MADISON MODERN HOME
Home Staging and Interior Design
In today's real estate market, your home needs to be buyer-ready. Fresh, unique and compelling. Styled to move quickly—and at the highest price. You have precious seconds to captivate a prospective buyer—and their experience begins at the curb. Today’s buyer needs to fall in love with your home in the first instant.
Since 2008, we have designed environments to entice buyers and encourage strong offers. No property is too large or small for us to show off its best features and highlight its unique qualities. At Madison Modern Home, we guide each project from beginning to completion with an eye toward exceptional quality and attention to detail. Homes we have styled stay on the market an average of six short weeks. Some have entered escrow within a mere 24 hours of listing. We ensure you'll experience a smooth transition from listed to sold.
Madison Modern Home is a family business, made up of a mother-daughter team
A natural-born interior designer, I have a keen eye for what works in a room, and a knack for sourcing just the right art and accessories to round out an environment. I spent 29 years in graphic design and creative direction.
Equally obsessed with design, I studied interior design at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in Los Angeles. With an additional background in graphic design, I bring my unique artistic vision to each project.
Together, we tackle homes, condos, townhouses and apartments with talent, energy, a fresh perspective and superb client interaction. madisonmodernhome.com
We were instantly smitten with this remodeled Spanish-style 2-level flip in Highland Park. Located in a hipster haven and walking distance from the “Rock ‘n’ Roll 7-Eleven,” La Cuevita and the highly-anticipated Greyhound Bar and Grill, there is no shortage of local establishments to frequent.
The bright orange painted mullioned glass door commands attention with an instant graphic punch.
We loved how the staircase provided the visual interest above the couch. No art necessary! On the opposite wall, thrifted baskets create the focal point. With no space for side tables, an oil-rubbed bronze apothecary floor lamp solves this common design dilemma while adding an industrial element to this cozy space.
A white shag rug provides contrast and lightens up the dark hardwood floors. A dark Room and Board-style sofa gives a grown-up vibe to an otherwise playful room. A vintage neon basket unifies the colors used in the space.
Our color scheme for the living room was inspired by the bright aquas of the vibrantly tiled hearth. The MCM lines of the IKEA Strandmon chair are a welcome antidote to the linear fireplace and other rectangular elements of the room.
We kept the styling of the kitchen simple to parallel its modern lines; Repetition was key to accomplish this look. The rusticity of these industrial swivel barstools complement the kitchen’s sleek finishes.
A hodgepodge assortment of Eames molded dining chairs and IKEA Tobias chair infuse this dining room with an eclectic collected look. A Greek key rug adds a touch of Regency Chic to the mix. The nature study prints (actually wrapping paper, believe it or not!), are from Baller Art in Silver Lake. For $5 each, they’ve got to be the least expensive art this size we’ve devised thus far!
Layered bedding creates coziness on a minimal IKEA Malm bed. Matching white ceramic lamps lend a touch of sophistication to this master bedroom. The colors of this kilim rug tie in the colors of the room’s various fabrics.
A vintage white four-poster bed is a a sweet addition to this petite bedroom. A Thonet chair with a flokati seat finishes out this corner.
A coral and white striped rug brightens the room and sets the stage for the room’s color palette. An IKEA Tobias chair provides desk seating while taking up no visual space in this small office.
We filled out this artist studio with the homeowners’ vintage wooden drafting table and industrial Herman Miller swivel stool. We added a jute rug and sketches to complete the look.
Every now and then we get to work on a property as undeniably cool as this mid-century modern home perched above the ocean in the Pacific Palisades. With floor-to-ceiling windows—and, hello! views!—abound, we were already smitten. As soon as we set eyes on the sleek, understated finishes of the home, we were eager to play with furniture and décor that would look incredibly “Mad Men” with the architectural bones of the house. We were dying to work with the home-owner’s original art pieces and vintage Scandinavian sofa, which we were pining over.
The subtle tribal patterns of the pillows on this über-MCM sofa mix up the look for an eclectic feel.
High-contrast books on the coffee table add a touch of sophistication without fail. Seeded glass and weathered branch details are a nod to the coastal locale without being too literal.
To give the office a lived-in feel, we styled a leaning bookcase with statement books and worldly accessories. A ghost chair adds plenty of style without taking up any visual space in this small room.
