Los Angeles based interior designer Erick Garcia (Maison Trouvaille) is a favorite of top creatives and influencers in the fashion and beauty world. Having started his own firm two years ago, his clients include Julie Sarinana, Chriselle Lim, Jen Atkin, Marianna Hewitt, among many others.
Since all of us are spending most of our time indoors, we asked Erick to share his tips on working from home and of course, creating that perfect Instagram moment.
What is inspiring you lately?
Erick Garcia: Going through interiors and architecture books I bought and never had the chance to read. Watching NOWNESS episodes on YouTube – they showcase inspiring and unique personalities and artists in categories from interiors, fashion, music, and photography from all over the world that you might otherwise not see in mainstream outlets.
You have worked with some very stylish clients, does fashion have any influence on what you do?
EG: Fashion has always been an inspiration. I received my fashion design degree before transitioning into interiors. After working in the fashion industry for a few years, I realized it wasn’t what I expected it to be. I then studied interior design in London and realized how much fabrics, textures, and colors impacted my design. Fashion’s evolving textile and color trends influence some of the materials our clients and I select for our projects. Last year, Sherpa was a big fashion story and it translated into a variety of furniture pieces – armchairs, benches, and pillows. – Monochromatic nude tones were also a big trend that influenced us in our color schemes.
How important is social media, especially Instagram considered when you design?
EG: From working with social media influencers in the fashion, makeup, and the hair industry, I’ve learned the importance of creating spaces that support their brand identity. Their spaces have to be an extension of their personalities, to capture and communicate what’s unique to each client. Large, beautiful mirrors, often layered, is a good way to create Instagrammable moments.
Since we are spending all our time inside our homes these days, what are some things someone can easily change or update?
EG: Now that I’ve been spending a lot of time at home, I finally got around to doing small projects around the house that I’d been avoiding. The chrome finish handles on my kitchen cabinets were unsightly, so I changed them all to a matte black finish which instantly elevated the entire space. I also changed out the light bulbs in the bathrooms and throughout the house. Finding the correct wattage and type of bulb is so important to the overall mood (I used 40w silver tip bulbs above the bathroom vanities, and now the lighting is soft and magical). Tackling small projects like these will create an impactful change to your home.
Do you have any tips for creating a better working space, especially if you don’t have a home office?
EG: I would recommend working in an area in your home that makes you feel good – a corner of your house with a nice view, good natural light, or ample space to spread out comfortably. Baskets help me keep organized. At the end of Friday, I put all of my work papers, samples, and floorplans into jute baskets, so that it helps separate work and home life. This system helps me enjoy my weekends without seeing all my weekday work life.
What are you currently obsessed with?
EG: I’m currently obsessed with my HD Buttercup Tiburon slipcovered linen sofa. I love its timeless design and how deep and comfortable it is, perfect for watching movies on the Criterion channel, a site full of classic and obscure films. I also love burning my Dark Wood scented candle from Garde Shop. I recently also finished my outdoor dining area which makes me feel like I’m on a tropical vacation. I love Topo Chico’s, Ark Journal, and taking baths to unwind and relax.
Chriselle Lim office
Chriselle Lim residence
Marianna Hewitt residence