MADISON MODERN HOME

Home Staging and Interior Design

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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

ROBIN DECAPUA

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.

RACHEL MOORE

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

 

make mine modern

We completely re-imagined two rooms for a Windsor Hills, CA, client who loves Mid Century modern style. She had acquired some nice pieces already, but just didn’t know quite how to pull the entire look together. She also wanted a way to display some of her prized African artifacts.

Enter Madison Modern Home, and a brand new living room and dining room began to take shape, complete with a rustic stacked stone fireplace and reclaimed wood mantel to replace the outdated brick and mirror. We sourced bright yellow modern chairs, a cobalt blue rug, kilim and richly textured pillows, Moroccan patterned curtains and new lighting. In the dining room, it was a complete overhaul — featuring a sleek dining table and chairs, original art and an eye-catching three-light pendant.

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Rachel Moore, lead designer at Madison Modern Home, attaches her art to the living room wall. All art and photography are originals

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We were influenced by tribal patterns and textures, and incorporated many of the client’s existing African finds

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Two stand-out yellow chairs found at Plummers anchor the living room

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Pottery Barn’s richly textured indigo Bosworth rug sets the stage for our bright yellows and oranges

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Credenza from Design Within Reach, a modern glass-top cocktail table and a vintage wood sunburst clock

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The side table is from Crate and Barrel, the drum is African

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Pottery Barn’s reclaimed wood mantel tops off the fireplace

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We had a bench custom upholstered to serve as a piano bench. A fiddle leaf fig nestles into a textural basket

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The yellow chairs contrast with the muted blue tones of the rug

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Blue, orange and yellow were the predominant accent colors used in our design

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Kilim and textural tribal pattern pillows were sourced on etsy. Built-in shelves were decorated with mementos, new and old

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A view into the living room from the dining room. An original B&W photo of Arizona clouds by Steve Powell of Ten Bee Photography on the mantel

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A view into the dining room from the living room

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The star of the dining room is a show-stopping Ballard Designs pendant in aged brass. The curtains are from West Elm

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Clean, simple modern shapes prevail in this design makeover

staging for the modern world

Our most recent home staging projects have afforded us multiple opportunities to get our modern style on big-time. First, a Mid Century modern gem of a family home in La Canada, second, a three-story modern bachelor pad built on a Pasadena hillside, and third, a classic MCM condo in the famed Pasadena San Pasqual complex, the location used as Luke Wilson’s apartment in the HBO series Enlightened.

La Canada MCM Family Home

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What better complement to a glass on glass dining table than iconic modern Panton S chairs and a couple of Eames molded plywood head chairs? A stretched piece of Marrimekko fabric hangs above a modern buffet.

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The built-in kitchen desk just begged for a white Saarinen style chair and jolts of bright color.

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A pair of modern lounge chairs and a cowhide rug in the family room.

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Pasadena Modern Bachelor Pad:

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Two Barcelona chairs, a Saarinen side table and an arc lamp = modern perfection. Art by Stephen Rowe.

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A modern white lacquer credenza needs only a few coffee table books and a touch of the natural world, in this case, a burled wood knot and a piece of driftwood.

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Bright tangerine chairs in the breakfast nook.

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More abstract art by Stephen Rowe and a cowhide rug in the living room.

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The dining room’s custom metal and glass table is the perfect foil for simple white and wood chairs and arresting art.

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A white plaster chihuahua is a playful nod.

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In the master bedroom, the Rowe original with Aboriginal influences inspired the dark gray and red scheme. Ottomans at foot of bed by Target.

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The family room is mostly white…

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… which we accented with touches of bright green.

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A guest bedroom off the kitchen shares the same bright orange hue.

A Classic MCM Apartment:

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A Mid Century modern style sectional from HD Buttercup in LA pairs with a graphic maze pattern rug and wire Bertoia style chairs.

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In the background, IKEA’s STRANDMON wing chair, a re-issued classic and a leaning bookcase.

