How the Founder of Elsie Home Brings Warmth to her Mediterranean-Style Abode


Lauren Meichtry is aware of a factor or two about residing comfortably. Because the founding father of the artisan pillow line, Elsie Dwelling, she spends her days perfecting the artwork of heat and welcoming dwelling equipment. And when she’s off the clock, she heads to the Manhattan Seashore dwelling that she shares along with her husband and two kids, the place the comfortable, pared-back aesthetic of her model comes absolutely to life. Since transferring into the Santa Barbara type Mediterranean dwelling two years in the past, Lauren has remodeled the area into a spot the place she will be able to faucet into a simple, laid-back mind-set, full with all the comfortable pillows of our desires.

A design lover by commerce, she has spent the previous six years evolving her model to suit her present life-style.  “Through the years my life has developed, and so has my style for design and textiles. I’ve seen firsthand how including just a few lovely pillows to a sofa or a mattress can carry life, heat and luxury to a house. As my household has grown, my style for top of the range, livable and exquisite pillows has grown with it. I do know what it’s wish to have small youngsters and animals residing in your house and the way vital it’s to have items that face up to a canine pile, an epic pillow struggle, or hours of you sitting on them whereas binge watching your favourite present,” she says.

We tapped Lauren for the inspiring story behind her model, the enjoyment of creating one thing from nothing, and the way she created a house that was excellent for her household, design developments apart.

For me, design provokes a sense. I comply with that feeling versus developments.

Scroll on for a full tour of Lauren’s Manhattan Seashore dwelling, and her knowledgeable suggestions for creating an open, inviting dwelling that displays every part you and your loved ones love most in life.

Inform us the story behind Elsie Dwelling — what impressed it?

When my husband’s grandmother, Elsie, was transferring out of her dwelling of 40 years and right into a senior care facility, her classic stitching machine was gifted to me. Whereas I didn’t know find out how to sew, I felt compelled to proceed her artistic legacy. With the assistance of an in depth buddy and the College of YouTube, I realized find out how to sew my first pillow. Quick ahead 5 years and two youngsters later, I used to be a keep at dwelling mother who made pillows to type my dwelling and was craving for a ardour past motherhood. My youngsters had been in class and I discovered myself looking for extra.

Grandma Elsie’s stitching machine helped me discover my ardour and that keenness drove me to begin this enterprise. I launched Elsie Dwelling in October 2019 and I’m humbled by the progress I’ve made on this previous 12 months. I nonetheless run each a part of this enterprise alone (nicely…not the funds. My banker husband is de facto good at that.) I supply the material, handle the manufacturing, deal with the advertising, course of the orders and take care of customer support as nicely. It’s an absolute labor of affection and I take pleasure in each second of it.

Describe your particular Manhattan Seashore dwelling. How did you find yourself right here?

We moved from a Coastal type dwelling in Palos Verdes to this Mediterranean type dwelling in Manhattan Seashore simply over two years in the past. I all the time envisioned myself in a contemporary farmhouse with an abundance of pure mild, vibrant white partitions and white oak cabinetry. This home was not that. Not even shut. Redesigning this home actually helped me flex my design muscle tissue and department out of the type I used to be snug with. Whereas there have been many design selections I wished to alter, I fell in love with the arches all through the house, the excessive ceilings and the marginally moody aesthetic.

What’s your favourite spot in the home?

The entrance entry room is my favourite spot in the home. It’s the room I fell in love with after I first noticed the home. There’s one thing so welcoming concerning the excessive ceilings, the archways and the outsized limestone fire.

You could have such a expertise for creating areas that really feel open and welcoming. What are your suggestions for conserving the design of an area easy?

I actually let go of designing this area for others and designed it to suit our household. I feel folks get caught up in ensuring they’re following design developments and “guidelines”. I’m not an inside designer by commerce, so maybe that labored in my favor right here. Is there much more I might do right here? Completely. The factor is, my husband can be completely satisfied residing in a tent within the mountains. With that, I knew conserving the design comparatively easy would create an area he beloved, and in flip one which we might all love.

