Name: Beatriz Macias, husband Fernando Gonzalez and son Nicolas
Location: Mission Viejo, Orange County, California
Size: 1,800 Square Feet
Years lived in: 10 years; Owned
Beatriz and her family have lived in this adorable cottage home for about ten years, with a 3.5 year hiatus while living in Italy. Worldly collectibles, distinct artwork and highly personal effects add heavy charm to this wonderful house. Beatriz searches for beauty and meaning for every detail she puts into their home.
Though there is quite a bit to look at upon entering Beatriz and Fernando's home, and each piece has a wonderful story attached to it, Beatriz says that the most significant item in her home is "my grandma’s Thonet child chair. It reminds me of my childhood and my roots, and it is a beautiful chair." Sentimentality makes this house so warm and inviting. Not only do they have wonderful family collectibles abundantly spread throughout, but Beatriz's business as a vintage retailer also allows her to amass quite a mix of ever-changing accessories.
Beatriz believes that a light and bright home is essential, and that Southern California is an incredible mix of cultures and dreams. It's definitely had an effect on the design of their home: "It seems like anything is possible here. I love the endless possibilities, the love for the outdoors, the many different ways one can be. Southern California is anything but ordinary."
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Eclectic. A mix and match collection of all things beautiful and meaningful with lots of color and texture thrown into the mix. Good, basic pieces and lots of alternating accessories, travel mementos and original art. Because I am a vintage reseller I keep a lot of my so-called inventory as a permanent collection on display (let’s say that I find it difficult to part with some of my finds).
I like change; it is THE permanent feature in our home!
Inspiration: The places where we have lived are the baggage and the inspiration we bring along in this journey.
My parents' house. My father was an architect and an artist, he and my mom had a great eye for color and design.
Our native Colombia with its never ending spring. There is color everywhere! Southern California with its beautiful light, and Italy with its passion for good design.
Favorite Element: High ceilings and lots of windows that allow a flow of the beautiful Californian light, and our remodeled kitchen.
Biggest Challenge: Remodeling the kitchen! We did most of the work ourselves and it took longer than we would have liked, but it was all worth it.
What Friends Say: They love it and they always ask for advice when it comes to color and décor. They also like to figure out what is new and what changes have occurred since their last visit.
Biggest Embarrassment: Our backyard. We have great plans for it, though.
Proudest DIY: Everything! Both Fernando and I have worked so hard to make this little house our own that it is difficult to choose one project. But the kitchen has to be the most rewarding of all our DIYs.
Biggest Indulgence: My ever growing collections and my Bertazzoni range (she is beautiful!).
Best Advice: Surround yourself only with the things you love, and it will all work together in the end.
Dream Sources: If I had the money: Reform Gallery and The End of History.
If I could travel back in time: The Eames office.
If I am realistic: Long Beach flea market, estate sales, thrift stores.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Hall: Behr Swiss Coffee• Living room: accent colors Behr paint, no record of paint names.
• Sofa: Crate and Barrel
• Domino Mobler armchairs: state sale
• Drexel Profile by John Van Koert Coffee table: estate sale
• Cherner lookalike chair: thrifted
• Cowhide rug: purchased on a trip to Colombia
• Demijohn bottle: Second hand store in Italy
• Ceramic collection :flea markets and state sales
• Erik Hoglund Zodiac hanging chain: Flea market
• Pillows: Skinny Laminx, Marimekko, Turkish kilim vintage and new
• Art includes two of my pieces, the large coffee drawing of a dripping shirt and the large colorful print at the center of the room. Other art includes prints from fellow artists Ana Kim, Kiel Johnson, Robert Williams, and a thrifted Marc Chagall.
• Chairs: Kartell designed by Philippe Starck
• Reclaimed teak table: purchased in Italy
• Antique Coo-Coo clock: family heirloom
• Heritage Herendon dresser: thrifted for a steal at the local Goodwill
• Hella Jongerius vase for Ikea, Textile art, and teak lamp: thrifted
• Growing collection of Nagel candleholders: estate sales, thriftstores and flea markets
• Suzani on table: purchased at the Grand Bazaar in Istambul
• Don Shepherd’s Whirpool glass bottle: estate sale
• Italian granite bowl: gift from our Italian neighbors in Italy
• Art: original prints from fellow artists: Cynthia Osborne, Josh Spahr, Lawrence Yun and my own work. Old Italian oil painting was a wedding gift for my parents.
• Sofa: Ikea
• Wool rug: designed by my dad and made in Colombia
• Stools: Colombia and Ghana
• Glass collection includes Gullaskruf of Sweden, Italian Empoli, Finnish iittala, and American Blenko
•Carrara marble mantle and Heath ceramics tile
• Carrara marble counters
• Ikea cabinets
• West Elm pendant lamps
• Joseph Joseph dish drainer: Fab
• Heath ceramics tile
• Bertazzoni range
• Francis Francis espresso maker
• Alessi tea kettle
• Neva Time square clock: thrifted in Italy
• Vintage Dansk pepper mill collection : thrifted and purchased on Ebay
• Heath ceramics tea pots
• white shell chairs: Overstock
• orange chairs and table: Ikea
• Heath ceramics Orange vases: Heath factory outlet
• Finel bowls collection: thrifted
• Cathrineholm bowl: estate sale
• Philippe Stark juicer for Alessi: gift from dear friends in Italy
• Marimekko wall paper
• Venetian mirror: thrifted
BAR – HALL
• David Truebridge’s Coral lamp
• Moroccan rug: estate sale
• Bench and bar cabinet: Ikea
• Bianchi Milano 1950’s bike: purchased in Italy
• Arthur Umanoff’s wine rack: thrifted
• North African bronze bust: Italian flea market
• Sofa bed, bookshelf, file cabinet and desks: Ikea
• Suzani: purchased at the Grand Bazaar in Istambul
• Vintage Eames wire chair: thrift trade
• Cork floor (best floor ever!)
• Framed vintage LPs: New Documents on Etsy
• Art: Tibor Reich “Age of Kings” screen print and my own work on door leading to the crawl space
• Perpetual color calendar: Fab
• Cameras and typewriters: family hand me downs
• Wooden figurines: thrifted
• Bed, desk bookshelf and closet system: Ikea
• Framed vintage LPs: New Documents on Etsy
• Miro screen print: thrifted
• Orange chair: Crate and Barrel
• Bed: designed by my dad and made in Colombia
• Vintage Hudson Bay blanket: thrifted
• Cos.Mo Italy lamp: estate sale
• Vintage Thonet chairs: garage sale
• Vintage cabinet: family heirloom
• Art: signed Kiyoshi Saito woodblock prints, signed Charley Harper original serigraph, and signed Frederick S. Franck aquatint: thrift and estate sale finds
Thanks, Beatriz and Fernando!
(Images: Bethany Nauert )
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