This Designer's L.A. Home Is Minimalist-Driven With So Much Personality
The perfect mix of chill and creative.
When the shelter-in-place order first went into effect, designer Erin Meehan craved what so many other homebound dwellers wanted: more square footage and ample outdoor space. And, as the Covid-19 pandemic continued on, the AGOLDE and GOLDSIGN design director and Purple contributor knew she had to make some moves — quite literally.
“I was living in a small apartment in Los Feliz and was craving a larger space that was in the middle of everything, but still offered a bit of nature,” she shares.
Meehan stumbled upon a tree-lined street of condos in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills — and was inevitably sold on a 1966 unit that was recently flipped. The space was pretty pared-down when it came to features, but for Meehan, this allowed her to fully picture the potential and gave her a clean slate when designing it out.
“I loved the open feel of the space and all the trees surrounding it,” Meehan says. “This may sound a bit unusual, but I also really liked the fact that [it] was super minimal and didn’t really have a distinct design style to it; a blank canvas that allowed me to make it anything I wanted.”
As a fashion designer, it was no surprise that Meehan set out to make her new home match her own style: minimalist but not without lots of personality.
“I’ve always wanted my surroundings to have an element that is fun and whimsical, while still being a functional space that you can live in,” she shares. "I think my home captures my style and personality in that I like to be chic, sophisticated, but always prefer not to take myself too seriously."
Every space has a story, and for Meehan's living room, it all starts with the couch. The designer first spotted Ligne Roset's Togo sofa during her tenure at Gap — and was immediately blown away by the construction and the comfort.
According to Meehan, she continued to think about the sofa over the years — up until she could finally purchase her own. In fact, she even struck a deal to trade in her former sectional for this covetable, cloud-like set. "It took lots of patience and manifesting to find this piece," she says.
Meehan adores Ligne Roset's Togo sofa for its open feel, and credits this statement piece as the jumping-off point for the entire space. With crisp, white walls and airy accents, this space feels like you're floating above it all.
Meehan might favor a primarily neutral palette, but her space is anything but stale and safe. The designer peppered her living room with bursts of bright orange, as seen with the Entler table lamp and an amber-tinged mirror, courtesy of AYTM.
"I painted the whole space a classic white for that art gallery feel, but wanted to incorporate some subtle color accents," she shares. "My décor style is very similar to my personal style. I always use minimalism as my starting point, but then accent it with things that add a bit of fun with interesting shapes and curves."
Head over to the dining room, and you'll spot Meehan's signature mix of chill and creative. But, instead of incorporating bold pops of color, she uses this space to experiment with shapes and textiles. The focal point of the room is the vintage table, complete with a round gilded base. When paired with Noguchi's oversized, bulbous light pendant, the all-white room exudes an unapologetically groovy attitude. Rounding out the retro room is a vintage credenza, minimalist mirror, and two palm plants, giving this area some well-appointed symmetry.
"I wanted to focus on shapes and curves, and keep the color palette quite monochrome," she shares. "I decided to invest in a few eye-catching statement pieces and build out the décor from there."
But, while this space has plenty to look at, Meehan is partial to the custom Pierre Paulin chairs that flank each side of the dining room table.
"He’s one of my favorite furniture designers of all time," she says. "I have always wanted something of his; once I found my dining table, I had two custom chairs made in a tonal beige."
Though Meehan has almost all of her home's 1,123 square feet to herself — her roommates are her two dogs, Wyman and Dolly — she still thinks of the bedroom as her sanctuary.
"My bedroom has always been the space that feels the most authentic to me, my style, and my life," she shares. "Since I was young, it’s been a place that I go where I could be creative and express myself visually when I couldn’t necessarily elsewhere."
To create a space that's downright dreamy, Meehan coated her room in Backdrop's Supermoon hue. The designer emphasized her crisp, white walls with a matching duvet from Matteo, CB2 dresser, and a set of wall-to-wall drapes, made custom by Loft Curtains.