What are your favourite design sources?

I’d be mendacity if I stated I didn’t pull a number of inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest. There are such a lot of proficient designers and non-designers who share such considerate areas and I can get misplaced scrolling there for hours. For me, design provokes a sense. I comply with that feeling versus developments. I additionally love searching retailers like Shoppe by Amber Interiors, deKor & Co., and naturally our native flea markets.

What was your design inspiration to your dwelling?

This dwelling was initially constructed as a Santa Barbara type Mediterranean dwelling. I wasn’t loopy concerning the ornate finishes they used but appreciated the arches, moldings, and darker wood flooring. In designing the house, my focus was on stripping away the ornate particulars (suppose swirly rod iron) and total modernizing. I wished an open, practical kitchen, a superb combination of texture all through, and moody paint colours.

Did you will have any design challenges when engaged on this area?

We wished to reconfigure the kitchen island to create extra counter area, though doing so would have meant changing the flooring within the kitchen and eating room which was not within the funds. As a substitute, we put in a range with just a few much less burners and constructed a microwave drawer into the island to have one much less factor on our counters. Whereas it wasn’t the kitchen island of our desires, it’s proved to be practical and match inside our funds.

Fill within the clean: “A well-designed dwelling ought to _______.”

…mirror the folks residing in it – their current, their previous and their future.

Do you will have any suggestions for conserving your house clutter-free? Particularly with youngsters? 

I’m continuously pairing down my child’s toy assortment. Typically instances, having too many toys is overwhelming for youths they usually don’t know which of them to play with, so they only don’t play with them in any respect. Each couple of weeks, we undergo their toys collectively and take a superb quantity to donate. As for the remainder of the home, I prioritized storage when adorning our dwelling, so we’re lucky to have loads of area to place every part. I’m nonetheless tidying all day on a regular basis although!

Do you will have a favourite strategy to loosen up in your house?

Any night time I can order Postmates, have the sofa to myself and binge watch Promoting Sundown is a soothing night time for me.

Who’re your dream home visitors? And, what are you consuming, consuming, listening to?

Whereas I’d like to have somebody particular and extremely attention-grabbing like Diane Keaton, I truthfully simply miss my finest girlfriends. Outdoors of household, my true buddies are a very powerful folks in my life and due to Covid, I’ve not been in a position to see lots of them. I might give something to have my desk surrounded by my finest girlfriends (you all know who you’re). In particular person. A lot hugging. All of the laughter.

We’d be consuming cauliflower mole tacos (my present favourite) and a great deal of grilled greens. Whereas I don’t drink, my husband can be our bartender, making every particular person’s favourite drink. Don’t be fooled although, my lack of consuming doesn’t imply I don’t know find out how to have a superb time! For music, I’d have a playlist comprised of 60’s and 70’s hits (Laurel Canyon playlist, to be particular). Naturally, I’d must throw on some Lizzo later within the night time as a result of it’s not a celebration if Lizzo isn’t taking part in. We’d play Playing cards Towards Humanity and keep up method too late.

Describe your property in 5 phrases or much less:

Comfy. Refuge. Private. Welcoming. Alive.

Identify your 5 favourite spots in LA.

I’ve to confess I don’t get out a lot – though recently that’s not too uncommon for many of us.

1. My favourite restaurant, fingers down is Tempo in Laurel Canyon. Their salmon with sautéed kale is unreal and in the event you depart with out ordering their “not a souffle” cake, you’re lacking out.

2. Some place you will see that me each day is Two Weapons Espresso right here within the South Bay. I’m not kidding after I say my day isn’t full with out an oat milk flat white.

3. The Edit by Freda Salvador and Janessa Leoné – All I would like for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and so forth. are Janessa Leoné hats.

4. Abbot Kinney – I might (and do) spend all day right here searching boutiques and having fun with Gjelina Take Away’s selfmade almond milk lattes. Are you able to inform I like espresso?

5. Pre-Covid, my favourite summer season night time out is an evening on the Hollywood Bowl. I’ve seen a number of reveals there however Harry Connick Jr. has my coronary heart.


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