In the family room, we warmed up the cool tones and metallic finishes of the room with a plush Thom Filicia shag rug we snagged at a steal from—can you believe it?—Home Goods, for a fraction of the original price.
Simplicity was the key in styling this built-in bar, neatly tucked into a corner neighboring the kitchen. We corralled the bar necessities with a round woven basket and kept the rest of the accessories unified in glass for an uninterrupted look. A Manzanita branch adds a touch of drama to an otherwise understated area.
A vintage bust on a stand adds a touch of antiquity to this modern dining space.
The low profile of this platform bed begged for the height and presence of this pair of frosted, fluted lamps. We brightened up the white palette of this room with coral and aqua bedding, colors reminiscent of Palm Beach decor.
A polished chrome Arco lamp and cowhide upholstered seat infuse the otherwise feminine room with masculine energy.
The built-ins of this baby’s room called for fresh blues and crisp white boxes to pop off the warm wood tones.
A black-and-white cowhide rug grounds the room and wakes up the pastel palette.
Sunset Junction is just about the best location on earth. A hipster Disneyland, if you will. I mean, Intelligentsia, Naturewell, Art Craft & Vintage Flea Market, Pop Physique, Sunset Triangle (featuring a farmer’s market and outdoor movie screenings), Millie’s, Lark Cake Shop ( I could go on forever) ALL within walking distance?! The awesomeness is just absurd. We were super excited to stage a duplex on Maltman Ave (by the 99 cents store!). With a huge patio overlooking Sunset Blvd, a completely remodeled interior and eco-friendly xeriscaping all around the property, we went with hipster-MCM all over.
A kilim-style rug always sets a great foundation for minimalist pieces. Some hardcovers we picked up at Alias Books East top the bench-turned-coffee table.
Who says you have to wait until fall for decorative gourd season? We balanced ours on a root table.
A mid-c dining table surrounded by vintage meeting chairs found at a favorite thrift source (Disabled Veterans on San Fernando). The Dalfred stools by the island are a favorite IKEA product. They’re so versatile!
Two French doors enclose a sunny office overlooking the heart of Silver Lake.
See that awesome chair right there? Yeah, the amazing peacock one? It was thrifted. The table was an IKEA as-is steal.
A 70s woven throw was also found during a Madison Modern Home thrifting adventure.
A red, white and blue color scheme in the oh-so-cute kid’s room. Complete with elephant head.
The giant patio has enough space for THREE parties! A horizontal slat fence provides some privacy, while retaining a gorgeous view of the hills. We used a sectional deck set and an al fresco dining area.
We recently completed a photo gallery wall installation for a client’s living room, and we decided to showcase the process as a tutorial. It’s a lot easier than you might think!
Below is the wall in question before the transformation. Blank, tan colored, and just dying for some personalization.
Our clients have three lovely daughters and a whole raft of family photos already framed in tasteful frames. They just didn’t know how to display them creatively. Enter Madison Modern Home and a display solution!
Materials you will need for this DIY:
Step One: Measure out the wall space you want to cover. We measured a 10’ wide by 6’ tall area behind this floating sofa.
Step Two: Make sure you have enough framed photos and art to fill the space, with varying distances between the frames, ranging from 3-6 inches.
Step Three: Measure a piece of kraft paper in your total desired size (We pieced together two sheets to make a piece that was large enough.)
Step Four: With your kraft paper laid out on the floor, start to arrange your art. We used a rectangular grid, where each frame is positioned at the outer edges of the paper. This way, your gallery wall has a coordinated, designed look. With this system, you have more “play” in terms of the spacing between your frames within a rectangular grid.
Step Five: At this point, play around with layout on the paper until you have just the right balance of frame sizes, orientations, colors and subject matter variety,. It works best if your art is an eclectic mix of B&W and color photography, nature scenes and drawings. Be sure to vary the distances between frames in a pleasing way.
Step Six: Once you’re happy with your layout, take a photo for reference.
Step Seven: Trace around each frame with a pencil. Measure to determine your center point along the top edge and make a mark there. Then turn the frame over and measure the distance between the top and your hanging hardware, and make an X-mark on the kraft paper where the nail should go.
Step Eight: Make a note on the kraft paper with a description of the art. In this case, “moody bicycle rider.” You will need to refer to this later in the process.
Step Nine: Tape your kraft paper template to the wall in the area you want to cover, making sure to measure a level distance from the floor to the top of the paper on each end and the middle (take at least three measurements along the paper to be certain).