But, similar to the rest of her space, this neutral-powered room has no shortage of personality. In addition to her millennial pink-hued Entler lamp, the bedroom is dotted woven accents and a lush palm plant. The result? A chill space with a hint of coastal.
The bedroom has been Meehan's sacred space ever since she was little, so it's only fitting to incorporate a bit of her past into her adult abode.
"As a child of the '80s, growing up in South Florida, I had a full white rattan bedroom with pink walls and gingham sheets," she shares. "I wanted a room that felt chic and grown up, but still incorporated some of those nostalgic elements I loved so much from childhood."
Meehan might've been inspired by her youth, but she managed to give her favorite features a modern-day appeal. The pink and white tiled side table she sourced from Ktown Corner Store offers a modern take on gingham, while her caned CB2 headboard cleverly bridges the gap between old and new. In addition to evolving her favorite childhood trends, Meehan adopted a methodical approach to accessorizing.
"Restraint is also an important part of the process for me," she shares. "I try not to impulse-buy and be selective when I add anything new to the space."
Decked out with a just few trinkets — such as a vintage lamp and artwork by Shannon Cartier Lucy — her bedroom feels pared-back, yet indisputably sophisticated.
Just because a bathroom serves a utilitarian purpose — a place to take a shower, wash your face, and perfect your skincare routine — doesn't mean it can't be a considered space. Meehan turned her bathroom into a design-drive spot by shaking up her color palette with the use of light pink shade.
"I painted my whole place in a gallery white, but wanted to have a bit of fun with the bathroom," she shares.
For a pop that feels cohesive with the rest of her space, Meehan selected Clare's Wing It, which she calls "a chic, beige-toned pink." The designer offset her blush walls with punchy, checkered towels from Baina as well as a cheeky bath mat from Cold Picnic. Meehan completed the bathroom with an Entler lamp, a constant feature throughout her condo.
"I have quite a few [of these] in my home, as I love the space-age vibe," she says. " I think they look like sad aliens!"
Though Meehan's mid-pandemic move blessed her with more square footage, the designer wanted to make sure she used her newfound space wisely. She cleverly transformed a spare area into a guest bedroom-cum-office, striking a happy medium between form and function in the process.
"While moving during Covid-19, making space for an office was crucial," she says. "I liked the idea of having a separate [area] where I could be creative and focus. Initially, I thought about making the entire room an office, but I really wanted a place where friends and family could stay when they came to visit. So, I decided to combine the guest room and office space."
Similar to her primary bedroom, Meehan coated this area in a bright, white paint. But, while her personal quarters feel like a serene sanctuary, this guest room gets a dose of drama. The magic lies in her pigmented Parachute bedding, the color-blocked rug from CB2, and an angular light pendant, courtesy of France & Son.
Rounding out the space is artwork from Milton Glaser and Meehan's personal mood board, blurring the lines between business and pleasure.
Since Meehan spends the bulk of her time behind her desk, it was important to create an office she'd be excited to visit daily. However, it was also crucial to create an area that meant business. (After all, isn't that the whole point of having an office?)
"I have always been a bit of a homebody who loves to curate my [place]," she shares. "Covid-19 definitely turned that up a notch and changed the way I looked at space in a more functional way. I wanted to create areas throughout my home that felt unique and inspiring, but still practical."
Fortunately, Meehan mastered the balance by selecting well-appointed office essentials. This side of the room is flanked with floor-to-ceiling bookcases, courtesy of IKEA. Plus, the vintage Paul Mayen desk, Finnish Design Shop chairs, and antique Tulip seat balance offer a sleek backdrop to her sketches.
"Decorating a home for me is very similar to my design process," she shares. "I do a ton of research upfront, make mood boards, and set color palettes. Aesthetics are super important to me and I don’t feel settled or comfortable in a space unless it really feels like an extension of who I am as an individual and creative."