But the owners did not undertake the renovation and reinvention of their 2,418 square foot home alone. One of Lacey’s best friends, fellow business manager and designer Claire Thomas, spearheaded the interior design project, with Rendell lending a hand in a personal hobby, carpentry. “It’s incredibly surprising that I fell so deeply in love with the house from the first photos in the ad,” says Lacey. “What I saw beyond the chocolate brown painted ceilings and stone tile bathrooms was a truly special architectural post-and-beam treehouse with floor-to-ceiling windows that invite in the beautiful, sheltered view over the canyon.” Claire and Lacey have made it their mission to return the home, originally designed by surfer-turned-architect Matt Kivlin, to its true nature.
Late 50s, for Claire, evokes earthy California tones of marigold and avocado. And indeed, a green, brown, yellow and orange palette was solidified early on when it won at auction a series of vintage Swissair posters depicting various aerial landscapes in those colors. “They connected with this overarching aesthetic that we were trying to hit — a really earthy California canyon, late 50s, early 60s references with world traveler energy,” Claire explains.