Megan is an interior and product designer with more than 16 years of experience in residential, commercial, and hospitality interior design as well as product design –specializing in furniture, finishes, and home accessories. Her career began in San Francisco assisting top interior designers before she moved to Los Angeles to work for Commune, one of the top design firms in the world. For over five years, she pioneered their product department and headed over a dozen of their co-branded product collections. She has since moved back to her hometown of San Diego to continue to build her business which continues to focus on high end interior and product design.
La Playa Project
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TagsDesign = Connection, Education, BalanceDiscipline Architecture, Craft, Furniture, Interior
Interior Designer: MHW (Megan Heacock White)
Architect: G. Coleman
Photographer: Drew McGill
General Contractor: M.C. Brown Construction
The La Playa project is a complete renovation of a 1984 home located in San Diego and built by architect Scott Emsley, a collaborator of the master of “organic architecture”, Kendrick Kellogg.
In this article, MHW shares the design approach for the renovation of the main house, respecting the home’s existing architectural details while modernizing it for a growing family.
To enhance the property’s sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, MHW balanced the unique original architectural details, like the ribbed concrete walls with warm, nurturing walnut and teak woods, custom framed glazing, organic textures, and soft furnishings.
Ivory glazed tiles that MHW designed for Los Angeles based firm, Commune, were used for the ten foot powder room walls.
Carefully sourced slabs of limestone were installed in the kitchen and main bathroom, along with a one-of-a-kind teak tub.
MHW kept all the lighting simple to maintain focus on the organic finishes and blue ocean views.