Ethereal Mid-century Modern White Living Room

The gorgeous white interior design in fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s grand 1923 house has been styled a few different ways since Erin moved in.

Modern farmhouse living room with Mid-century modern style. The club chairs, Alex says, “have a great architectural line and a sexy cut from the back,” making them ideal for a central seating arrangement.

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

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Located in West Hollywood’s gorgeous Sunset Park neighborhood (sometimes described as a neighborhood within a neighborhood!), today we’ll take a closer look at this home’s living room. The interiors here are a mix of Mid-century modern, modern farmhouse, California organic, and ethereal Erin style.

Fetherston partnered with designer Alex Reid of One King’s Lane The Studio, and they call the look “California farmhouse” with lots of organic. Erin told OKL, “I wanted every purchase to feel fresh, from the plates to the sofa to the glasses…I really asked, Does this fit into the home? Does it have that neutral, subtle, earthy California elegance? Is it easy and family-friendly? Will I worry about it?”

Erin Fetherston was careful to avoid going totally midcentury with the design and instead opted for a fusion with fresh and organic textures that help the place feel very NOW. There are some retro moments such as the 1970’s Karl Springer table, but Fetherston and Reid have added contemporary photography for balance.

Erin Fetherston white living room with organic, modern farmhouse style. #livingroomdecor #interiordesign #allwhite #decoratingideas

Without the blue accents. Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

When this living room was designed, Fetherston was expecting their first child, and I am curious to know whether all the white has created any challenges now that they have a toddler! In my own home, living with white hasn’t been a problem even with messy chapters of childhood. You simply see the mess immediately and attend to it rather than allowing it to get worse! Living with white doesn’t mean you stop entertaining or treat your interiors like a museum; sometimes mud happens. You just clean it up. I like the designer’s philosophy about not being overly concerned about living with white: “Blankets are always in arm’s reach and can be thrown down as a cover in a pinch.”

Let’s tour Erin’s living room and discover some of the exact furnishings and home decor she chose from One King’s Lane. 

Photography: Joe Schmelzer and Alex Reid/Source: One King’s Lane

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Midcentury modern style in a modern farmhouse living room. Erin Fetherston's gorgeous all white California farmhouse with inspiring decor on Hello Lovely Studio

Those sexy chairs!!!! Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Have you ever seen white linen to cover a chair like this!?!

Modern farmhouse decor in a mid-century modern home. A few notes of family-friendly design: rounded edges on the console, a Moses basket (perfect for a sleeping baby or a pile of blankets), and a Tibetan fleece stool that takes soft to a new level.

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Midcentury modern style in a modern farmhouse living room with white decor. “I wanted every wall to make sense, to have its own vignette,” says Alex. It’s also a flexible design scheme—the ottoman adds extra seating and can be “scooched up for cozier conversations during parties.”

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Design inspiration from this all white living space with white linen sofa, upholstered ottoman, rustic dough bowl, brass accents, and California modern farmhouse chic by Erin Fetherston.

White on white! Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Decor inspiration: modern farmhouse style plus mid-century modern design in a white living room. Erin loved the effect of the patterned sisal rug layered under an antique Oushak: “The rugs did a great job of grabbing the cool and the warm tones in the room, the gray highlights and the oatmeal lowlights. It creates this perfect base for everything.”

The floors look velvety. Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

I love all the symmetry in this room.

Inspiring interior design in a modern farmhouse living room with midcentury modern style. “Between my husband and myself, we have an interesting mix of people coming to our home,” Erin says. “We wanted to create a place that would work for the whole range, from the band to the children.”

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Decor inspiration: modern farmhouse living room with midcentury modern design. Karl Springer table with lamp and crystals in a modern vignette.

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Home decor inspiration: a modern farmhouse living room with midcentury modern design. A piece of dried barn wood, carved to resemble a tortoiseshell, creates the right exclamation point on a bar cart.

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Inspiring interior design in a modern living room. The bar cart is covered in capiz—part of the mission to add rich texture everywhere. “There’s no real color here,” Alex says, “but the capiz makes the whole spot dynamic.” And by tucking the shell and books below, Erin and Gabe can easily turn the spot into a setup for drinks when they entertain.

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Even though this story is about her living room, I can’t help myself and have to also show you again, her inviting breakfast nook! The Breuer chairs she placed with the Saarinen table have a special place in my heart since they were the first kitchen chairs I ever purchased when I was moving into my first apartment at age 18. They were super comfortable. I love how they work with the organic and dramatic rattan pendant.

Charming kitchen design! A breakfast nook with Mid-century modern design. All-white interior design and California farmhouse style in Erin Fetherston's home on Hello Lovely Studio

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

All white decor in a chic kitchen with Saarinen style tulip table, sofa, and natural wicker pendant light. Erin Fetherston's gorgeous all white California farmhouse with its white on white scheme is an inspiring lesson in Cali boho farmhouse chic with a Midcentury Modern twist. #allwhite #saarinen #whitekitchen #midcentury #breakfastnook

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

Inteiror design ideas for modern farmhouse living rooms. Erin Fetherston in her white living room with her maltese dogs.