Step 10: Now you’re ready to hammer in your nails with confidence. Just nail right through the kraft paper.
Step 11: Carefully remove the kraft paper from the wall, gently pulling it through each nail. Keep the paper intact and set it aside. Reference which art goes where by reading your descriptions (“moody bicycle rider”). Hang your art. Voila!
Historic Filipinotown is a neighborhood on the cusp of a major hipster overhaul. Just north of Echo Park, “Hi-Fi” is an obvious progression on the path of LA flippage. We had the joy of outfitting this supercute corner-lot home with a minimalist 70s vibe.
Thrift store embroidery art, shag rug and a MCM floor lamp are just neutral enough for the 70s chevron throw to shine.
The spartan white walls needed some grounding, so we painted a cafe table matte black. African plateau baskets create a fluid motion above the table and chairs, drawing the eye back and forth between the living and dining areas.
Have a tiny nook you’re not sure what to do with? Add an Eames chair, a pedestal side-table, a healthy succulent and BAM, you’re done (bonus points for a slightly creepy owl print).
We still can’t get over the re-release of the Strandmon wing chair from IKEA. It’s small-scale but you’d never even know from the looks of it! A Jonathan Adler-esque lamp sits atop its perfect foil — a rusty, vintage stool.
Plants make a house feel like a home. We recommend succulents for those with brown thumbs like us (Although we’re trying).
We got the vintage brass sailboat at Pepe’s Vintage in Silver Lake.
Graphic throw pillows and a pin-tuck duvet from Cynthia Rowley. Can you believe those side tables came from HomeGoods?!
A tiny patio off the master suite cried out for some casual summertime seating. The orange banding ties into the gorgeous shade on the house behind it.
e've always had a soft spot in our hearts for the community of Atwater, CA. A pocket neighborhood of Los Angeles that captures the best that LA has to offer: small, neighborhood businesses in a Village atmosphere and
friendly walkable streets filled with young families pushing strollers on their way to the Farmer's Market every Sunday.
We had the pleasure of recently staging a couple of rooms in an Atwater home that was redone to perfection. The investors opened up a series of rabbit warren rooms to one big open floor plan to great effect.
Room and Board’s Jasper Studio Sofa grounds the room and adds a note of sophistication. We paired it with two Bertoia side chairs, a white shag rug and a vintage Mid Century modern cocktail table. Original art by Jeremy Kennedy (on right) and Gina Kelly.
We found the small black Mid Century modern side table at Pepe’s on Sunset and sourced the vintage lamp at a thrift store in Pensacola, FL.
An original art piece by Jeremy Kennedy over a vintage credenza.
A kilim pillow on a Bertoia side chair.
Jeremy Kennedy’s art
Open concept floor plan with the kitchen in the middle
We love built-ins (not just because we love to stage them!) but because they offer so many great storage opportunities. OK, we mainly just love to stage them.
A glimpse into the dining room. We chose industrial style counter height bar stools because the modern kitchen needed a little earthy edge.
Another Jeremy Kennedy original on the left and a vintage French movie poster. We paired dark navy Tolix chairs with one red chair around an IKEA DOCKSTA table.
A couple of annoying detail shots. Bear with us, folks…
hether you spell it Angeleno Heights or Angelino Heights, the consensus is in. It is an awesome neighborhood. With a quick walk to all that Sunset Blvd. in Echo Park has to offer and killer views of DTLA, this is as good as it gets in Eastside LA. We had the pleasure of staging the top floor of a 1905 duplex on Edgeware Road today. Check it out…
We brought in a low sofa in a graphite tone and paired it with a fluffy flokati rug, Rachel made the ottoman out of a Mexican blanket, a plank of wood, a piece of foam and Mid Century table legs.
An Eames shell chair and small red pedestal table fill a corner. A bright needlepoint pillow pulls out the greens and oranges that we sprinkled throughout the home. We sourced the turquoise desk lamp from LA Resale Co.
Tabletop vignettes feature some of our favorite books and an amazing bowl we found at a thrift source.
We used an IKEA STRANDMON wing chair in blue velvet for a corner of the living room. A kilim pillow found on eBay and a sheepskin throw add a dash of color. A vintage pink side table serves the chair, and a B&W silkscreen of skeletons dancing edges up the wing chair a bit.
We found the vintage coffee table for $20 at Berda Paradise, a favorite Silverlake source.
