Vivi & Gaston's Modern Family Home

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Name: Langer's House, Gaston, Viviana, Teo & Emma
Location: Silverlake; Los Angeles
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 12 years; owned

Last summer, my boyfriend and I drove down to LA from San Francisco to visit his good friends, Vivi and Gaston and their two children, Emma and Teo. We stayed in their guest studio (hello, dream home must) behind the house, which was great for privacy. It was dark when we arrived so I didn’t see the house until the next day but was pleasantly surprised by their modern aesthetic—minimal with splashes of color mostly from textiles found on their travels.

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Their outdoor space was just as impressive. Our first night there, they hosted a BBQ on their traditional Argentine grill (the couple are both from Buenos Aires). It was a gorgeous LA night with a fun group of people from around the world, who I was all meeting for the first time but who made me feel welcome. Great food was served as well as a sweet view of the Hollywood sign. I was ready to move in.

On my second visit to LA, I asked if I could feature their home, which is located in the Silverlake area. This area is hard not to love with cool outdoor eateries, design-y shops, and well, a lake — very different from the scenes you see on the coast. Vivi welcomed me back while Gaston was working (he's an art director; hence, the good eye). The kids were happy to hop in the shots.

Take a peek here inside their home and please thank Vivi and Gaston for sharing their space!

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Modern/minimalistic

Inspiration: Traveling and mid-century architecture and design

Favorite Element: The light and views

Biggest Challenge:

All the rooms have a lot of windows, built-ins and so on, so the biggest challenge for us was to try to fit/accommodate our furniture and art with almost no walls available. Also, the rooms are pretty small and with 2 young kids, it is very hard to avoid clutter!

What Friends Say:

Our friends usually find our house very spacious and luminous and they become amazed when they see the Hollywood sign from our backyard (especially those friends from out of town)

Biggest Embarrassment:

The color of the kitchen. I wanted a bright lemony yellow and it turned out a very pastel color. We haven’t changed it since that happened.

Proudest DIY:

My husband handled all the remodeling on the outside of the house. We remodeled our garage into a nice studio/guest house and we created a patio where we spend a lot of time with friends and family.

Biggest Indulgence:

Our Argentine BBQ and our backyard

Best Advice:

The biggest advice for myself is not to get used to the things that I don’t really like in my house. I have an IKEA bookshelf that I’ve been trying to get rid of it but for some reason it is still in my living room. Try to surround yourself with things that you really like and enjoy looking at.

Dream Sources:

Architectural books, Eames, Neutra, Swedish design

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Resources of Note:

PAINT & COLORS

  • Dunn Edwards

LIVING ROOM

  • Sectional Sofa: DWR
  • Coffee table: Living Room in Silverlake
  • Mid-century sofa, white leather: a vintage piece that we reupholstered.
  • Noguchi Lamp

DINING ROOM

  • Mid-century vintage table
  • Nelson Bubble Lamp

KITCHEN

  • French door fridge, Samsung
  • 5-burner Bertazzoni Stove

BEDROOM

  • Mid-century vintage side tables
  • Nelson Bubble Lamp
  • Textile from Lake in Silverlake
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Thanks, Vivi and Gaston!

(Images: Theresa Gonzalez)

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