Inside a Texture-Rich Apartment in L.A.'s Coolest Neighborhood

Updated 06/20/18
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Just taking a virtual tour of this Echo Park minimalist 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. "The directive organically formed into living with intention," Geffen tells MyDomaine.

She believes that a home must reflect one's 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 minimalist home style inspiration and design insight.

A Warm Welcome

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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.

Ferm Living Enter Magazine Holder $173
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When your collection of books and magazines is starting to pile up a little too high, here's your stylish storage solution. Put it by the entryway so you can also toss your other items in it, like your scarves or keys.

Stacked Vase
Workaday Stacked Vase $320 $128
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Place a ceramic vase on your console table by the front door for a casual but well-curated and collected entryway.

A Potter's Paradise in the Kitchen

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"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.

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We love the blond leather seats and powder-coated frame pulled up to the kitchen counter for a fresh look. It's also the perfect accent piece for any room. Try placing in a corner and stacking it high with your favorite books.

Sur La Table Madeira Teak Cutting Board $30
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Lean a collection of wooden cutting boards against the wall on your kitchen island for a laid-back vibe.

A Homey Dining Area

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The magic of this dining area is that it's simple yet distinctive. "Sophisticated spaces do not have to feel uptight and stuffy," Geffen reminds us. 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.

Marc Gabor Mood Indigo Photograph $160
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Mixing photographs with drawings and paintings of a similar theme is a stylish way to personalize your walls and also keep some creative inspiration on tap.

Gotland Skin Sheepskin $383
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We love how Geffen hung a sheepskin with silky gray curls over the dining room for an interesting, textured dimension.

A Peace-Inspiring Workspace

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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: "If it had been designed in a week, it would be missing that je ne sais quoi," Geffen says.

Paloma II Reclaimed Wood Small Sideboard - Crate and Barrel
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A textured sideboard is the perfect makeshift media console. Not only does it maximize your storage in a smaller space, but it also elevates the earthy feel of the overall aesthetic.

dCOR Design Grasshopper Task Floor Lamp $300
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Structurally intriguing, this wiry, bendy floor lamp will bring in some personality without veering away from a neutral color scheme.

A Room Where Living Is Easy

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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, a 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.

Maxim Polished Chrome and Concrete Shade $380
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This industrial pendant light is an easy, edgy way to break up the softness of the space while still highlighting its earthy roots.

Reeve Mid-Century Coffee Table - Marble
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Marble is another great material to call upon when looking for a natural and sophisticated piece to bring into your home. This simple coffee table will do the trick.

A Tranquil Oasis

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The master bedroom feels thoroughly serene, calming, and grounding, with a mattress on the floor made with relaxed and cozy linens. "We 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," Geffen explains.

Reeve Mid-Century Coffee Table - Marble
Ole Gjerløv-Knudsen OGK Safari Chair $530 $399
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This low-slung linen chair is a light, portable, and sophisticated in an unassuming way. It also functions like a beach chair, so you may have a hard time getting up once you get comfortable lounging on it.

Cedar & Moss Ridge Sconce $235
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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.

And now, take a tour of a stylish family home in another beautiful Los Angeles neighborhood.

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