A vintage arc lamp we found at Pepe’s Furniture in Echo Park shines overhead and adds a curvy element to the room. We love all the windows and the abundance of light in this space
We outfitted a hallway corner with a Saarinen style tulip chair and a small rug we sourced at IKEA. The silkscreen art was found at a neighbor’s garage sale.
The dining room just screamed for a round table, which we fashioned out of an IKEA DOCKSTA painted with chalkboard paint. We paired it with a set of vintage bentwood chairs we found on craigslist.
World Market yellow chevron napkins and simple white plates for the tabletop.
We styled the built-in china cabinet with colorful Fiestaware.
We love the bentwood chairs and the fact that they’re a turn-of-the-century match to the home.
A small bedroom became an office with the addition of a MELLTORP table from IKEA, a vintage swivel desk chair and a kilim rug. The orange lamp is a vintage find and the wall clock is circa 1980s, from eBay.
We put a cute kitchen cart into an unused corner and hung framed vintage fruit crate labels above it.
In this bedroom you get a needlepoint owl to watch over you while you sleep and a Jonathan Adler style lamp on a vintage table.
A large deck off the kitchen features a picnic table and Tolix chairs that we painted with Valspar’s Mint Gala for this project.
e just finished staging an elegant family home located on a wide street up in the hills of Glendale. It’s located high above Chevy Chase canyon, overlooking a valley called Emerald Isle. Built in 1969, with much of its original detail intact, we decided to stage it in a Mid Century modern meets Hollywood Regency style — with some traditional details added to capture the heart of the home’s potential buyer.
Enter through the awesome double front doors and take a look around with us. We styled the entry with a narrow console table and a circular mirror.
The white carpet and walls proved to be an ideal canvas for us to bring in a burnt orange sofa with modern lines. We tricked it out with some flokati pillows, of course. An orange knitted pouf repeats the persimmon scheme, while framed abstract art and blue accessories balance the palette.
A Barcelona-style glass topped cocktail table with an X-base gleams in the center of the room.
We squared off the sofa with two graphite slipper chairs and placed a hand-carved low Indian table between them.
A curvy red lamp with Jonathan Adler lines sits atop a Moroccan tray table.
A 1970s side table hosts a blue glass vase collection.
A view into the other side of the living room, and a reflection in a vintage brass apple. Even the tones of the book covers tie into our overall color scheme.
We placed two chocolate brown wing back chairs in a corner of the living room, pointed toward the view. A chevron pillow ties all the room’s colors together and a sunburst mirror is all we needed on the wall.
The dining room takes a more traditional turn, as dark gray linen slip covered chairs pull up to a turned-leg dining table.
To tie into the B&W art on the walls, we tossed a boldly graphic striped throw over one of the chairs.
Keeping with our B&W theme, the tabletop shares this high-contrast look.
A sunroom off the dining room is treated to a neutral color scheme with some earthy accents, in the form of a Moroccan pattern flatweave rug angled over a jute rug. A zebra pillow and an African basket complete the globally influenced look.
In the master bedroom, a soothing mix of taupe, gray and B&W, with a faux fur bedspread for luxury.
We chose high contrast B&W nightstands to add a punch to this restful retreat.
ake one updated traditional family home. Add a heaping tablespoon of green, some fresh orange and pops of B&W. What do you get? You get the home we just staged in Glendale, CA’s Chevy Chase Estates neighborhood. A leafy canyon drive leads you to this charming spot, featured here. Once inside the home, its cottage charm, diamond mullion windows, original wood built-ins and three fireplaces (even one in the kitchen!) will have you wrapped around its little finger.
We styled the home with a freshened farmhouse palette of Spring greens, with some earthy, industrial elements thrown in. First off, the living room receives a jolt of pattern in the form of a B&W chevron rug to wake things up. (All photography by Michael Hillman).
What could be more perfect than a green glass vase with a flowering Spring branch inside? Orange appears in the book cover on the coffee tabletop to tie into other orange elements throughout the room.
An off-white sofa floats in the center, allowing for great traffic flow, while a Moroccan shaped side table throws the room a curve.
We styled a small vintage buffet with more green and orange accents, toughened up a bit with natural elements, like a nature-bleached Manzanita branch. A slightly 1950s-shaped lamp with a burlap shade offers contrasting man-made curviness.
