gonzalez has just come out with her first book, which is published by Rizzoli New York. 

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Titled Embracing Natural Design: Inspired Living, the book is described as a showcase of stylish homes that blend artisanal craftsmanship with a fresh naturalistic design approach. 

Photo by Elsa Young

“Throughout the pages of this book, I share the personal spaces in which I have spent hours passionately working, entertaining, and relaxing,” Kienle Gonzalez writes in the introduction of the 224-page tome.

Beautifully photographed, the residences featured demonstrate a thoughtful layering of classic and modern furnishings, showing how to bring sustainable elements into your living space. By employing the use of organic forms, stone and wood pieces, and natural weaves with texture, such as seagrass, caning, bamboo, and rattan. 

Photo by Scott Woodward

For her own homes, she adds tropical greenery and flowers to enliven the interiors and at her eco-friendly family retreat. 

The book also features international designers and artists who have inspired her—from sustainable architect Elora Hardy to designers India Hicks, Nate Berkus, and Kenneth Cobonpue. 

From left: Photo by Scott Woodward; Photo by Francisco Guerrero

“Stephanie makes me believe in the possibilities of the future,” Hicks describes her friend in the foreword. “From her commitment to supporting Filipino craftspeople to her gentle nudges toward an environmentally conscious lifestyle, Stephanie shows us what to do next.” 

Hicks continues that we must learn all we can from Kienle Gonzalez “to make sure there are palm trees and rhinos for the next generations to see. Thank goodness for this exquisite woman living a life of style with a conscience.”

Photo by Francisco Guerrero

As we all know, Kienle Gonzalez discovered an aptitude for interior design early in her life as she was raised in the ateliers of her family’s design company Philux. One of their most recent projects is a collaboration with Louis Vuitton’s anticipated Manila flagship store.

She also serves as an advocate for the World Wildlife Fund’s conservation programs and is on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philippines. 

Photo by Elsa Young

“Each design experience imparts an invaluable lesson in intuition, exploration, collaboration, and creativity,” Kienle Gonzalez continues in the book’s introduction. “I relish the opportunity to share with you the spaces I call home and the craft I am passionate about.”

Embracing Natural Design: Inspired Living is now available for purchase. For more information, visit

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