Chancie & Dan’s Mt. Washington Oasis

published Jun 7, 2011
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Name: Chancie, Dan, and Clark Meehan
Location: Mt. Washington — Los Angeles
Size: 2,000 square feet
Years lived in: 9 — owned

Chancie and Dan have worked hard to update and expand their tiny hillside starter home and the result of their efforts is a surprisingly harmonious mix of modern, traditional, rustic, and quirky — a combination that aptly reflects the home’s inhabitants and its setting.

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Chancie, a graphic and landscape designer, and Dan, a motion graphics designer, have worked steadily on the house since buying it together 9 years ago. One of their first projects as new homeowners was revealing the natural wood on the soaring ceiling, which required borrowing a truck large enough to haul a sandblaster up the steep winding streets of Mt. Washington — and barely making it to the top. From that first DIY to re-doing their kitchen, to finally completing an expansion mere weeks before their now 3-year-old son, Clark, was born, the couple have truly made the space their own.

The interior feels both modern and homey, a sense enhanced by the mix of furnishings from all eras, many of which are sentimental family heirlooms. Most irresistible about the space, is its gorgeous views of downtown LA and their outdoor oasis, landscaped using native plants — a perfect spot for watching spring come to the city.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Antiques with modern–eclectic

Inspiration: Organic nature

Favorite Element: The countertop in bathroom and the hutch from Chancie’s grandma

Biggest Embarrassment: Badly installed tile in bathroom

Proudest DIY: Sandblasting the ceiling

Biggest Indulgence: Kitchen faucet and reupholstering our sofa

Best Advice: Buy what you like and somehow it will all work together, don’t stick to one style.

Dream Sources: Rose Bowl Swap Meet

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Resources of Note:


    • Appliances — Pacific Sales
    • Countertop — Eurostone


    • Sofa — Rose Bowl Swap Meet, reupholstered by Rose Furniture
    • Chairs — craigslist
    • Large painting — DIY project, still in progress!


    • Table — Crate and Barrel
    • Chandelier — Dwell store in Pasadena


    • Bed — West Elm
    • Mirrored Table — Target
    • Chairs — free hand-me-downs


    • All furniture — 18th Century hand-me-downs
    • Mirrored Table — Target
    • Chairs — free hand-me-downs


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Thanks, Chancie & Dan!

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