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The bedroom’s painted headboard proves that DIY projects can have a huge impact on a tight budget.

staging west hollywood

Just staged an adorable condo in West Hollywood in an Anthro-industrial style. Just steps away from the legendary Sunset Strip and all the nightlife that location has to offer. Imagine stumbling up the hill a couple blacks from your nite-cap spot of choice. Wake up to birds chirping on your private hillside view balcony. Sweet, we say. Sweet.

A statement-piece industrial light fixture shines down on the citron tufted Victorian style sofa, curvy white modern side table and reclaimed wood cocktail table. Underneath it all, a purring cheetah print cowhide adds just a note of glam. Oh, and the vintage repro phone, too.

Strong art for a strong room. A simple industrial floor lamp from Target and a bright orange patterned pillow add the right touches.

We brought in modern white chairs to pair with a capiz shell pendant and mullioned wall mirror.

staging silverlake and echo park

We just had the opportunity to stage two awesome homes in the Echo Park/Silverlake area of LA. Both homes are in great neighborhoods with off-the-charts walkability scores — we’re talking right up the street from majorly cute restaurants, shops, galleries and cafes. Got to use a lot of vintage pieces in each home and even test drive some of our newly-upcycled stuff …

We found the Mid Century modern sofa on craigslist for only $100 (!) and had the cushions reupholstered in a vintage-y nubby orange fabric by Victor at House of a Thousand Fabrics in nearby Atwater Village.

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The Navajo fabric wingchair was also a “rescue mission.” The sad floral chair was found on the street and given a new life. We love the Navajo fabric, sourced at Mood in LA.

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The faux bamboo headboard came from a fab vintage store in LA’s Garvanza district. We bought a set of two, painted one black and we’re using the other one as-is in another staging — but will paint it black sooon. Can’t wait to put these babies together in a room with a nightstand and lamp between them!

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We put one of our vintage peacock chairs in the master bedroom, pairing it with a small vintage side table.

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In the Echo Park house, we went with a more upscale look — a little less funky and a lot more elegant. The arc lamp was a prize we won in a Lamps Plus giveaway :) And the zebra print cowhide rug was found on craigslist. The cocktail table and Moroccan tray table are antiques.

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In the detached studio space, an Airbnb just waiting to happen. We used modular sectional sofa pieces to create just the right configuration and added a Nelson bench repro, “Barce-clona” chairs in crisp white leather, a modern credenza and a graphic cowhide rug underneath it all. Framed textured paper from Swain’s Art Supplies in Glendale adds to the gallery vibe.

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eastside meets westside … with a little peacock chair thrown in

We just staged the sweetest Spanish style duplex in MidCity, one of the hottest new L.A. areas. Check out our pics.

Urban Outfitters’ Either/Or Sofa in mustard yellow brings a ray of sunshine to the room.

We scored a bunch of birch logs from a client who had buckets full of them in their yard. A vintage globe on top of a handmade table makes a sculptural hearth-topper.

Our Saarinen tulip side table knockoff is topped with marble just like the real-deal.

This thrifted basket can be an ottoman or a handy firewood basket when flipped over — or, really, whatever you want it to be. We found the slat coffee table at an Echo Park vintage store, and the peacock chair for just $40 at a thrift shop!

West Elm’s linen flax settee (now discontinued in this ikat fabric) makes fine seating with a bentwood chair and an IKEA DOCKSTA.

iconic style: staging a modern architectural home

When the call came to stage a sleek modern space practically in our own backyard — Los Feliz — we jumped. Seeing the home for the first time, our minds raced to all the possibilities of staging it with iconic modern pieces to complement its museum-white walls and angled rooms. Not a square box-shaped room in the place!

Enter our new favorite (super secret local) source for iconic chairs, tables and accent pieces. We styled the living room simply with a clean-lined sofa, thick shag rug, lily-pad style cocktail table and some iconic chairs: Eames molded plywood reproduction and a pair of Bertoia wire chairs (repros, too!). Hits of orange add a top note.

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We love the way orange looks in modern settings. Is orange really the new black? We think so.

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We sourced the Eames chairs below for a cool $50 each because the backs were disconnected. A quick handyman task later (complete with Gorilla Glue and some new hardware) equals NEW CHAIRS.

