Erick’s Modern Organic Burbank Mix

published Jul 12, 2015
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Name: Erick Millan
Location: Burbank, California
Size: 650 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Rented

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When Erick hired me to shoot his home for his new interior design portfolio, I immediately wanted to share it as a house tour because it exemplifies how easy it is to bring beautiful organic style to maximize a modest-sized home. It is his first completed design project and it is very, very special.

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Meet Erick Millan! Welcome to his home in Burbank, a 1 bedroom/1 bath, 650 square foot apartment. (Image credit: Bethany Nauert)
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

Erick believes that when you design a home, the most essential thing is that it feels alive and inviting. He has certainly accomplished this in his own home with all the plants and plenty of warm textures. The single most significant thing in his home is his altar, located off the dining room. “It allows me to keep myself grounded and be thankful for,” he says.

As a home that is filled with so many cultural artworks and influences, the apartment feels very authentic in Los Angeles. In terms of how the city has affected his design aesthetic, Erick loves that things are always growing and evolving here. “Within the urban space we are challenged on a daily basis to find the organic within the fabricated and the natural within the industrial. Living in Los Angeles has taught me how to seek out my roots while adding in new elements of the many diverse cultures, voices, and experiences here.”

(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern organic

Inspiration: The natural world/rainforests of South America

Favorite Element: Trees

Biggest Challenge: Learning English and finding the right dining table for my apartment — I spent three months.

What Friends Say: “So simple, unexpected, inspiring. Your spaces are so accessible and inviting. They are healing spaces. It feels very organic.”

Biggest Embarrassment: I can think of many, but my accent always gets me in trouble; I keep pronouncing beach and bitch the same.

Proudest DIY: Goat-hide pillow from shoulder bag

Biggest Indulgence: Reclaimed wood wall paneling

Best Advice: Connect with your heart, your ancestors, and create from there. Go green or go home!

Dream Sources: Bamboo Forests



  • Vertical garden wall (teal color): Dunn Edwards Paints DE5731 Port Hope
  • Living Room (wall with the entrance door): Jeff Lewis Color JLC312 Agave
  • Bedroom (wall with the wolf picture): Jeff Lewis Color JLC210 Bone
  • Rest of the apartment: Dunn Edwards Paints Swiss Coffee in Eggshell Finish
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Indoor plants: Lowe’s
  • Woolly One: Woolly Pockets
  • Oskar armless lounge chair: Room & Board
  • Magazine rag ladder: CB2
  • Sill picture ledges in walnut: Room & Board
  • Acacia wood stool: Asian Art Imports
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Painting: Dao Home
  • Tri-plex floor lamp: CB2
  • Eden convertible sleeper sofa: Room & Board
  • Brass peacock shoehorn: Jonathan Adler
  • Amethyst sphere: Jonathan Adler
  • Brazilian cow rug: Asian Art Imports
  • Curved diamond tile wall planter: West Elm
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Pendant light fixture: West Elm
  • Reclaimed wood mixture wall: Treeline Woodworks
  • Wall arrows: Bend Goods
  • Geodesic bowl: CB2
  • Jax table in yellow: Jory Brigham
  • Bubble spheres in orange: CB2
  • Dowel Side Shell, Dowel Arm Shell, and Dowel Wire Chair: Modernica
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Fresh flowers: the LA Flower Mart
  • Reclaimed wood backsplash: DIY
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • 3-panel room dividers: Asian Arts Imports
  • Kenneth table lamp: West Elm
  • Brass Salvador orb: Jonathan Adler
  • Grey throw- Target
  • Grove bed in walnut: Room & Board
  • Bedding: West Elm
  • Brass Misia orb: Jonathan Adler
  • Blue agate and gold bookends: Jonathan Adler
  • Mid-century side tables: West Elm
  • Mina handwoven pillow cover, Aya Moroccan wedding blanket pillow cover, and Lina Moroccan wedding blanket pillow cover: Pottery Barn
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)


  • Accessories near toilet (basket, the little stone owls, etc): T.J. Maxx
  • Accessories near sink: West Elm
  • Plants: Lowe’s
  • Flowers: LA Flower Market
  • Big storage basket: Target
  • Pebble mat: CB2
(Image credit: Bethany Nauert)

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Thanks, Erick!