Yoshihiro's Bird Roost Bungalow

Yoshihiro's Bird Roost Bungalow

Gregory Han
Jul 24, 2009

Name: Yoshihiro Makino, Yuka Izutsu, Shimpei Yashima
Location: Pasadena, CA
Size: 2000 sq. ft.
Years lived in: 2 years

Yoshihiro, Yuka and Shimpei live and work altogether in this wide open Pasadena home where art, craft and an affinity for the midcentury aesthetic are all merged together into a beautiful hodge podge of bohemian-style modernism where all three can find inspiration for their creative work. Oh, and did we mention a rescued dove and pigeon navigate and happily live with the household of photographer, illustrator and graphic designer who also call the textured and warm hued space a home?

AT Survey:

My/Our style: Midcentury modern in bungalow type of house.

Inspiration: We were inspired by the Midcentury aesthetic.

Favorite Element: high ceiling, top light, big windows, lots of green outside.

Biggest Challenge: having two working spaces and living space in the same room without destroying the atmosphere which the house originally has.

What Friends Say: They love it, it's a perfect artistic studio and home for a photographer (me), an illustrator (Yuka), and graphic designer (Shimpei).

Biggest Embarrassment: the design will not allow for the installation of an air-conditioner.

Proudest DIY: the spiral stairs in the guest room. Te guest room used to be a stable 50 years ago. And we renovated whole room to be a studio space.

Best advice: Paint the whole outside walls to be black or grey to make it look like more modern architecture. Or paint the wall inside of the house to be more white or beige to brighten up the interior.

Dream source: Case study houses, Mark Brazier-Jones, I want to combine both of midcentury modern and new art essences into our home.

Resources: OSH, Ikea, art supply store, vintage finds.

Furniture: eBay, Floorplan in North Hollywood, DWR, flea market, El Paso on Sepluveda Blvd in West Los Angeles.

Accessories: Marimekko, Kim Seybert, Barney's NewYork Interior section, Flea Market, Ebay, the antique stores where we run into give us happy accidents.

Lighting: eBay, Rose Bowl Flea Market, DRW

Rugs and Carpets: Pasadena Rug Mart, the best!!

Window Treatments: My friend, an architect.

Artwork: Things we create, and our friends's.

Other: Our pet, Pyururu (male) and Morli (female) white pigeon and dove. We rescued in Hollywood and Pasadena.

Thanks, Yoshihiro!

Photos by Yoshihiro Makino

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