Inside a Texture-Rich Apartment in L.A.'s Coolest Neighborhood
Just taking a virtual tour of this Echo Park home left us feeling reinvigorated and inspired to live with more intention and authenticity. When interior designer Paige Geffen and her partner moved into this 500-sqaure-foot abode, their primary goal was to transform the blank slate into an environment that supported their laid-back lifestyle as well as their robust collection of stylish, artful items. From there, "the directive organically formed into living with intention," Geffen tells MyDomaine. She believes that a home must reflect one's raw personality and priorities to truly be a sanctuary, which is how she approached redesigning her own home.
"I like to think of this process as mindfully collecting, rather than mindlessly consuming," muses Geffen. Each item serves a functional purpose and also contributes to the unique charm and character of the home as a unit. In fact, even the negative space offers an intentional narrative: "I like the eye to rest when traveling throughout the space so we can fully absorb the beauty of the important pieces. And an adherence to a neutral color scheme inspired by nature as well as layering rich materials creates cohesion, as each room flows into the next. Take a tour of this energizing and mood-changing Los Angeles apartment for some serious home décor inspiration and design insight.
A Warm Welcome
The moment you step inside Geffen's home, you're absorbed by its warmth and calming atmosphere. There's definitely an eclectic but well-curated sensibility, thanks to the found objects and vintage bones of the midcentury apartment complex. But aside from being packed with personal style, the entryway is also practical. With baskets, catchalls, and a chic magazine holder fastened to the wall for her partner's work, there's no shortage of storage.
A Potter's Paradise in the Kitchen
"The kitchen itself is so stark and minimal," Geffen says, adding "shelving with our plates, mugs, and pottery … to warm up the space and bring life to the area of the house where we gather and cook." The thoughtfully curated ceramic tableware as well as the built-in shelves not only highlight the natural materials throughout the unit but also contribute to the pattern of only bringing in unique, hand-chosen items that provide both function and meaning. We also love the flood of natural light seeping into the kitchen, as it radiates a pleasant energy that would make anyone feel at home.
A Homey Dining Area
The magic of this dining area is that it's simultaneously simple yet distinctive. Indeed, as Geffen reminds us, "sophisticated spaces do not have to feel uptight and stuffy." With a rich wood table surrounded by an eclectic array of seating options that differ in texture but feel the similar in personality, this section of the home is particularly alluring.
A Peace-Inspiring Workspace
When they're not gathering at the dining table for a meal, Geffen and her partner can comfortably use it as a workspace. With plenty of natural light as well as a quirky wall lamp, it's the perfect area to sit in while looking for inspiration or brainstorming design plans. Just like the rest of the home, it's simple and relaxed yet artful and offbeat enough to keep an onlooker on their toes. This is accomplished through the various layers of periods, styles, and textures since the couple was able to incorporate pieces they've been collecting over time. The notion of objects developing their own personal histories is essential because "if it had been designed in a week, it would be missing that je ne sais quoi," Geffen says.
A Room Where Living Is Easy
The living room walls are adorned with beautiful, meaningful art. The photograph above the credenza is shot by Geffen's current favorite, Kayten Schmidt. But aside from the artwork in frames, almost every piece in this area feels like artwork, whether it's the records scattered around, the very special Mark Gonzales skateboard drawing of Jason Lee, coffee table books, objects lining the credenza and crystals on the windowsill, or even the huge plant that brings grounding and life to the room. Plus, the Roman shades and linen drapery from the Shade Store give the room a relaxed feel.
A Tranquil Oasis
The master bedroom feels thoroughly "serene, calming, and grounding," with a mattress on the floor made with relaxed and cozy linens. Geffen explains that she and her partner "don't like any fuzziness or clutter, but adding artwork on the floor, a place for my favorite clothing items accessories visible, and unframed flea market art," makes the bedroom feel down to earth and cuddle-friendly.
Cedar & Moss Ridge Sconce ($235)
Gold or brass lighting is the best kind of accent piece to incorporate for a subtle touch of elegance that doesn't feel ostentatious. We love this simple yet high-shine sconce.
What are your very favorite design elements of this Los Angeles home? Sound off in the comments below, and don't worry—you can have more than one favorite (we certainly do).