Megan & Her Home
If you're anything like us, then you all but gobble up photo-heavy home design reads. It therefore comes as no surprise that Boho Beach Bungalow, the blog of interior designer, Megan Martinez, is one we pretty much drool over on a weekly basis. It's the perfect playground for exploring an endless array of color, pattern and texture, and has quickly become our destination for design inspiration and fashion advice.
As a bona fide bohemian at heart, Megan's eclectic-meets-chic California abode is definitely covet-worthy. Fusing bright-colored textiles with modern, clean furniture, she's created a charming oasis adorned with pieces that speak to her laid-back, relaxed style. From a bold rug to her perfectly curated gallery wall and sleek seating options, each corner and crevice in Megan's home is bursting with character—and we can't seem to get enough.
Keep scrolling for tons of free-spirited design inspiration, to discover Megan's go-to shopping spots for affordable décor in LA and to hear her thoughtful advice on creating a living space that's uniquely your own.
Tell us about your space! What was the inspiration behind the design?
I think in a lot of ways, California has inspired me and has influenced the design of our home. Living in LA for six years has slowly seeped into my East Coast roots. It’s hard not to be inspired by the ‘California’ trends: Bohemian vibes, mid-century lines, modern spaces and natural materials. I think the overall effect produces an amazing combination of clean and modern spaces with a bohemian influence, making the design feel lived-in rather than staged.
Designers like Emily Henderson and Amber Lewis have definitely inspired me, and I love the spaces they create. When designing our house, I ultimately wanted to create a stylish yet relaxed home, but this goal is always evolving based on my experiences. I just recently went to Iceland and was so inspired by our super simple Nordic Airbnb that right now I’m working on simplifying the design of our home and bringing in a little more ‘zen’ to the space.
We love the boho look of your home! What are three things we can do to achieve a relaxed vibe in our own homes?
I think when we talk about a relaxed vibe we really mean a stylish space that feels lived-in and in keeping with reality. Pay attention to details, add plants and play up texture. While I may not always have a carafe of water on a tray in my dining room, I do always have something on the table like a bowl of lemons or fresh flowers. Paying attention to small details will make your home look effortlessly styled rather than staged.
Layering different elements also helps to create a relaxed vibe, like adding a fur throw or blanket over a chair or sofa. Playing up texture in your pillows (linen, fur, velvet, embroidered, etc.) also makes a space feel more lived-in and relaxed.
I also love plants and fresh flowers. They’re really the final touch in any room and shows that you care about your space. I don’t have a single room without flowers or a plant, be it potted herbs in the kitchen or even just some freshly cut branches from our yard.
What are your favorite resources for art?
These days, there are so many great sites for art. Personally, I love Minted, Tappan Collective for more unique pieces, and Artfully Walls, all at affordable prices. Framebridge is great for printing and framing your worthy Instagram photos. Etsy is also an amazing source for art of all forms, whether it's prints, paintings, wall weavings, wall sculptures, etc.
While I may not always have a carafe of water on a tray in my dining room, I do always have something on the table like a bowl of lemons or fresh flowers. Paying attention to small details will make your home look effortlessly styled rather than staged.
What elements were most important to you when you were looking for a home?
Well, I definitely wanted something with character, so an older house was a plus. We’ve got great details like our archways, inset bookshelves, a great mantle, original hardwood floors, a vintage stove—basically the house just has great bones. The other most important thing for us was having a yard. Living in Southern California, you can really utilize your outdoor space year-round. During colder months, we build fires outside, and when it's warmer we try to eat outside as much as possible. The lemon trees were definitely bonuses, too!
Tell us about your plant care routine. Do you have a watering schedule? Any low maintenance plants you can tell us about?
If you’re going to invest in plants, you have to invest time into taking care of them. I water my plants every Sunday, but only if they need it—some every week and some every two weeks. I’ve learned over the years that under-watering is better than overwatering. It’s also very important to mist your indoor plants pretty much every day if you can. However, even just a few times a week can make a big difference, especially in low humidity climates like SoCal. Cacti are super low maintenance and sometimes only need water every few months, as long as they have bright light. Succulents tend to be hearty as well, and most low light plants tend to be more durable, like snake plants or philodendrons. If your plants aren’t doing well, do your research! There are great resources out there like The Sill that can help you figure out what your plants are missing so you can course correct early on.
Boyfriend jeans, a white tee, a hat and a poncho. In the summer, Birkenstocks, and in the winter, easy slip-on sneakers. I pretty much only wear this necklace no matter what the outfit, a simple ring, and I always have my Shinola watch.
Describe your home's style in three words.
Modern, vintage, boho.
I’m a firm believer that your style should be an expression of yourself, and if you’re drawn to seemingly disparate styles, take a chance. Your style doesn’t have to fit any mold, but rather should give off a personalized tone.
