StyleMama: Meg Joannides – Risk Taker

Meg Joannides left a successful career in New York at Hugo Boss to start her own interior design business in Los Angeles. What would have seemed like a risky move, paid off with features in well-known design magazines and projects for high-end residentials in Dubai and Sun Valley.

Meg at client home she interior designed in Brentwood, California - Photo by Stefan Studer

Home: Hollywood hills, California
Age: 40-something
Children: boy/girl twins (5 years old)

Occupation: Mom/Interior Designer/Entrepreneur
Meg earned a degree in interior design, but instead of focusing on her own design business, she went to work for Ralph Lauren & Hugo Boss. She said those experiences were valuable in that they helped her learn day-to-day business skills.  When the time was right and with some planning, she launched her own high-end residential interior design business, mlk studio.  Her work has been featured in Interiors, Interior Design, and the LA Times.

Meg says that while running her own company can be demanding, she is a mother first. “I take calls on my drive home, but as I near the hill that takes me up to my house, I turn my blackberry off. Sure – there are days when I can’t do that, but  when I get home I do my best to be there for my kids and not respond to emails and calls.”

How does she look so darn good?
Meg isn’t a fitness nut, but she is religious about yoga. She’s been doing it for 16 years and it is a big part of her life, helping her find balance mentally and physically. She says she tries to get in yoga at least 3 times a week and spends at least two days doing an activity with her family like biking, swimming, and hiking. She adds that L.A. forces you to have a healthy lifestyle and as an older mom she wants to make sure she’s not decrepit when her kids are young adults.

What’s she wearing?
White Blouse:  Joie
Necklace: Scoop in New York
Purse:  Prada – She loves the surprise red leather interior as she rarely wears color!
Jeans: J-brand
Boots:  Fiorentini & Baker
Watch: Rolex, Yachtmaster – a gift to self after securing a lucrative interior design project, purchased in London.

Style:
“I favor a more classic look. I have leather jackets from a decade ago and shop at Jill Sander, Diane von Furstenburg, Barney’s, and Planet Blue. At 6 feet tall, I don’t wear heels anymore. I like to be comfortable standing at construction sites or when I’m in the office all day.  I have shedded my NY wardrobe and favor the more relaxed L.A. look. ” – Meg Joannides

Stefan Studer

Stefan Studer is an international photographer who hails from Switzerland and splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. Studer has captured supermodels and icons on camera from Gianfranco Ferre to Oliver Stone. His work has been featured in publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, GQ, W Magazine, German Vogue, Rolling Stone, NY Times, LA Times Magazine, House Beautiful, and House & Garden.

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One Response to StyleMama: Meg Joannides – Risk Taker

  1. Katherine Leonard says:

    Meg represents the Modern day woman to a “T”! I love her effortless style and her ability to make time fer herself (yoga), her family and her business. Brava, Bella!

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