A Mid-Century Modern Los Angeles Home Goes Back To Its Roots

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.

AFTER: “From a layout perspective, having it open was a no-brainer,” Lacey says of the kitchen, which now spills into the dining and living areas, with a fireplace that pays homage to the original with glazed fireclay tiles. “What’s special about the house are the views, and everything should celebrate them. Now we can cook and watch the old sycamores and oaks, or catch deer coming down the hill. The family’s new kitchen features a concrete collaboration waterfall terrazzo countertop with white oak cabinets painted in a custom ocher color by Reform.

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.

AFTER: The dining room transforms a classic mid-century silhouette with Folk Project’s vintage dining chairs, which are upholstered in Guatemalan huipils. Stripping the ceiling beams of their dark brown paint breathed new life into the foliage-embraced open-plan living space.

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