Name: Anne and Chris
Size: 1,480 square feet
Years lived in: 5 years
We traveled to the quaint town of Whittier (about 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles) for this Apartment Therapy House Tour. We were fortunate enough to visit Anne and Chris' home while her sister Tracie was in town visiting from Singapore.
Before taking pics, we gabbed about a wide array of topics (such as Singapore's strict return policies, the decision to have children by a certain age, and how to live a more organized life). It was a refreshing morning of homemade cookies, coffee and a grand hospitality that we'll never forget. Let's take a closer look at how Anne and Chris have set up a home that's perfect for both entertaining, as well as quiet, personal enjoyment.
While Anne would love less of a "cookie-cutter" home, we think she's done an amazing job of setting up shop. It's a three-story condo that unfolds like a modern oasis filled with lots of natural light (and a home entertainment center to die for). Downstairs, we love the combo of a cozy seating area paired with a stark white wall that flickers with frequent nighttime movie screenings. Traveling upstairs to the kitchen and second seating area, you're greeted with a more playful, light-hearted vibe. Patterns and textiles mix beautifully with the retro kitchen accessories--and of course more amazing light.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our style: Clean, fun, modern
Inspiration: Anything unique, eclectic, or from the 1950's. I must say previewing homes featured in Apartment Therapy, Domino, Metropolitan Home and Sunset Magazine have been a great source of inspiration too!
Favorite Element: Natural light--and the Lamino chair bought at a garage sale.
Biggest Challenge: Making do with our cookie-cutter home in a not so central location.
What Friends Say: Friends observe the quarterly editing of the interiors. They also enjoy watching movies on the projector.
Biggest Embarrassment: Conventional iron railings, light fixtures, and cabinets.
Proudest DIY: Unfortunately, we are not handy at all, which is why we bought a brand new house.
Biggest Indulgence: Furniture and hubby's audio equipment.
Best advice: Find your own style and work around it when purchasing items. For us, it's best to stay minimalist, live an organized life and try to be clutter free! You can do so by getting items that have a dual purpose. Or, when you bring home an item, get rid of another that you're tired of by donating it. What I recently learned from my sister is to stick with a color theme when you're working in a small space.
Dream source: Mid-century homes by Cliff May, Joseph Eichler, Streng
Downstairs Living Room
Leather couch; Design Within Reach
2nd couch; Room and Board
Coffee Table; Craigslist
Ghost chair; eBay
Entertainment credenza; Blu Dot
Vases; Jonathan Adler
Artwork; eBay, Pasadena Art Gallery
Rug; Pottery Barn
Entryway table; Craigslist
Electronics; A Rega turntable, 2 preamplifiers, and a pair of old school vacuum tube monoblock amplifiers made by VTL. CD Player is made by Ayre, Speakers are ProAcs.
Second Floor Living Room
Matching chairs; eBay
Pillows; West Elm
Framed textiles; Handmade by Anglo Design & Accessories and framed by me with IKEA frames
Coffee table; Design Within Reach
Dining Room Table and chairs; Plummers and Design Within Reach
Table Cloth; Target
Desk; West Elm
Tapestry above bed; Jonathan Adler
(Thanks, Anne and Chris!)
Images: Beth Zeigler