Amidst the 30% Off craze, I've got a special treat for you today. A home tour that is the perfect combination of beach meets glam decor, and it belongs to none other than Madison of Minimal Major. Madison and I have almost met numerous times, as we share quite a few of the same friends, but it wasn't until my Gray Malin at The Beverly Hills Hotel series release event that we finally had the chance to connect. Madison let me know that she already had a few small framed prints of mine as well as two larger pieces, all beach aerials of Hawaii, but that she really felt drawn to the new Beverly Hills series.
It turns out that she grew up in Hawaii but had been in Los Angeles for quite a while, so I loved the idea of adding a bit of Hollywood Glam to her abode. Let's head over to see how she styled it all as well as get to know the lovely lady a bit more...
Hi! I’m Madison – I moved to Los Angeles from Honolulu in 2007. There’s just something about LA that feels like home! I live in a neighborhood called Hancock Park with my boyfriend, Sonny and our little pup Oliver Peanut.
I think one of the reasons I love it here so much is because there’s always something happening (that, and the sunshine!). For fun, as of late – I’m living to entertain in our new place! I also love hanging with friends + family, or just taking a drive down the PCH – which sounds like such a cliché, but with some good music, it’s my favorite way to spend a Sunday! Oh! And I’m also in a pasta club with a couple of girlfriends – best decision ever, highly recommend!
Your dog's name is Oliver Peanut?! Too cute! And, a pasta club sounds divine...okay, sorry. Let us resume the tour...
Sure! I’m a freelance TV Producer + Writer – so for the most part, you can catch me on just about every red carpet and live event from the Oscars to the Met Gala. I focus mostly on fashion and pop culture and produce anything from E!’s Red Carpets, to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 360 Show, to Music Festivals.
I also run my blog, Minimal Major which focuses mostly on fashion, travel + coming soon: video! It started as a creative outlet, and has since opened so many doors (like working with Team GM!) and has led me around the world and back. There’s something really rewarding about starting a business and keeping that hustle going!
I launched Minimal Major in 2015. It was something I had wanted to do since graduating college in 2011, but couldn’t find the time, the right name – the excuses were endless! Then, after a few years of producing and writing countless fashion segments on couture trends (Giambattista Valli will always have my heart!), it finally felt like the right time to start my own thing. So I started Minimal Major; a place where I could write about things that were more relatable to me and where I was in life, and take fun photos along the way! And if just one person could find some sort of inspiration in a photo or post, then that’s what it was – and still is – all about!
Very cool! So, when you walk into Madison's home, you are greeted with this lovely living room with high ceilings, warm hardwood floors and of course, lots of artwork. Let's do a twirl to see it all..
Top, 3rd from left The Pink Lounger, Hawaii | Middle, 1st Naxos Island Orange Umbrellas and 3rd Waikiki Beach | Bottom, 3rd from left The Pink Umbrella, Hawaii | Ground, far right Neon Umbrellas, Vertical
I’m obsessed! I was first introduced to GM in 2015. His (now) iconic aerial photography was not only the first of it’s kind, but it was the first type of art that I truly connected with. It’s everything I love in a photograph – the beach (which calls to the island girl in me!), the bright colors (duh), and how each piece takes you on a little getaway (can’t complain!).
My first piece was one of the OGs (I think!) – it was the neon umbrellas in Barcelona from the À La Plage Collection. Overtime, we’ve collected more and more – I can’t stop!
Before we moved into this place, we were living in a corporate complex that was nice, but very cookie-cutter (and small!). It just didn’t feel like home! So the only real requirement for our new place was lots of light, and a homey feeling!
Thankfully, after viewing a ridiculous amount of places in person, we finally found this little gem! The moment we walked in, I just knew! It had the best energy.
It was built in 1928, which I think it SO special and adds such character. Almost everything is original – from the floors to the fireplace. It’s 1500 square feet with 2 bedrooms, a formal dining room, and a sunroom which makes for the perfect office space – or as I like to call it, Min Maj HQ!
I knew we’d be in this place for years to come (LA real estate though!) so I wanted to decorate and get settled right away. I had zero experience decorating so my motto was really trial and error, but I definitely had the vision! I had the best time doing it, and feel like I’ve found a new fav hobby!
You certainly have a knack for it! I absolutely love your royal blue couch and the adorable pink..poof chairs. I'm not sure if that's the technical name for those but we all know what I'm talking about, so let's go with it.
For the piece over the mantel – we knew it had to be Keiki Beach. Most of our GM pieces are of Hawaii, naturally and Keiki Beach is one of our favorite spots back home. Between the blues of the water, and the blacks of the reef (which also happen to pick up our ceiling beams) it was the perfect choice for us. Every time I look at it, I feel so relaxed just thinking about being on the beach back home! And if I look for too long, I often find myself booking a trip home because of it! It’s honestly a win / win!
For the two above the couch, I wanted them to be of California since this is now also home! Coincidentally, some of my Cali favorites happened to be pink which I knew would work well in the room. I was lucky enough to preview The Beverly Hills Hotel Collection when it launched and immediately swooned when I saw this one. There’s nothing like The BHH and it’s such a piece of LA history – it was a no brainer. The Coral Casino was no different – that, and I was a competitive swimmer growing up so give me a pool and I’m there!
Heading into Madison's dining room, we'll see her final GM piece of the tour. I was really happy to learn that she had this particular photograph. I've always felt that the teal green water and surfers gave off a very cool textured feel in it.
The Waikiki Surfers is beyond fitting because we both grew up just minutes up the coast on Oahu, and I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve surfed this same spot! We have the best memories from surfing Waikiki together as teenagers, and to have this hanging in our dining room feels like such a dream. Sometimes I look closely and wonder, ‘wait, is that us?!’.
I’d say so – my personal style is definitely a mix of funky, edgy + a little eclectic. I’m not afraid of a bold print or color – and neither is our furniture! And although I wanted our home to feel warm and inviting, I also wanted it to be fun, bright + creative!
Both of us being from Hawaii, I knew I wanted it to feel kind of tropical and reminiscent of the islands, but in a chic way. Thankfully, Sonny grew up in a pink house so he was totally on board with the pink accents. And obviously no house is complete without Gray Malin on the walls!!
Haha! Have to love a man who doesn't mind pink! Okay, last question..
When you connect with a brand, you just feel it. I believe in everything the GM brand stands for, the happiness it exudes and the memories it brings back!
Just to be doing this home tour with you guys is such a pinch me moment. Literally life highlight!
Awww...that's so sweet to hear! I loved seeing your home and the way you decorated with all of your GM framed prints. Thank you, Madison of @MinimalMajor for sharing with us and as always thank you all for following along... if you're not inspired to take advantage of 30% Off, then I don't know what will do it!