We placed a linen wing back chair in the bay window to highlight the diamond mullions and to create a cozy moment for relaxing with a book. An orange throw over the arm of the chair injects a little more color, while a green table lamp ties it all together.
A small gallery wall with neutral toned art.
A small library off the living room features an original stained glass window (c.1951, the age of the home) and built-in shelving that wraps around a corner. Another fireplace adds so much charm to this multi-use space. We styled the room with a modern wing back chair in a wide-wale mustard-tone corduroy to tie into the yellow window. A transitional tripod floor lamp bridges old and new.
We repeated the B&W from the living room on the floor. This time, a Moroccan tile pattern rug, which enlarges the room visually with its large scale pattern.
Every detail counts when you’re styling a room, so we approached the built-ins with an eye to creating a collected, curated look.
We think it’s pretty cool that even the smallest of cues (a few pencils in a cup) can “suggest” that this room’s other use could be as an office.
The stars of this kitchen turned out to be the three awesome industrial barstools we found at World Market. We love how they can swivel up to either counter- or bar-height, and the fact that they only look expensive!
A vintage round pedestal table with IKEA’s KAUSTBY chairs pulled up helps define this eat-in kitchen. Neutral tones prevail in our accessorizing, punctuated by sea glass blues and greens in the oversized vases.
An outdoor patio offers the chance to modernize things a bit with a clean-lined picnic table and chairs, accented with more of the green and orange that define the interior.
outh Pasadena is one of our favorite cities. And we just finished staging a gorgeous house perched on a hillside in “South Pas.” It’s a 1923 home with Spanish architecture and tons of natural light. The home also has a glassed-in observation deck on the top floor with insane views as well as park-like grounds with tall palm trees. Watch for the real estate listing coming soon. We’ll post a link to it!
In the living room, we brought in clean-lined furniture with a Mid Century modern feel, which blends perfectly with so many types of architecture. A flax-tone sofa and chair float on a sisal rug, and a West Elm cocktail table serves as a dark anchor. We put a tripod lamp in the corner to amp up the modern factor a little more. Black-framed vintage prints pick up on the dark furniture legs and add just a hint of antiquity. Outside each window, an explosion of green in the lush gardens surrounding the home.
The other side of the living room is cozy and inviting, with a fireplace decked out in original Batchelder tile and built-in wooden bookshelves. Glowing lights brighten shelf molding all around the room, and a small staircase to the right leads to the second story.
We put a tall linen-upholstered chair in the corner for a little touch of traditional style. Wrought iron sconces flank a vintage painting above the mantel. In the background, a peek into the dining room.
The dining room is lit by a vintage crystal chandelier hanging from a beamed ceiling. Richly textured white stucco walls and large windows make this room a real destination.
We used West Elm’s ikat settee as a dining bench, and accented it with gray linen pillows with jute braid detail. Taupe Crate and Barrel chairs finish out the serene scene.
We set the table simply, for a casual brunch or dinner party. Vintage-style crochet-edge napkins add a dainty element while bisque color plates tone it all down. We added more antique art to the walls.
In the office, an original 1923 mural painting by Richard Leroy Corbaley (1882-1960) painted directly onto the stucco above the mantel inspired our eclectic approach to this room. Two linen chairs in different styles share space with a small kilim rug.
Detail of the painting, which depicts a tribe of Native Americans who look like they’re being displaced from their land.
We put a vintage typewriter on a small white lacquer desk and added a few desk accessories like a gooseneck lamp and letter holder. Above the desk, a vintage oil portrait.
We love how this room feels different from the others with its slight eccentricities. French doors, original hardwood floors and lots of natural light. Yes!
In the master bedroom, a calming color scheme of gray, green and brown with bits of orange prevails, echoing the leafy scene outside the windows. With B&W nature photography on the walls and tall lamps with gray lampshades, this bedroom is just begging to be napped in :).
We love how the window above the bed “reads” as art.
We kept our accessorizing to a minimum to amplify the fact that this is a stress-free zone.
The upper deck, as we’ve been calling it (it almost feels like a cruise ship) boasts incredible views seen through wraparound windows that envelop the room in an amazing amount of light. With all this drama, we kept furnishings and accessories to a minimum by positioning four white slipper chairs around a Noguchi-style cocktail table atop a white shag rug. Cozy, inviting and perfect for view-watching.
