I’m now agonizing over white paint colors for our kitchen at the new place. I will be sampling Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace and White Dove because they typically play nice. White Dove has served us well in the past, but I need to see if it reads too warm as sunlight streams in. Chantilly Lace is a brighter white that works well for modern interiors, and that brings us to Erin Fetherston’s West Hollywood home. We have swooned over glimpses of it before, and these white interiors in fashion designer Erin Fetherston’s charming 1923 house feel ethereal. A Designer’s Midcentury Modern Living Room Painted Chantilly Lace points us to a white on white scheme that is certainly not for everyone. You’ll also score ideas to shop the look.
Photography: Joe Schmelzer and Alex Reid/One King’s Lane
Midcentury Modern Living Room Painted Chantilly Lace
Even though Erin’s home was refreshed with more color recently, we’ll tour an earlier version and discover furnishings and home decor she chose from One King’s Lane.
California Modern Country Living Room
Located in West Hollywood’s gorgeous Sunset Park neighborhood (sometimes described as a neighborhood within a neighborhood), we’ll tour this pretty home’s neutral living room.
The interiors here are a mix of Mid-Century Modern, Modern Country, 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?”
Midcentury With Organic & Modern Rustic Style
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 decidedly retro moments such as the 1970’s Karl Springer table, but Fetherston and Reid have added contemporary photography for balance.
What is the White Paint Color?
Also, most of the furnishings are by Erin Fetherston x Fragments Identity.
White on White Decor Scheme
When this living room was designed, Fetherston was expecting their first child, so it would be interesting to know whether the all white scheme created new challenges with the young family!
In my own home, living with white was never a problem even with messy chapters of childhood. You simply see the mess immediately and attend to it rather than allow it to become worse!
Living with white doesn’t mean you stop entertaining or treat your interiors like a museum; life and mud do happen.
You simply don’t ignore it.
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.”
Symmetry in a Fresh Organic Living Room With White
Notice all the symmetry in this room (below)?
As if the color palette and cloud-like textures weren’t enough, symmetry calms the senses further.
Modern Rustic Bar Cart Vignette
Is it a bar cart? Small console? Accent table which could double as a bedside table?
I love investing in such pieces that can live many lives over the years in multiple rooms.
More Chic White Organic Interiors to Inspire
Even though this story is about the living room, I can’t help myself and must also reference the inviting breakfast nook!
The Marcel Breuer chairs placed with the Saarinen table (below) have a special place in my heart since they were the first kitchen chairs purchased for my first apartment at age 18.
Those chairs were super comfortable! I love how they work with the organic and dramatic rattan pendant. My own breakfast nook needs to be cozied up big time. Because of the angular bay (I guess it’s a turret – it is three levels of those angles!), it doesn’t feel inviting to me at all.
But this does! What do you think about the way vintage and modern are mixed in this space?
All White & Neutrals: Get the Look
Speaking of white linen…did you know that a small business I have regularly lifted up over the years (they create linen decor and clothing) blew up in popularity when Meghan Markle wore one of their dresses I frequently spotlighted??
Yep! Magic Linen’s Toscana dress:
Shop the Look
The Living Room Evolved!
See the living room with its new look (“modern organic”) here:
Modern Farmhouse Decor & White on White
If bold color is more your jam, don’t miss THIS!!!
Peace to you right where you are.
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