The Cabana Project Photo: Jeremy Samuelson
Michaela has always been influenced by the convergence of fashion and design, clean Japanese lines, the creation of harmonious spaces, and the relationships each detail brings forth. Michaela has taken design to an art form; blending old with new, simple with complex, incorporating materials in stunningly unexpected ways. Over the years, she has expanded her vision with her unconventional processes. Inspired by seeing a need for tranquility, Michaela's design philosophy has been formed by the desire to create a synergy between the space and the people that reside within, resulting in a space that reflects the feeling that comes from within her own inner understanding of refinement, design, beauty and symmetry.
The foundation to Michaela's vision is to help balance the two distinct worlds we live in. One is our ever increasing state of technological complexity, the other is our natural state -- a place that many of us move further away from. Our goal is to merge these two worlds, creating a more natural, simplistic environment.
Michaela's minimalist work has been featured in numerous publications including Metropolitan Home, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Sunset, Better Homes and Gardens as well as several books. In addition to the written press, her work has also been featured on both Discovery and HGTV.
San Marino Project | Livingroom: Eclectic vintage rug juxtaposed with modern furnishings. Photo: Michael Garland
Pasadena Project | Cabana Kitchette: Exposed shelving, a narrow trough sink with sliding bamboo cutting boards and an oven on wheels help maximize this cozy kitchette. Photo: David Phelps
Pasadena Project | Cabana Interior: Organic natural cottons and vintage fabrics, vintage Indian silk sheers. Photo: Jeremy Samuelson
Pasadena Project | Cabana Exterior: Steel Swing and Cotton / Silk Fabric Photo: Jeremy Samuelson
Oakmont Club Project | Master Bedroom: Poplar wood table. Photo: Michael Weschler
Hidden Hills Project | Bohemian Salvage Bath: Sustainable design with vintage schoolhouse sink, concrete flooring, industrial shelving and bicycle tire mirrors. Photo: Andrew French
Doheny Estate | Solarium: Washed leather and linen sofas with detailed side pocket zippers (handcrafted by jewelry designer), laser cut pillows, custom steel sofa, back table Photo: Mary E Nichols
Malibu Project | Eco-Minimal Master Bath: Plaster walls and plastered in tub are not only water resistant but also naturally antibacterial and CO2 absorbant. Lime has always been used as a sanitizer as it's known for it's antibacterial properties. Inset teak grid offsets the shower area and allows for drainage. Concrete tiles comprise the floor. Photo: Andy Kitchen
Pasadena Project | Eco-Minimal: A loft sized Bathroom area with custom colored white concrete sunken tub with heated concrete floors cantilever over the tub utilizing the negative space under the flooring, enlarging the tub space while maintaining the visual properties of the tub area. Photo: Andy Kitchen
Metropolian Showcase Project | Minimal Eclectic: In addition to the interior design, we also created a platform poplar bedframe from salvage wood.Vintage linens, recycled textile fabrics, all natural linens, Michaela's laser cut pillows made of recycled leather. Photo: Grey Crawford