Ethereal Mid-century Modern Living Room {All White Decor}

What do you think about the way vintage and modern were mixed in this space?

Shop the Look

Rustic French Country Cabinet
Teak 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Upholstered Dining Chair
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Louis Upholstered Bench
French Country Sofa
Louis Ghost Chair
Pamela Arm Chair
Weathered Arm Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
Aged Terracotta Pots
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair Set of 2
Galvanized Console Table
French Farmhouse Dining Table
30″ Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Beachy White Slipcovered Armchair
Rattan Armchair
Antiqued French Lamp
Light Grey Rattan Chair
French Country Altar Candlestick
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
Black & White Wool Area Rug
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Linen Curved Loveseat
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
French Country Loveseat
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Oak Accent Stool
Rustic Ring 12-Light Chandelier
French Upholstered Gray Bench
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute ARea Rug
Leather Club Chair
French Candle Style Chandelier
Swedish Writing Desk
French Linen Sofa
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Parisian Glass Bottle Vase
Life is Beauty…Pillow
Magnus Table Lamp
Spindle Leg Upholstered Bench
Concrete Table Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Tufted Headboard
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Aged White Writing Desk
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
White Maze Quilt Set
Fair Isle Green Rug
Column Table Lamp
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
Mini Pendant Light
White Vase Set
Arteriors Swivel Bar Stool
Grainsack Stripe Armchair
Leather Patchwork Ottoman
Tufted Chesterfield Sofa
Modern Brass Sphere Pendant
Black Tray Table
Gold Flatware Set
Industrial Task Lamp
Round Wall Mirror
White Honeycomb Mosaic Tile
Industrial Sconce
Fireclay Farm Sink
Leather Chesterfield Sofa
Wishbone Dining Chair
60″ Round Pedestal Dining Table
Round Marble Side Table
Rustic Rectangle Farm Table
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

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Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

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10 Comments

  1. April 18, 2018 / 2:03 am

    We have white sofas that survived a child. Not because we’re neatnicks but because it’s one of those French things–all food was consumed at the dining table or breakfast bar only. No eating on the sofa. Sure, if people came over, we would serve snacks and aperitifs in the living room. But it has been a good rule for avoiding couch-potato snacking, with a side effect of no spills on the sofas.
    That said, our sofas have slipcovers for easy cleaning. Maybe Erin had hers super-scotch-guarded.

    • michele
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 8:22 am

      Same here! We have been living with white forever so the family knew nothing different! I ran a tight ship about food staying in the kitchen as well, and the rule always made sense to me. No shoes either except when entertaining, and this has helped minimize the germs in our home (for many years, with my Crohn’s disease, my immune system was compromised). Thanks for reading, friend. 🙂

      • Connie
        April 18, 2018 / 8:33 am

        We had very light sofas in our LR when our boys were small. Eating in the LR wasn’t allowed either. We still have the same couches (more than 25 years old!) and they still look lovely. I do have them slipcovered now because we have 3 dogs that are a little less easy to ‘control’ than our human babies. 😉

        We too are a shoes off household too which helps immensely with the light carpeting and honestly the entire home throughout. People think white (or very light) is hard to keep clean. I say “if you see the dirt, you clean the dirt”. 😉

        I truly loved seeing this post of such gorgeous rooms! White reigns supreme!

        • michele
          Author
          April 18, 2018 / 9:50 am

          Preach! Thanks for adding to the beauty here, Connie. 🙂

  2. debbie
    April 18, 2018 / 6:44 am

    Such a clever mix isn’t it? So calm, at first you don’t see how much is going on, the beautiful architectural details; fireplace, ceiling, french doors! Touches of gold, a little chrome, rustic wood, rattan, gorgeous layered floor rugs, little bit modern little bit vintage (with my circa 1983 21st birthday dining chairs thrown in for good measure LOL!) lovely.

    • michele
      Author
      April 18, 2018 / 8:14 am

      Beautiful summary of why it works without being overdone, Debbie. Thank you. Peace to you, friend. 🙂

    • Joanna
      April 18, 2018 / 9:50 am

      I couldn’t have described it better. After scrolling through the images several times, studying all that makes this room with it’s modern furniture seem like it has history, I came to the same conclusion. The mix of modern furniture with the architectural details of the room make it feel more livable, less sterile. I’d like to transport those furnishings into my not so modern room. Wouldn’t that be a dream?

      • michele
        Author
        April 18, 2018 / 9:55 am

        Yes! All the texture keeps it from coldness. For some reason, I want to touch the fabrics of all these pieces Erin picked for this living room. The nubby mudcloth pillows, white linen, and silky sheepskin. She has layered rugs in the room too, yet the white keeps everything feeling calm and not busy. 🙂

  3. Natalie
    July 30, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    By any chance would you know where the wood console table is from?

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