Behind the Scenes: South Bay Mid-Century

January 10, 2020

A South Bay family of four got a gorgeous mid-century makeover for their home. It’s designed with functionality in mind and includes both vintage and vintage-inspired pieces. We wanted to embrace the mid-century vibe and keep the design laid-back to create the perfect balance of California cool and class. Here’s what we did:


The existing two-sided fireplace was used as inspiration for the color palette for the home’s finishes. The slate tiles reflect the mix of neutral and warm tones in many areas of the home.



The accordion door opens all the way, to let the breeze in on a nice day and provide maximum indoor-outdoor entertaining space when entertaining guests. Burnt orange and teal accents were placed around the home, like these outdoor chairs. The classic color pairing is mid-century through and through.



I love the use of mirrors to illuminate a space and reflect fabulous furniture, like this Jonathan Adler bench cabinet combination. Using a pair of bubble mirrors makes the wall pop even more.



This cozy corner dining area can accommodate the whole family around the table with its custom banquette and a pair of stylish burnt orange chairs. Built-in storage below the banquette gives the space added functionality. The Saarinen oval dining table with a pedestal base from Knoll adds a timeless mid-century touch, as does the Sputnik-style clock on the wall. The Tom Dixon inspired pendant light fixture has a lacquered white exterior and golden interior for some subtle luxury.



This kitchen is all about clean lines and natural tones. It’s a beautiful, compact space, and the goal was to keep it warm and inviting all while packing in design elements. Matte charcoal appliances by Samsung are paired with cork-inspired backsplash tile and walnut full overlay cabinets. Two floating shelves allow for decorative items and easy-to-reach storage.



This desk area was designed as part of a multi-use room which allows the kids a spot to study while still being in the heart of the home. The sofa is a contemporary take on mid-century style, while the hanging amber light fixture is a fun vintage find.



A powder bath is one of my all-time favorite spaces to design because you have the chance to pick unique features that stand out in a small space. The full-glass top mount sink is the Antilia Wading Pool basin by Kohler, while the gold-framed mirror and starburst light come from Arteriors.

To the left, you’ll see the sliding door to the powder room that was designed as a piece of art. The 3Form resin with a bamboo reed insert allows for natural light while looking beautiful and maximizing space.

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