Name: Myles and Grace
Location: La Cañada, CA
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; Owned
With the recent spike in interest of mid-century design and ranch-style homes, it would be easy to think that the majority of the vintage homes from of that era had been snatched up. First time home buyers Myles and Grace spied their 1949 three bedroom two bath home stagnant on the market and patiently waited until the right time to make their offer. Their patience was rewarded by being able to snag their luminous starter home that boasts large windows on every corner of the structure, filling their space with coveted southern California natural light.
Myles and Grace, photographers and graphic designers by trade, have filled their first home with brightly colored contemporary street art prints, their beautiful vintage camera collection, standout injection molded Herman Miller chairs and, of course, their new pup Guinness. All of which (especially Guinness!) allow the natural light to sing. All of this sensational color has been brought into to balance with the warm earth tones of their original hardwood flooring, hand crafted ceramics, and a remarkable sleek credenza.
Both Myles and Grace have converted each of the extra bedrooms into their own home offices allowing for their individual tastes and creativity to flourish, providing for a more personalized experience as you move further throughout the heart of the home. Grace's office, adjacent to the master bedroom, is filled with vibrant color and sleek feminine touches, while Myles' office embraces his love of vintage technology, film photography, and late 80's and early 90's skateboard culture. Their "starter" home bears the distinguished polish and finesse of a seasoned home owners — an homage to the past that remains contemporary through carefully selected pieces of post-modern art.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Mid-Century Pop
Inspiration: The City of Los Angeles. We like to visit local shops, galleries and restaurants around Los Angeles... The city is constantly changing it's look.
Favorite Element: The Living Room windows and the lighting in our home that is perfectly diffused by the shade from our Chinese Elms.
Biggest Challenge: I love cooking and baking and it always feels like there's not enough counter space in the kitchen.
What Friends Say: Our home is very "us" — relaxing, fun, filled with light, happy...
Biggest Embarrassment: The hanging light in the dining area which came with the
house. Have yet to find a suitable replacement that matches our style.
Proudest DIY: Floating shelves in the dining room. They're actually mounted to a false wall that hides a pocket door. The mechanics of installation was difficult to say the least.
Biggest Indulgence: Jeremy Geddes Bavarian State Opera Cosmonaut Poster.
Best Advice: Don't be afraid to try something new. Our house is a work in progress.
Dream Sources: Thrift stores we love finding unloved/wanted mid century gems for cheap. Our Nardini Studios lamp was found at the Salvation Army.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Rust-‐Oleum Painter's Touch Ultra Cover Satin Blossom White
• Rose Bowl Flea Market
• Any Goodwill or Salvation Army thrift store
• Aaron Brothers Penny frame sale days
Thanks, Myles & Grace!
(Images: Evan Rogers)
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— Evan Rogers