Finding Serenity in Los Angeles

Finding Serenity in Los Angeles

Finding Serenity in Los Angeles


Michelle and Steve B., yoga instructor and owner of a travel and homeware company


Living in a high-rise on one of LA's busiest thoroughfares, newlyweds Michelle and Steve needed Homepolish to find some zen for their apartment.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

Los Angeles might not be the first thing that people think of when it comes to peace of mind. Winding highways and byways full of miles of cars. The glitz and glamour of Hollywood. Fast-talking agents and even faster lifestyles. Moving into her husband’s 2-bedroom apartment after they got married, Michelle did her best to mesh their two aesthetics and personalities, introducing some key furniture pieces. But when all was said and done, it still didn’t feel like the respite she wanted. She looked to Homepolish designer Haley Weidenbaum to help put those finishing touches.
Describing their first meet up, Haley says, “Michelle wanted to walk into her space and feel transported to a meditation space.” Oh, did we mention Michelle is a yoga instructor? With that in mind, however, she didn’t want an overwhelming “hippie” or “earthy” vibe. Nix the rooms rife with incense and the sitar music playing in the background. The idea of zen had to come from subtle details and finishes, not from tired cliches. Elephants, a spiritual symbol for the couple, sneak into the design. Walls are hand-painted in calming graphics. And most importantly, Michelle convinced Steve to transform a home office into a meditation room. (Point 1: Michelle.) After all, would you rather work at home or relax? We think the answer is obvious.
Click through the gallery and try not to get design envy. (Because that’s not very zen.)


Michelle was clear on what she wanted, but needed help pulling it all together. It was a perfect collaborative project because she was able to express what she envisioned and I was able to make it a reality.

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Living Room