Italian Post-Modernist Influences in NoHo

For our most recent Planet Home Living small-lot residential development project located in North Hollywood, CA's hip Arts District (NoHo), we dipped into the 1980s -- and drew inspiration from the Italian post-modernists. We wanted to play with a new box of crayons and we absolutely love the muted tones and Art Deco shapes we're seeing lately. Photos by Christopher Lee.

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Minimalism, matte black finishes, concrete, russet, olive green and blush all had a say in this home's design. The living room's centerpiece, a sofa from Article, opens the door to our soft pastel scheme.

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An amazing Crate and Barrel rug with graphite stripes lays down a simple base for khaki green chairs from Urban Outfitters and rust-tone pillows from West Elm. A little blush goes a long way. Here, it's as light as a kiss.

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The Cobra lamp from France & Son brings a hit of danger to the space with its stealthy darkness and sinuous shape. We like adding the tension of an unexpected piece to each room.

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A look into the dining room and kitchen reveals more matte black in the Serge Mouille-style lighting fixture and counter stools. In the foreground, a Blu Dot smoked-glass coffee table brings in a moody feel.

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The undisputed star of the dining room is a large art piece from German textile artist Meike Legler. The subtle color palette of the fabric piece brings out the aloe-green chairs from Article. Living Spaces' industrial dining table completes our matte black metal theme. Simplicity is sometimes the most elegant solution.

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Here, Urban Outfitters' concrete side table lends heft next to the sofa. A pale terracotta pillow ties into a hit of peach in the small potted succulent.

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Proof positive that a fiddle-leaf fig looks good everywhere!

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Graphic, bold, simple. These adjectives all describe the counter stools we found at Industry West, one of our fave stores for bar stools. We brought in natural bamboo, white and blush rose accents.

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Fresh white pendants over the kitchen island. A refreshing mix adding contrast.

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In the master bedroom, an Art Deco-influenced bed adds height and drama. Millennial Pink counterpoise lamps with marble bases tie-in to the pink tones of the Meike Legler art and throw pillow.

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This quiet moment in a corner of the master bedroom brought to you by CB2 and Structube. We fell in love with CB2's Antonio Acrylic Chair at first sight and when we spied Structube's tomato red ottoman, we knew these were a match made in heaven. Just add a print from Jenny's Print Shop and a subtly-patterned World Market rug.

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Meike Legler's pale pastel art is made up of pieces of fabric stitched together. It makes a strong statement here, but with a soft speaking voice. We simply love how well it plays with our color story here.

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We love bathrooms with tile all the way to the ceiling. And when you add an awesome pendant light and double-tall mirrors, well, all the better.

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With a home office this flippin' cute you might never get any work done. But you'll sure have fun looking around. We'd been wanting to put a Stendig calendar into a home staging project for-EV-er, and finally we got to. Love how Article's blush chair looks here too with the surprisingly chic IKEA Torsby desk.

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A cozy settee from West Elm on the opposite wall of the home office wears a chic patterned fabric. A simple black and chrome globe lamp and a framed fashion print taken from a coffee table photography book complete the look.

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CB2 has really embraced this whole 1980s Post Modernist thing and we embrace CB2 (big hugs!) for creating the Azalea Moon Chair. A dragon plant in a rounded ceramic vessel and a few office necessities on a matte black bookcase make this one cool corner.

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A guest bedroom steals the show with oversized chrome mushroom lamps and Urban Outfitters' cuter-than-cute Art Deco-style nightstands. Another Jenny's Print Shop original in a fresh white frame finishes it out.

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VITAE II: A Costa Mesa Residence

Facing the creative challenge to stage two separate residences for our developer client, Planet Home Living, we decided to give each one its own distinct personality. VITAE I is all coastal blues, whites and indigo Shibori. VITAE II has an earthier palette with Navajo influences and a color palette that embraces both a warm rose and hits of black. All photos by Christopher Lee

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A dark gray sectional sofa from Wayfair contrasts with layered rugs -- one seagrass with fringe and the other a Navajo-inspired kilim. Urban Outfitters sconces warm up a corner

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White molded plastic Eames chairs around a World Market farmhouse table in this open-concept dining room. Cement pendants hang over a large kitchen island.

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A geometric wallpaper defines a built-in desk for a central homework spot or a chance to catch up on a little work from home.

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Room + Board's matte black coffee table is a grounding element against the rug's earthy colors.

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The master bedroom, with soft rose and crisp black against white linen. The Target mirror is just the dramatic energy we needed on an adjacent wall.

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We love using rustic ladders to hold extra textiles. The rug picks up on warm pink and taupe tones. Simple black sconces and nightstands add a touch of gravity.

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Linens are from H&M Home and various etsy sellers. We source from all over and reach for what catches our eye.

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Not ones to leave out the details, we love adding organic and earthy touches to bathrooms when staging.

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A peek into a guest bedroom shows one of our fave color combos: Millennial pink with tropical green -- and a fave motif, the palm leaf. A white shag rug underfoot feels cozy. Urban Outfitters makes the chair.

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The roofline next door creates "art" above the bed. Urban Outfitters makes the adorable gumball sconces and those nightstands are a Target Threshold item.

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That awesome round pink mirror? Oh yes, that's from Umbra.

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We collaborated with clothing designer Amuse Society to dress the studio/office space. Urban Outfitters work stools surround a John Boos bar-height work table.

