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Creating a Boho Mod Loft: Meet Melanie Michaud of Graffiti Beach

Posted: Mar 31 2016

Who: Melanie Michaud, Owner and Founder of Graffiti Beach and her BFF, Maven the Shiba Inu
Photos: Aubrey Westlund of Yes, Dear Studio
Interior Designer: Christy Jaynes
Place: You Are Here Loft in Golden Hill, San Diego CA
Meet Melanie Michaud, the Owner and Founder of Graffiti Beach and find out what inspires her home style!
 
Q: How would you describe your home design style?
A: It has a bohemian flare with a heavy influence of Scandinavian design. I enlisted a good friend of mine, Christy Jaynes, to help decorate my loft which led me to get the calming sanctuary I wanted.
Hello Lovely People
Buy Now: RUG, DOG COLLAR, ELECTRA BIKE

Q: Did you have a precise color palette you worked from?
A: The color palette was inspired by my area rug. I wanted calming colors such as blues and grays with a slightly brighter accent color for contrast which was yellow. Recently I started adding in a pale pink to give my loft a more feminine feel.
Q: Is there a favorite item you have in your loft?
A: It's all in the details. I love all the candles, knick knacks, plants and small eclectic items I have. That's what I think makes it your home and let's your personality shine. 
Buy Now: METALLIC FRAME, HEART DISH, OMBRE CANDLE, NOTEBOOK - in-store only, CERAMIC CANDLE HOLDERS, GEODE WHITE CANDLE, DESK, LAUNDRY BASKET, EAMES STYLE CHAIR, NIKON CAMERA, other knick knacks and frames from TARGET
Q: How did you attempt to design for a smaller area?
A: At first I thought the size was going to be a major challenge for me. However, turns out I am a minimalist at heart. It forced me to go through everything I had and toss what was not needed. It helped me to simplify my life and was a game changer for me. I have everything I need, never lose anything and am enjoying just keeping things neat and tidy!
Q: What was one of your favorite areas to design?
A: Probably my bar cart. It was so fun picking out glassware and the copper pineapple tumbler is one of my favorite pieces in the store right now.
Buy Now: SUNDAY MORNING CANDLE, COCKTAILS ON TAP BOOK, COCKTAILS MATCHES, GLASSWARE, COPPER PINEAPPLE TUMBLER, PINEAPPLE WINE STOPPER and PINEAPPLE COCKTAIL NAPKINS - In-store only, BAR CART

Q: Any last tips for readers that are getting ready to tackle decorating their new home?
A: Keep it simple. Remember you can always add to what you have created and it's actually more fun that way. Start with an inspiration piece and then select a color palette around it. Textures, knick knacks and plants help make your space feel homey so make sure once the big stuff is done, your add in those pieces. Have fun with it and don't take it too seriously!
Other resources: Target, West Elm, Land of Nod, Ikea, Electra Bikes, Cost Plus, The Container Store, Wayfair

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