Design house: A laid-back, Mediterranean-style home on Manhattan Beach, California

Keeping to a soft, neutral palette of off-white and pale grey through-out, has given Lauren’s home a relaxed, easy-to-live-with decor that suits her style down to a tee.

The homeowner, a mother or two, went from working in finance, to legal marketing, then had a 'fun few years' with Lululemon Athletica, and most recently, a stay at home mom for the past five years.

We talk to Lauren Meichtry about the design project.

'I have always had a creative side and design has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. From making my own clothes in high school to completely redecorating my college dorm room, I have always felt the need to make things my own,' says Lauren Meichtry, founder of Elsie Home.

'When my daughter was born, I started a baby clothing business. Once my son was born though, I decided to devote all of my time and energy to raising my kids.

When my husband's grandmother was moving into assisted living, my father-in-law gifted me Grandma Elsie's vintage sewing machine. This gift truly shifted my life. I felt compelled to carry on her creative legacy through this machine. It's with this machine I started this business and the rest is history.'

Mediterranean-style home


'We moved from a coastal-style home in Palos Verdes to this Meditteranean-style home in Manhattan Beach. The style was a real departure for me from a design standpoint. I knew I wanted to remove a lot of the weight and darkness in the home while also being careful not to strip its character. I chose to focus more on refining the home rather than completely redesigning it.

It took about nine months to complete, from start to finish. We were fortunate in that the house was vacant while we were in escrow, and the previous owner allowed us access to plan ahead with our contractor. With that, we were able to move in and immediately begin making modifications.

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My favorite room is our front entry living room. The archways with built in shelves and cabinets frame the limestone fireplace so beautifully. Our contractor tried to convince us to rip the mantle out and I just felt strongly that its bold details gave the room a unique character.

Mediterranean-style home

Meditteranean-style home


Mediterranean-style home


Mediterranean-style home

Mediterranean-style home


Mediterranean-style home


Mediterranean-style home

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Mediterranean-style home


Something I learned from Julia Marcum of Chris Loves Julia is not to wait to take on projects, even if that means repainting some cabinets temporarily until you have the budget for the complete renovation. We knew we couldn't take on every project we had in mind from the start, so we prioritised the spaces where we would spend a majority of our time.

I also feel strongly about not following every trend you see on Instagram or Pinterest. You want your home to be timeless and a space you feel most at home. It doesn't matter what other people think as long as you love the final look.'

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Photography/ Public 311 Design

Jennifer Ebert
Deputy Editor (Digital)

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.