With polished wood floors, a massive vintage iron chandelier and a herringbone-pattern beamed ceiling, you might enjoy the interior view almost as much!
ur client’s existing master bathroom was such an eyesore, he couldn’t wait for us complete our redesign. In fact, he asked the contractor to paint over the hideous lime green early on in the process. We gladly concurred. The bathroom was a symphony of bad taste — from shiny chrome faucets to white square tiles. In other words, the perfect “before” to our “after”.
We envisioned a relaxing spa-style retreat with natural elements. Our initial plans included a soft turquoise palette, using glass subway tile as the main focal point and a seaglass tone on the walls. After designing three other rooms in our client’s condo, we began to evolve our design plan toward a more earthy palette. These were the original renderings:
After looking into the cost of glass subway tile, it solidified our decision to go in a different direction. We went back to the drawing board (Floors 4 Less!) with this new criteria in mind and found something even better:
Now comes the fun part! Bye bye bad bath.
Our weathered wood-look wall tile envelops the bath and shower while a walnut stained double vanity hugs the adjacent wall.
After searching for the perfect round mirrors, we decided on a more masculine shape, and had these two custom made to complement the vanity. Three George Kovacs sconces punctuate the space between the mirrors, and add a sophisticated hotel vibe.
A natural wood bath mat ties into the organic limestone shower floor tile. Moen fixtures in brushed nickel work with the gray tones in the wood-style wall tile.
We love that our client has really expensive-looking, beautiful shampoo bottles! They look great in the off-centered niche.
We chose sandstone bath accessories from The Container Store and CB2, and a teak tray to corral them.
We chose a wall color that picks up on the subtle grays in the floor tile.
Sleek undermount sinks and a Caesarstone countertop.
et bars. The concept is pretty passe. Once a staple in family homes of the 1950s and 60s, they were later relegated to the basements and “rumpus rooms” of the 70s and 80s. They all have a few things in common: a mirrored backsplash, exposed metal brackets and a grimy sink. No one ever uses them. Except for storage.
When we first laid eyes on this tiny bar tucked into a nook in our client’s home, we thought “Let’s rip it out!”. However, after taking thoughtful notes on his needs and wants, he divulged that he worked as a bartender in his 20s. Not only did he have tons of booze, he also liked to throw soirées and needed a place to mix drinks. “It stays!” we cried out in unison (okay, maybe not — but we were excited)
See? Exposed shelving hardware, grimy sink and a dirty old mirror. Throughout the design process we kept thinking, “Mad Men, Mad Men, Mad Men”. We could just imagine our client getting up from his desk to stroll over to his very own bar at 10:30 am, and pour himself a Vodka Gimlet a la Roger Sterling.
Taking cues from the incredible set design of the show, we chose a 60s-feel walnut wood tone for the cabinet and an organic-look grasscloth for the wall behind. A warm white countertop by Caesarstone is topped with a fresh Moen bar sink and a cornered gooseneck faucet. Here is our original design concept:
The obligatory progress shots:
Our contractor stained three simple floating shelves with a medium-gloss and picked up some brushed chrome piping that slides over the unsightly hardware. We finished it off with matching brushed chrome door handles and a sleek new bar light. Our client supplied the hooch!
The day construction finished, we quickly styled the shelves and our client hosted a shindig the very next day. Luckily, no ones legs were amputated by a John Deere lawn mower.
arwax orange is what we were reminded of when we first laid eyes on this hideous 3/4 bath. Why someone would paint that color in a bathroom, we’ll never know. Our client hired us to redesign this space to coordinate with the other design projects we were tackling in his home. We breathed a great sigh of relief and jumped right in.
Here’s what we were dealing with:
See? Earwax. An aluminum frame shower door, Home Depot-special shiny white tile and white grout. Add some brass fixtures and one of those extendy-counter-over-the-toilet things and you’ve got a really BLAH bathroom.
Since this is a second bath attached to a guest room, we decided to have some fun. A clean gray palette allowed the introduction of bright colors in towels and accessories. We started off with this rendering to give everyone an idea of the design foundation:
Floating walnut vanity, glassed-in tub/shower combo. Modern Moen fixtures in brushed nickel and a cross-hatch patterned gray wall tile - inspired by a menswear weave, and also reminded us of our client’s J. Crew-heavy wardrobe:
Some in-between shots:
The finished room craved color. After a trip to The Container Store, we emerged with armfuls of bright bath accessories .
