Designer Erin Fetherston’s new Hollywood home is a warmed-up take on the palest shade.
KNOWN IN THE FASHION WORLD for her eponymous clothing line and her highly recognizable signature style (pale blonde hair that crowns an ultra-romantic aesthetic), Erin Fetherston has always telegraphed that look into interiors, too. “My husband [platinum recording artist Gabe Saporta] always joked that my New York apartment was a total fantasy princess palace,” says the designer.
When it came time to start a family last year, a move to Los Angeles felt like a natural step for the couple. Shortly after they began house hunting, they found a 1923 West Hollywood bungalow that was previously owned by a friend. Tucked behind a wall shrouded in greenery on a busy street, the home is the best of two worlds: a “magical oasis with a secret garden, right in the middle of the city,” says Fetherston. Hoping to maintain continuity, Fetherston hired the same landscape designer who originally restored the garden—and added boxwood, ferns, rosemary, white roses, and hydrangea to keep the green and white color scheme.
Departing from her traditional feminine aesthetic, Fetherston approached this space differently following the birth of their son. “I wanted to create something that reflected the whole family. The only pink accents are a few well-placed rose quartz crystals,” she says with a laugh.
A visit to Consort Design’s store on Melrose Avenue led Fetherston to co-owner Mat Sanders, who became an invaluable design partner. Consort, known for bold patterns and modern finishes, was challenged to exercise restraint, executing a more neutral palette for Fetherston’s interiors. “Mat could see what I was going for and brought his own twist,” she explains. “He helped me ach- ieve that balance of masculine and feminine.
Fetherston transformed an ottoman into a coffee table, upholstering it with a washable organic mudcloth with a nubby texture. Integrating the nursery with the family living area, she covered toddler-size glider in the same fabric. The finished home feels distinctly personal, as Fetherston custom-created a lot of the decor items herself. Thrilled with the results, she’s launching similar pieces with her collection of soft home goods, including pillows, tablecloths, napkins, and even dog beds, in a pared-down palette of ethereal whites and calming, muted earth tones.
The move to L.A. and Fetherston's home redesign has invigorated her apparel line, too. This September she’ll revive her namesake label, which was on hold while developing a contemporary collection. “California has influenced the look and feel—there’s now a relaxed elegance,” she says. It includes flowing dresses and sharply tailored separates in white, black and blush tones with hits of citrine. “All my work feels connected to everything here in my home.”
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photography by GILLIAN GARCIA
written by AMELIA FLEETWOOD
AFTER 10 YEARS of living in New York City and spending time at an artist’s residency in Italy, where she dreamed up her jewelry collection, designer Sophie Buhai has relocated to her native Los Angeles. She bought a house in Silver Lake and transformed it into a striking home, garden, and studio. While appointing her new space, she “became captivated by the L.A. lifestyle” all over again—and realized that passion into an extension of her brand. She started designing interiors for friends, which progressed into creating interiors and objects, in addition to jewelry.
Always drawn to pure sterling silver, Buhai’s covetable collection is minimalist and modern with an earthy twist. “I tapped into the strong silver heritage of the West, including both the Native American and Mexican traditions. I feel very connected to this history,” she says. Using visionary jewelry designers as inspiration—she cites Robert Lee Morris, Elsa Peretti, Art Smith, Betty Cook, and William Spratling, to name a few—Buhai takes that craftsmanship to a modern place. “Some- times the vintage shapes are a bit outdated,” she explains. “I wanted to see a new take on them—and I did just that.”