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A World Market chair sports a cute 'lil' kilim pillow and a pink tie-dye throw from Urban Outfitters.

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VITAE I: A Costa Mesa Residence

A new development from Planet Home Living, VITAE is a community of coastal residences located in Costa Mesa, home of surfer dudes, tech-y professionals and beach-loving families alike. It's a laid-back mix of lifestyles -- and Madison Modern Home was called in to stage two units to reflect these diverse tastes. We responded by pulling together two different styles. VITAE I is based on beachy blues, high-touch textiles and a fresh color palette. All photos by Christopher Lee

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A woven leather chair we found at Saffron + Poe lounges atop a seagrass rug. West Elm's hammered metal coffee table brings global appeal.

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We found tie-die and Shibori linen pillows from etsy sources like WanderHomeCreations

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A custom-made linen slipcovered sofa speaks beachy-fresh while inviting swimsuit-clad kids -- and even dogs -- atop its washable fabric. A tree stump side table from West Elm and a potted cactus bring the Eastside cool.

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Tom Dixon-style pendants oversee a white quartz-topped kitchen island. We added industrial bar stools. Outside on the patio, a living wall of herbs and greens fresh for the picking.

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Pier One's Eastwood dining table pairs with wishbone chairs for a global play on beach house style. Blue and white pull the look together.

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A view toward the kitchen reveals a blue hex tile backsplash and warm wood cabinets. Our schoolhouse-style counter stools evoke industrial charm.

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Details, details. Because they matter.

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The pillow is from Living Spaces and the side table is a Home Goods find.

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The master bedroom sports a mix of white and blue linen bedding from sources like H&M Home and etsy sellers. A Living Spaces trunk has a beachy weathered wood feel and a rattan lounge chair from World Market adds laid-back style. It all sits on a Moroccan shag rug from RugsUSA.

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A sliding barn door telegraphs relaxed living.

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Recipe for success: Plants, plants and more plants. And even more plants. Did we mention that we love plants?

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In a guest bedroom, a blue ombre lamp from Urban Outfitters echoes a blue ombre pillow, found on etsy.

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We love sourcing interesting items from unlikely sources like, site of this end table find.

Hollywood Hills Project

We were contacted by our client to stage a multi-story architectural modern in a prime Hollywood Hills neighborhood, and once we toured the property, the swooning began immediately. White walls, lots of natural light, big rooms. Some of our fave things! We brought our imaginations to this one -- mixing in some of the client's own modern furnishings with ours. All photos by Christopher Lee.

A modern white sofa plays well with others. In this case, a glass coffee table, candy-colored books and art (love this awesome Vasarely print from!) and layered fluffy rugs.

Saarinen dining chairs gather 'round a massive glass-top table. Nothing but large-scale photography would work in this dramatic setting. The two original photographs don't disappoint.

In the media room, we brought in West Elm's Brooklyn leather sofa in Licorice, a Nelson bench as a coffee table, a cowhide and a vintage MCM end table.

A vintage French movie poster provides background drama to modernist leather chairs.

Another piece of dramatic artwork we brought is this Urs Fischer exhibit poster for MOCA.

Our fave corner of the master bedroom -- pretty much the perfect spot to settle in and read a book. A Saarinen Womb chair, a one-of-a-kind MCM credenza and a fiddle leaf fig are all you need!

The master bath is a study in zen. As in, how amazingly zen it would be to cram nine thousand succulents into that open shelving. Too much?

A guest bedroom gets the textural treatment, thanks to the awesomeness of H&M Home's linens.

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The office (above) and kitchen (below) gave us ample opportunity to stretch our color palette into orange and blush pink.

Frogtown Flip Staging

Our headquarters is about a stone's throw away from Frogtown (Elysian Valley, Elysian Park), a hip LA neighborhood that's really taking off - and we love staging over there. In fact, our very first (!) professional NELA staging was on Elmgrove in LA's famous Frogtown (named for the melodious frogs that sing along the LA River). We did this one awhile ago, people, so bear with us. It's been busy!

In the living room, we kept things simple, high contrast, textural and ethnic. We love how the tribal pattern rug looks layered with a large sheepskin. The West Elm credenza is low and sleek, and World Market's Mid Century modern coffee table is one of our faves.

Can you spot the fake fiddle leaf fig? Yeah, right there in the corner. It's sooooo much easier than remembering to water those suckers.

Is there a modern room than can't be improved with some Eames? Yeah, we don't think so either. Gray Eames replica chairs cozy up to an MCM table in the dining area.

We really loved this kitchen - and we see A LOT of kitchens. It's compact but efficient, and that open shelving. Our little hearts go pitter-pat at the sight of it.

A small area off the kitchen offers space for a desk and chair. Open to the backyard breezes, this makes working from home hardly seem like work at all.

The master bedroom gets a strong dose of blue, and an awesome macrame wall hanging. Not to mention a vintage church pew at the foot of the bed.

This home has a secret room upstairs - accessible by ladder. And, yes, that's a fully lined cedar closet. Moths? What moths?

An all-white room. Add some indigo and a vintage MCM chair and it's all good.

Louis cube tile in the shower. We added an African birthing chair and spa accessories.

A smaller bedroom gets a twin bed and some bright orange. We love the Made in LA framed art poster. The side table was sourced at Pepe's Furniture in Echo Park.

We love staging garages, and this one was no exception. Industrial touches feel right at home here - along with a few Mid Century modern pieces.