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Designer Erin Fetherston Gives Us a Tour of Her New Los Angeles Home

We shared a glimpse of designer Erin Fetherston’s Los Angeles backyard—comprised of a lush garden and modernist pool—when we featured her baby shower on Rip & Tan last summer, but the interior of her glamorous, pared-down home demands to be seen as well. Layered with soft neutrals in natural fabrics with sculptural elements scattered throughout, the ’20s-era West Hollywood residence is chic and stylish, just like Erin, but also effortless too. In addition to having a toddler, Erin and her husband Gabe Saporta are big entertainers so they wanted to create a space that was pristine and beautiful while still being welcoming at the same time. 

While Erin generously gave us a tour of her space, we caught up with her on her transition to Los Angeles and motherhood, as well as the latest on her cult-loved line. Erin recently launched her first Home collection—a collaboration with Fragments Identity—and is exploring a pared down, minimalist side of feminine aesthetic in her ready-to-wear collections. See the photos and read our Q&A with the talented beauty, below. XXJKE

Rip & Tan: Tell us about your decision to come back to California, after years spent living in Paris and New York. What brought you back?

Erin Fetherston: I always had a feeling I would return to the West Coast when the time came to start our family.  When we discovered I was pregnant, we decided to make the move so we could have our baby in Los Angeles and be closer to my family in California. I’m so happy we did. We love our new life here in LA.

Rip & Tan: What drew you to your home and/or the neighborhood?

EF: After years of living in Manhattan, we weren’t ready to completely give up city dwelling.  We chose West Hollywood because it still has the feel of being in the mix, but our home in the historic Sunset Square district is like its own little oasis. 

Rip & Tan: What is your favorite room or corner in the house? Why do you love spending time there?

EF: We have an informal living room/dining room set up on our terrace and that seems to be everyone’s favorite place to hang out—especially mine. It’s a great space for entertaining and relaxing.  

Rip & Tan: Tell us about the interior décor. How would you describe it and how does it differ from your New York or Paris style?

EF: I kept a family friendly focus when I was designing the interior of this house. I wanted it to feel bright, airy, and inviting. Like my other homes, I stayed with a neutral color palette of white, gray, and oatmeal, but for this house I really gravitated towards hearty, organic textiles like mudcloth, linen, and robust textures like Berber rugs.  There is a relaxed ambiance here with bohemian undertones that feels really well suited to our new family life. 

Rip & Tan: How do you tend to entertain in this house? Who comes over and what do you do? What do you serve?

EF: We love entertaining at home!  The indoor/outdoor flow of the house makes hosting really fun and easy.  We do a lot of al fresco dinner parties in warmer weather.  I love to cook so I’ll usually serve a medley of vegetables alongside oven-roasted fish like wild salmon or halibut.

Rip & Tan: How has your brand grown and evolved over the years? Where are you now, aesthetically speaking?

EF: I think the aesthetic has come to be a unique, refined take on nouveau bohemian style.

While my style has always been hyper-feminine, my recent collections convey a sense minimalism and simplicity through airy fabrics and relaxed silhouettes.

Rip & Tan: Tell us about your beautiful home collection. How did this come about and do you see Home as being a permanent component of the brand?

EF: I’ve always loved interior design and had dreamt of doing a home collection for many years. The home collection came to fruition quite serendipitously as I was in the process of furnishing our new house and had commissioned some custom pieces from Tammy Price of Fragments Identity. What started as a personal project blossomed into our home collaboration; a collection of upholstered goods, textiles, and home accessories.

Rip & Tan: What milestones in your career are you most proud of and what do you still hope to accomplish?

EF: This year I celebrated my ten-year anniversary of showing at New York Fashion Week.  It’s hard to believe I’ve had my brand for over a decade because I still feel like I’m just getting started.  At this point in my career, I’m most interested in exploring new ways of doing things.  I’m personally tired of the traditional season-based fashion calendar and retail model.  My focus is on creating pieces that have both year-round and life-long relevance. 

Rip & Tan: What is your day-to-day like as a designer? How do you find balance between work, friends, family, and self-care?

EF: I love spending time with my son first thing in the morning.  I take him in our swimming pool or go for a long walk before I jump into my workday. As he is still so young, I try to keep my working hours contained from 9am-3pm (which is not always possible) but I have found that motherhood has brought me to new heights in efficiency and productivity. I try to combine self-care with my social life as much as possible.  That could mean going on hikes with a girlfriend or on a spa date with my husband.

Rip & Tan: What one piece in your current or upcoming collection are you most in love with and why?

EF: There are some really amazing tailored pieces in my current collection that have me really excited, especially because I’m usually more of a dress girl. This jumpsuit has become a go-to. 

Rip & Tan: Has your style changed since you moved to Los Angeles? Or since you became a mother? If so, how?

EF: Definitely! There is a component of both practicality and functionality that has to be considered. V-necks have become a must as I’m still nursing my son and I’ve definitely shifted towards machine-washable fabrics. Overall, my clothes have taken on a much more relaxed feel.

Rip & Tan: What are some of your style essentials these days? What pieces can you not stop wearing?

EF: I definitely gravitate towards flowing silhouettes and maxi dresses.   Or V-neck blouses with jeans.  This blouse has become a go-to for me. 

Rip & Tan: What are your beauty essentials? Why do they work for you?

EF: I’m very selective about beauty products and am always looking for new organic options.

My daily essentials are the Shiva Rose Glow Face Balm, along with Kjaer Weis foundation and cheek stain, and Beauty Counter lip gloss. 

Rip & Tan: What beauty or wellness ritual do you cherish?

EF: I really just cherish the basics—a good night’s sleep and a long shower feel indulgent when you are a new mom.

Rip & Tan: How do you stay healthy? Do you have any food, exercise, or mindfulness practices you subscribe to?

EF: I follow a plant-based diet and I eat according to the principles of food combining. I am also a hydro-colon cleansing enthusiast. I really believe that health equals beauty; when your internal system is clean and vibrant, you don’t need to do much else.

 

Photos: Nicki Sebastian