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A step-down area in the living room is treated to a hip safari theme — pony hide print chair, masculine artifacts and an African walking stick.

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We love styling bookcases. We add touches of nature — a manzanita branch, a potted succulent or an interesting piece of coral — because nature is always modern. A modern art table sculpture doesn’t hurt either.

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On the far wall, we framed highly textured paper we found at Swain’s Art Supplies in Glendale and framed in IKEA’s glossy gray square RIBBA frames.

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The dining room screamed out for a set of four black repro Panton S chairs accented with two white ones. The glass on glass table virtually disappears, highlighting the cowhide rug beneath. Man-glam, you could call it?

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Off the dining room, we styled a small office using a vintage Mid Century modern desk and a repro Saarinen tulip chair. IKEA’s STRANDMON chair in navy creates a cozy reading nook.

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The master bedroom is bathed in neutral brown and taupe with high notes of crisp blue.

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We love the versatility of an Eames molded plastic chair repro, especially with wooden dowel legs. We literally use these everywhere.

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Nate Berkus designed the comforter, sourced from his line for Target.

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The second bedroom became a “play zone” for us. Straddling the line between an adult and child’s room, we remained ambiguous, but it all has a sense of fun, doesn’t it?

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Our beloved Modernica Eames-style rocker in bright red was bought for only $50!

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If ever presented with the opportunity to purchase a Scandi-style wooden horse in a sweater, please do so — at once.

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spanish-style flip exudes cool in HLP

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.

mad men style goes coastal

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.

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The subtle tribal patterns of the pillows on this über-MCM sofa mix up the look for an eclectic feel.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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A vintage bust on a stand adds a touch of antiquity to this modern dining space.

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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.

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A polished chrome Arco lamp and cowhide upholstered seat infuse the otherwise feminine room with masculine energy.

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The built-ins of this baby’s room called for fresh blues and crisp white boxes to pop off the warm wood tones.

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A black-and-white cowhide rug grounds the room and wakes up the pastel palette.

sweet silver lake flip

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.

The tiniest lamp ever, sourced from LA Resale Company, acts as a bookend for silly vintage books. Do you have a globe obsession like us?

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.

creating a gallery wall: step by step

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:

  • Brown kraft paper on a roll
  • Pencil
  • Blue painter’s tape
  • Measuring tape

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!

hi-fi hideaway

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. 

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Thrift store embroidery art, shag rug and a MCM floor lamp are just neutral enough for the 70s chevron throw to shine.

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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.

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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).

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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. 

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Plants make a house feel like a home. We recommend succulents for those with brown thumbs like us (Although we’re trying).

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We got the vintage brass sailboat at Pepe’s Vintage in Silver Lake. 

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Graphic throw pillows and a pin-tuck duvet from Cynthia Rowley. Can you believe those side tables came from HomeGoods?! 

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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. 

mise en scene

We'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.

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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.

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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.

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Tabletop styling

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An original art piece by Jeremy Kennedy over a vintage credenza.

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A kilim pillow on a Bertoia side chair.

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Jeremy Kennedy’s art

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Open concept floor plan with the kitchen in the middle

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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.

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A glimpse into the dining room. We chose industrial style counter height bar stools because the modern kitchen needed a little earthy edge.

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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.

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A couple of annoying detail shots. Bear with us, folks…

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madison luvs angeleno heights

Whether 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.

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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.

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Tabletop vignettes feature some of our favorite books and an amazing bowl we found at a thrift source.

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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.

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We found the vintage coffee table for $20 at Berda Paradise, a favorite Silverlake source.

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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

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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.

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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.

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World Market yellow chevron napkins and simple white plates for the tabletop.

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We styled the built-in china cabinet with colorful Fiestaware.

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We love the bentwood chairs and the fact that they’re a turn-of-the-century match to the home.

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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.

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We put a cute kitchen cart into an unused corner and hung framed vintage fruit crate labels above it.

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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.

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A large deck off the kitchen features a picnic table and Tolix chairs that we painted with Valspar’s Mint Gala for this project.

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