We brought in a natural wood bath mat to contrast with the ash-toned floor tile. Sleek Moen shower trim updates the bathtub (which you would never know was reglazed, not replaced!) A simple wire wastebasket tucks in the small space between the Toto Drake II toilet and vanity.
Instagram-inspired photography hangs in brushed metal Crate & Barrel frames. We brought bright orange across the room in the form of hand towels. A brushed nickel framed mirror from West Elm tops out the vanity.
Close-up of shower detail:
owder rooms are the jewel boxes of the home. Because they’re small and don’t require a shower or bath, they lend themselves to a high-personality treatment. Our client gave us carte blanche to create a warm, yet modern, powder room that would coordinate with the updated mid-century modern style we were incorporating in other rooms of his home.
Here’s what we were dealing with:
Builder grade fixtures, pink-tinged cabinetry, molded fiberglass countertop and sink, plain white square floor tile and Hollywood makeup lights circa 1992.
Our design goal was to envelope the tiny room with textural warmth, and add flattering lighting while retaining a sleek, mid-century modern feel. These preliminary models were rendered to show our client and contractor the look and feel we were after:
First things first, Johnny installing the grasscloth on the walls:
After some consideration (and grabbing some awesome tile on sale) we switched up the black floor tile idea for a white one with a subtle strie pattern. We also went with a single drawer vanity to simplify the space.
A Caesarstone countertop with a rectangular undermount sink and Moen Level series faucet update what used to be a cookie-cutter condo half bath. We chose a warm walnut finish and a sleek, singular drawer-front for our floating vanity. Our choice was inspired by the look of a modernist credenza.
Calvin Klein hand towels bring a masculine geometric pattern into the space, contrasting nicely with the subtle stripes of the grasscloth. Inexpensive RIBBA frames from IKEA hold original graphic charcoal drawings to add a little edge to the soothing space.
We chose brushed nickel for all our metal finishes. Including a beveled mirror we found at Lamps Plus for half-price. We flanked the mirror with George Kovacs sconces and topped the counter with a “Penguin” soap pump from The Container Store.
No surface was safe in this bathroom. We changed everything from the floor up, including the toilet. We brought in a Drake II by Toto and fresh white baseboards. The floor tile is 12x24, chosen for its large scale, and installed in running bond.
etting it right in staging a traditional home has everything to do with details. If you start with your large furnishings in neutral tones and transitional shapes, you can create an updated take on traditional just by adding key accessories, like lamps, rugs, art, vases and other decorative items. With a strong neutral backdrop, all you need is a palette of soft, muted tones of russet, sage green, linen, taupe and dark brown. Keep it simple, and be sure to add pattern in the form of Navajo or Kilim rugs, and texture in pillows and rugs, like sisal, linen and jute. This lovely Glendale, CA home is a perfect example of a traditional home that appeals to today’s modern family. The home is listed by Craig Farestveit of Craig Estates & Fine Properties. See the real estate listing here
Soft neutral colors prevail in this large living room featuring a brick fireplace. We put two off-white sofas facing each other on top of a sisal rug, then layered a colorful kilim at a slight angle over that. A round cocktail table in warm wood has a lower shelf for remotes and books.
The room boasts a cozy window seat which we accented with large burlap pillows.
Crisp white walls and vaulted, beamed ceilings are the perfect canvas on which to wash our muted traditional color palette.
A formal dining room is seen in the background. An antique marble-topped console table to the left holds a glass lamp with a burlap shade.
Four white slipcovered Parsons chairs pull up to a traditional medium tone wood dining table under a contemporary chandelier in this neutral space with an updated modernity.
Red-orange napkins pop against the white plates and woven placemats. Soft sheer accordion shades place the scene in a serene light.
A jute rug underfoot is the basis for a neutral color scheme of brown and beige in this family room or den. Modern lines on the sofa tie into the glass topped round cocktail table. An off-white club chair provides a cozy spot for reading or relaxing with a glass of wine.
Two maple bar stools pull up to a gray granite counter top in this updated kitchen. In the background, simple white cabinetry and a sculptural stove hood add a modern touch.
A guest bedroom in tones of white and blue. We carried the blue into all the details, like pillows, art and even book covers.
In a child’s bedroom, we used a great traditional go-to color palette of red, white and blue. But the tones are tempered, not too bright and are grounded by dark wood furniture, like this vintage child’s bed.