What are your strategies for maintaining a stylish home with a dog living in the house?
Go for durability! We adopted Dakota after we had already bought our white sofas, but if I could change that, I would have gone for a darker sofa. Velvet is a really durable fabric, but even a high-quality linen in a color that won’t show too much fur would work great, too. We chose a sisal rug for our dining room that holds up to lots of face scratching, and other styles like a high pile rug that doesn’t show too much shedding. We also have a Roomba that we run every day that picks up most of the fur and keeps the house pretty clean on a daily basis.
Your idea of the perfect date night?
I’m a huge foodie, so for me anything involving stellar food and drinks is right up my alley. I’d love cocktails from The Tasting Kitchen, dinner at a new restaurant (I like to check the Eater heatmap list for ideas), and to finish the night off with a concert or drinks at a rooftop bar—something outside to take advantage of our amazing weather!
Stripes or polka dots?
What’s one piece of advice you would give to new homeowners or renters looking to give their spaces a unique, collected-over-time look?
Well, this may seem obvious, but be patient! It takes time to create a space that really showcases your personality. Make sure you figure out your style, too. Look to your closet, existing pieces, magazines, Pinterest, etc. and take note of what you like. If you can define your style and what you’re drawn to (blue, wood tones, mid-century, boho, etc.), then you’ll have an easier time when it comes to making decisions.
My biggest tip is to make sure you think outside the box when it comes to your sources. The last thing you want to do is decorate your space all from one or two stores. Branching out will give your space a more collected look. Flea markets are my favorite place to find unique pieces, but Craigslist is also a great source. If you know you’re looking for something in particular like a coffee table, take the time to go through all the Craigslist listings in your area once and then check back every couple of days to see new listings. I go out of my way to find local artisans as well. I’d much rather find that perfect pot holder or tea towel that's handmade and unique or limited-edition. These days, there’s a huge movement to support local artisans. Even stores like West Elm are using their resources to help feature local designers, so take advantage of unique, limited-edition or pop-ups at some of these bigger places.
Also, don’t be afraid to mix styles. I’m a firm believer that your style should be an expression of yourself, and if you’re drawn to seemingly disparate styles, take a chance. Your style doesn’t have to fit any mold, but rather should give off a personalized tone. Contrast is a key element of decorating, so yes, that Victorian chair can absolutely work with your modern credenza—especially if you love them. Choosing pieces that you really love will definitely make your space feel unique.
Top guilty pleasures: Go!
Tiny baskets, bagels, plants, matcha lattes, gin and tonics, Emily Henderson’s Styled, peonies, shopping on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Broad City and traveling.
Take us through your daily beauty routine. What are your favorite morning and nighttime products?
I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to beauty and I like more of a natural look. I also have sensitive skin, so I try to be careful about what products I’m using. I always wash my face morning and night with Cetaphil. In the morning, I moisturize first and always use under eye concealer with SPF. Then I use a primer to conceal pores and blur. After that, I typically use bareMinerals face powder (with SPF), NARS blush and Benefit highlighter. If I wear eye makeup, it’s usually out of my Urban Decay Naked3 palette, and Make Up For Ever mascara. I finish it off with Ilia’s tinted lip conditioner in 'Shellshock'—it’s the perfect blend of moisturizing and tint. If I’m in a hurry, I pare that down to tinted moisturizer with SPF and a solid blush that I can also use on my eyes if I need a little color.
At night, I use Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye cream. In California, the weather sometimes dries out my skin, so if I have any dry spots I use the avocado eye cream (who says you can only use it on your eyes?!) that’s super moisturizing. I also always use this chamomile and grapefruit lip butter—it’s amazing!
Favorite breakfast for hectic mornings?
Avocado toast. I like Gwyneth Paltrow’s version that uses veganaise and is topped off with Maldon sea salt and chili flakes. On the weekends, when I have more time, I love to put a fried egg on it.
What’s the best way to end your day?
A glass of wine, cooking a great meal at home and a long walk with Dakota and my boyfriend.
Living in Southern California, you can really utilize your outdoor space year-round. During colder months we build fires outside, and when it's warmer we try to eat outside as much as possible.
Sofa // Rug // Tea lights // Credenza // Monstera leaves // Brass lamp // Pendant light // Rug // Chairs // Pink swimsuit print // Sand dunes print // Abstract mask print // Building print // Flowers print // LA gold map // Brass knobs // Leather drawer pulls // Gold bowl // Bed // Wall hanging // Nightstands (similar) // Wall sconces // Gold light bulbs // Duvet // Sheets // Rug // Pillow // Rattan chair // Desk // Circles abstract art // Teepee // Skirt // Shoes (different color)