Name: Polly & Ben (son, Cyrus is 4)
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
Size: 1,100 Square Feet
Years lived in: 4 already, wow!
About a year ago, I purchased a modern minimal bench via Craigslist from a seller who lived in Sherman Oaks. Upon arriving to their apartment to pay and arrange for pickup (they were so kind, they even delivered the bench to our place), I noted their home was a marvelous gem of MidCentury and DIY decor. Friday night, I was invited back over by Polly and Ben to take an official tour, shoot some photos, and just have a wonderful evening with a beautiful family who live in a beautiful home...
We're always looking for more candidates for house tours. If you or someone you know is interested in inviting us for a tour, please email us!
Our style: Modern, Mid-Century, with some Asian & Industrial. Simplistic, clean lines; I'd like a little glam but haven't added any yet.
Inspiration: 60's & 70's design, Flea Markets, Nature
Favorite element: Color, though at the same time, WHITE. Texture.
Biggest Challenge in designing my home: Being content with any color on my walls that isn't white or ivory. Being disciplined about the amount of furniture we buy to "fix-up", realizing that we live in an apartment and don't have storage or a restoration space (which hasn't stopped us so far).
What friends Say about my home: "You guys should be in the design business" and "How can you own a white sofa with a 4 year old?"
Biggest Embarrassment in my home: Constantly changing the color on my walls which usually gets back to white or ivory. I think I want color but I haven't found the right one (which hasn't stopped me from trying).
Credenza that we designed and built out of one sheet of plywood. An unmatched pair of turquoise lamps (same color, same style, different pattern) that I refurbished built shades for and made into a set.
Biggest Indulgence with respect to my home: Using only Green or Eco-friendly paint, household cleaners, and recycled products. Changing the wall color on my whim. Dining room table, it's such a great place to congregate.
Best Advice given or received: Purge on a regular basis. If a room feels overwhelming, remove everything and bring back only what works. Be patient.
Dream Source for stuff: The world's ultimate flea market in 1982 when everything I wanted from the late 60's was being thrown out.