A Slice of Americana in a Westchester Farmhouse

We were hired to stage a Westchester new-build spec house in a very specific style - Urban Farmhouse in the manner of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper and Magnolia Home fame. We squealed with delight at the prospect of stretching our pastoral muscles to envision a space that would be at once compelling, urban and contemporary, while also honoring a plain-spoken simplicity and enhancing the work of our Los Angeles developer client, Blu and White. All photography by Christopher Lee.

7900 Dunbarton-7904.jpg

Our first impulse was to go with fresh off-white linen furniture in a pair of comfortably overstuffed Chesterfield tufted sofas, facing off with an industrial coffee table between them. A warm seagrass rug underfoot ensures a family-friendly vibe that says, “kick off your shoes and stay awhile.”

7900 Dunbarton-7895.jpg

A matched set of rustic wood and linen campaign-style chairs defy any particular genre and add their unique prairie-influenced accent to the space. We love their relaxed shape and mixed-material construction. The vintage pitchfork in the background was sourced at one of our favorite salvage vendors Silverado Salvage.

7900 Dunbarton-7959.jpg

Our goal with this staging was to mix whimsy with a serious chill factor. So when the absolute best rustic authentic ladder presented itself at Silverado Salvage, we said, “Oh, yes!” An oversized wood-slice mirror plays along, as do wood-topped end tables and a fiddle leaf fig.

7900 Dunbarton-7856.jpg

A casual basket of birch logs and a filigree end table help by softening the mood and creating moments for potential buyers. Moments that speak of a blazing fire in winter, a warm cup of tea while curled up on the sofa. Ah, moments.

7900 Dunbarton-7869.jpg

A demijohn bottle holds a simple spray of thistle plant. Mantel decor is kept neutral with vintage books and candlesticks.

7900 Dunbarton-7812.jpg

A peek toward the dining room reveals a farmhouse table (here, it’s IKEA’s Morbylanga) and a set of statement-making Windsor back chairs in black.

7900 Dunbarton-7769.jpg

These awesome high ceilings and a wow-factor chandelier worthy of Joanna Gaines herself ensure that this dining room won’t be ignored. A soft cowhide underfoot defines the area organically.

7900 Dunbarton-7811.jpg

We’ve accented the table with a runner, an oversized basket and a mercury glass vase filled with eucalyptus leaves. A stack of linen napkins await a heartwarming family dinner or potluck with friends.

7900 Dunbarton-7781.jpg

The open staircase’s black metal railing echoes our Windsor chairs. in the foreground, a trio of Emeco counter stools soften in gray.

7900 Dunbarton-7793.jpg
7900 Dunbarton-7775.jpg

Kitchen styling is deliberately pared-down for maximum impact. A galvanized metal tray holds a white pitcher, plant and a jar of sea salt. A rough-hewn cutting board is always at the ready for impromptu recipe-making.

7900 Dunbarton-7765.jpg

A vintage farmhouse ladle peeks out from behind an ironstone jar filled with wooden spoons.

7900 Dunbarton-7907.jpg

The all-important entry console in an industrial style holds baskets to accommodate mail, keys and a dog leash or two. A large open basket below corrals the family’s shoes and flip-flops.

7900 Dunbarton-7582.jpg

In the master bedroom, a grand rattan headboard holds court in a neutral color scheme under an oversized leather mirror from West Elm. Ample nightstands serve as individual dressers whose surfaces hold your latest bedtime read as well as double gourd lamps in a fresh white.

7900 Dunbarton-7594.jpg

We love styling beds in crisp white linens, with soft ticking stripes and a touch of gray.

7900 Dunbarton-7720.jpg

We are officially obsessed with staging bedrooms with dual twin beds, and we take every available opportunity to do so. When you have these awesome vintage headboards, how can you not? Fresh B&W buffalo check pillows are tempered with moss green accents and a ‘lil fiddle leaf fig.

7900 Dunbarton-7743.jpg

A globally influenced round table brings an organic touch to the room and pairs well with the rattan tones.

7900 Dunbarton-7701.jpg

This soft, gender-neutral nursery invites play and comfort with its light, bright vibe. A print from Juniper Print Shop injects a little whimsy.

7900 Dunbarton-7652.jpg

When presented with an ideal nursery corner, always, always, always add a teepee! We found this simple white linen teepee on Amazon, and paired it with a soft aqua kilim bench and a few toss pillows on a sheepskin.

7900 Dunbarton-7656.jpg
7900 Dunbarton-7657.jpg
7900 Dunbarton-7633.jpg

For your adult guests, treat them to this soothing guest bedroom with a tufted linen bed and organic tones. We’ve repeated certain colors and textures throughout the home — like basketweave — to create a cohesive feeling. A gray and white tribal textural rug warms the toes upon rising from this sweet spot.

7900 Dunbarton-7628.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-157.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-102.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-183.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-098.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-154.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-177.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-150.jpg

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

5131 Cartwright Ave-116.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-158.jpg

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

5131 Cartwright Ave-005.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-018.jpg
5131 Cartwright Ave-076.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-051.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-015.jpg
5131 Cartwright Ave-042.jpg
5131 Cartwright Ave-060.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-238.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-251.jpg
5131 Cartwright Ave-248.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-223.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-079.jpg

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.

5131 Cartwright Ave-093.jpg

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

531 Bernard-15.jpg

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

531 Bernard-16.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-31.jpg
531 Bernard-36.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-20.jpg
531 Bernard-51.jpg

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

531 Bernard-93.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-78.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-87.jpg
531 Bernard-99.jpg

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

531 Bernard-103.jpg

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

531 Bernard-74.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-69.jpg

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

531 Bernard-67.jpg
531 Bernard-122.jpg

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

531 Bernard-145.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-146.jpg

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

531 Bernard-159.jpg

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

531 Bernard-161.jpg

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

531 Bernard-163.jpg

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

531 Bernard-165.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-203.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-205.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-187.jpg

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

531 Bernard-233.jpg

Details, details. Because they matter.

531 Bernard-193.jpg

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

531 Bernard-311.jpg

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.

531 Bernard-256.jpg

A sliding barn door telegraphs relaxed living.

531 Bernard-266.jpg

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

531 Bernard-325.jpg

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

531 Bernard-346.jpg

We love sourcing interesting items from unlikely sources like overstock.com, 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 Art.com!) 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.

2130 Castillian Dr.-156.jpg

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