Peek Inside Designer Erin Fetherston’s New L.A. Home
Having a new baby is a turning point in most women’s lives, and fashion designer Erin Fetherston is no exception. While she and her husband, musician Gabe Saporta, have lived in N.Y.C. (where her ready-to-wear business is based) for many years, once they knew that a baby was on the way, they decided to go bi-coastal and establish a home in Los Angeles. “I’m originally from California, and I wanted to take my maternity leave here so that I could be close to my family,” she explains.
Fetherston tapped online home décor retailer One Kings Lane to help furnish the living room of her 1920s-era Hollywood Hills home, taking advantage of their free decorating program called The Studio, in which on-staff interior designers consult with customers on room plans and furniture suggestions. “In the past, I’d worked with the company, designing a beach towel and even wrapping paper, so I had a great relationship with them,” she says. “With this house, we wanted to experience another way of life and to create a family friendly place,” she says. “The goal was to create a serene, elegant environment and a sort of oasis.” The Studio’s lead designer, Alex Reid, scooped up the project, and within a few weeks the room was complete.
Click through, above, to get a peek at Fetherston’s tranquil space, where she can now lounge quite happily with her husband and one-month-old son.
Fetherston and Reid decided to stain the floors of the room a milky gray to lighten up the space. Mongolian wool benches flank a central ottoman. “I have a thing for fuzzy textures, and these are really fun,” says Fetherston. “Our guests come over and stroke the seats!” Reid layered an Oushak rug over a larger sea grass style. “It creates a sense of informality and adds a subtle texture,” he says.
The walls in the room are painted the Benjamin Moore color Chantilly Lace. A custom ottoman serves as a coffee table. “Since this is a home with a baby, we wanted to minimize sharp edges,” says Reid.
A pair of chairs with cutout arms won’t block the view across the room—or the sightlines to the garden outside.
Reid introduced a vintage 1970s Karl Springer table into the scheme, centering it against a bay window. Fetherston keeps her collection of crystals on top of it. “When Alex showed me pictures of the table I thought it was odd, and I wasn’t sure about the asymmetrical shape,” says Fetherston. “But it is so beautiful and it doesn’t obstruct the view. So in the end I was wrong! That is why collaboration can be so great, sometimes you really do need someone else to help you break old habits.”
Two ceramic lamps sit on a weathered wooden console table. “Erin was inspired by European farmhouses, so we looked for pieces with rough-hewn surfaces but in modern shapes,” explains Reid. “That is a way to keep the look updated.”
A bar cart made of capiz shells acts as an extra surface in the room, and an opportunity to display books and objects. "The framed piece hanging above it is also made of capiz shells," says Reid, "This area offered another opportunity to layer textures in soft neutral tones."