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 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.

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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.

Staging a Hip Flip

We have the best job ever. Hands down. OK, now that we've gotten that out of the way, here's why: We get to stage the most amazing homes all over LA. This awesome Highland Park bungalow was no exception. Without further ado, I give you San Rafael Ave, in all its Mid Century cuteness. All photos by Christine Bullard.

Yes, our amazing client (who's a graphic designer) actually designed the stenciling

We brought in a West Elm sofa, a Gus Modern coffee table and a vintage credenza. The Tom Dixon pendant lights and abstract style dining pendant were inspirations for our staging plan.

We love West Elm's Antwerp sofa for its delicate lines and soft gray fabric. She looks awesome everywhere. Muted orange and gold accents add contrast, and a cowhide rug adds organic texture.

A vintage dining table (found on craigslist!) pairs well with World Market Flynn Hairpin chairs. And who wouldn't die for that kitchen. We'll get to that soon!

Did someone say kitchen? Close your eyes and imagine the perfect bungalow kitchen. Yep, this is it. Custom wood shelving stretches across butcher block counter tops for tons of overhead storage (only the cute stuff, people! Remember it's on display).

This ingenious breakfast bar is EVERYTHING. Note how the open architecture lets you pull up a counter stool on either side. Now leggo my Eggo.

When staging a kitchen this cool, keep it simple, which is exactly what we did.

We staged one of the bedrooms as a home office, complete with a mini basket wall.

The master bedroom opens to the back patio. A Reservoir Dogs poster we found online was matted and framed in simple black metal. A Barce-CLONE-a bench sports a 'lil sheepskin.

A second bedroom looks out on the stenciled retaining wall. We kept colors simple and added pattern in an Urban Outfitters bedspread.

If you thought the kitchen was amazing, wait til you check out the bathrooms. Industrial, yet cozy. Modern, yet rustic. how do you stage something this cool? A few sea sponges and some fine hand soap. Thank you very much.

Oh, and you thought all this bathwonderfulness was over. Here's the master bath. We are officially in love.

While you're still here, let's take a quick look at the backyard. Don't want to leave just yet, do you?

This concludes our tour. Thank you for coming along for the ride. Until next time!

Staging an Encino Mid Century Modern Masterpiece

We have a deep abiding love of Mid Century modern design - in everything from architecture to furniture. So when we first saw this home, our jaws pretty much dropped to the floor. Eichler-style features such as glass walls, post-and-beam construction and an open floor plan were abundant. The homeowner had also added cool brass + glass pendants and sconces to complement the home's intrinsic appeal. Our staging goal was to begin with a Mid Century modern base - and layer in eclectic and personal pieces of decor and art to give the space a worldly, lived-in feel. All photography by Norris Photo

 A twilight shot of the exterior

A twilight shot of the exterior

 Outside the master bedroom, another patio, just right for two Panton chairs.

Outside the master bedroom, another patio, just right for two Panton chairs.

 The dramatic entry gives you a taste of what's to come.

The dramatic entry gives you a taste of what's to come.

 An abundance of outdoor space - and killer views.

An abundance of outdoor space - and killer views.

 The ink was barely dry on the contract when we started our design plan. A Brooklyn sofa and a pair of Lucas swivel base chairs from West Elm anchor the living area.

The ink was barely dry on the contract when we started our design plan. A Brooklyn sofa and a pair of Lucas swivel base chairs from West Elm anchor the living area.

 A Mid Century modern credenza, custom-made by Pepe's Furniture in Echo Park, holds court in the entry. And that medallion is EVERYTHING.

A Mid Century modern credenza, custom-made by Pepe's Furniture in Echo Park, holds court in the entry. And that medallion is EVERYTHING.

 An Eames replica lounger and ottoman because... well, just because.

An Eames replica lounger and ottoman because... well, just because.

 The open-space plan allowed for great flexibility in room layout. Luckily, the Nelson saucer pendant left no doubt as to the placement of the dining table. Bertoia and Saarinen chairs surround a paperclip table from World Market. Underneath, a nubby tribal pattern rug.

The open-space plan allowed for great flexibility in room layout. Luckily, the Nelson saucer pendant left no doubt as to the placement of the dining table. Bertoia and Saarinen chairs surround a paperclip table from World Market. Underneath, a nubby tribal pattern rug.

 We love how IKEA's Strandmon chair looks right at home here. The pillow's geo pattern echos the side table legs.

We love how IKEA's Strandmon chair looks right at home here. The pillow's geo pattern echos the side table legs.

 Glass walls create the sense of privacy without any loss of light.

Glass walls create the sense of privacy without any loss of light.

 This kitchen. This view. That pendant. Sign us up, please!

This kitchen. This view. That pendant. Sign us up, please!

 A cheeky Leon Trotsky B&W portrait peeks out from the kitchen. On the right, a glimpse into the office.

A cheeky Leon Trotsky B&W portrait peeks out from the kitchen. On the right, a glimpse into the office.

 Eames molded plywood chairs share office space with a West Elm bookcase and a white lacquer desk. The vintage Mid Century lamp was found at a Pensacola, FL thrift shop.

Eames molded plywood chairs share office space with a West Elm bookcase and a white lacquer desk. The vintage Mid Century lamp was found at a Pensacola, FL thrift shop.

 Neutral, modern shapes and vintage books fill out the shelves.

Neutral, modern shapes and vintage books fill out the shelves.

 The master bedroom is a study in simplicity and the power of a strong tribal pattern. In this case, a jute rug.

The master bedroom is a study in simplicity and the power of a strong tribal pattern. In this case, a jute rug.

 A massive egg chair we found online fills a corner.

A massive egg chair we found online fills a corner.

 Hallway built-ins get treated to an eclectic mix of worldly items, suggesting the homeowner is well-traveled.

Hallway built-ins get treated to an eclectic mix of worldly items, suggesting the homeowner is well-traveled.

 Not ones to leave out key details, we couldn't resist the awesome orange graphics of this toothpaste box.

Not ones to leave out key details, we couldn't resist the awesome orange graphics of this toothpaste box.

 Salmon tones in a second bedroom. A vintage kilim rug found in Paris serves to brighten a wooden headboard.

Salmon tones in a second bedroom. A vintage kilim rug found in Paris serves to brighten a wooden headboard.

 In another bedroom, a vintage arc lamp, embroidered pillow and Mid Century lamp.

In another bedroom, a vintage arc lamp, embroidered pillow and Mid Century lamp.

 Each bedroom has its own door to a small patio.

Each bedroom has its own door to a small patio.

 In our world, bathrooms aren't excluded from the decor landscape.

In our world, bathrooms aren't excluded from the decor landscape.

 To play up the inherent drama in the outside patio's pendant light, we added the dark and light contrast of black Panton chairs around a white picnic table.

To play up the inherent drama in the outside patio's pendant light, we added the dark and light contrast of black Panton chairs around a white picnic table.

 Acapulco style outdoor chairs on the patio.

Acapulco style outdoor chairs on the patio.