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.

Color and Contrast Take Center Stage in a Pasadena Modern Craftsman

When our house flipping client came to us with their updated Pasadena Craftsman looking for us to stage it, we got pretty excited. Then, when we toured the property during construction, little wheels in our heads started turning right away. To say we had fun with this one is an under-statement. The black-framed windows alone spoke to us so loudly, we couldn't think clearly, OK? Photos by Christopher Lee.

West Elm's Layla rug was our first purchase -- and the room's color inspiration. Its Moroccan tile pattern and random red-orange accents gave us permission to go bold with CB2's bright pouf - and some richly toned kilim pillows from Etsy.

West Elm's Layla rug was our first purchase -- and the room's color inspiration. Its Moroccan tile pattern and random red-orange accents gave us permission to go bold with CB2's bright pouf - and some richly toned kilim pillows from Etsy.

Our second bold accent color - yellow - makes an appearance in the form of a coffee table book. The Mid Century modern coffee table is a World Market find. We shop EVERYWHERE. Yes, you've probably seen us out there.

Our second bold accent color - yellow - makes an appearance in the form of a coffee table book. The Mid Century modern coffee table is a World Market find. We shop EVERYWHERE. Yes, you've probably seen us out there.

When you just happen to have an awesome vintage Bollywood poster, you just have to use it. Especially when it picks up on your colors. Below it, a vintage dresser (from craigslist, people!) we're using as a credenza, with a vintage brass lamp (thrifted!) and oversized black shade for drama.

When you just happen to have an awesome vintage Bollywood poster, you just have to use it. Especially when it picks up on your colors. Below it, a vintage dresser (from craigslist, people!) we're using as a credenza, with a vintage brass lamp (thrifted!) and oversized black shade for drama.

Just love these IKEA Viktigt chairs, from one of their newest lines. OK, kill us, we shop at IKEA.

Just love these IKEA Viktigt chairs, from one of their newest lines. OK, kill us, we shop at IKEA.

At the entry, this bookcase from LA's Moti Roma holds treasures. And nothing says welcome like a Cameroonian juju feather headdress in shocking orange. We even love IKEA's Viktigt basket to hold more kilim-y goodness.

At the entry, this bookcase from LA's Moti Roma holds treasures. And nothing says welcome like a Cameroonian juju feather headdress in shocking orange. We even love IKEA's Viktigt basket to hold more kilim-y goodness.

We'll move on to other rooms soon, but pretty please look at this rustic wood ladder next to the rad sliding barn door our client used. A burlap coffee sack is casually placed there as if by accident (riiiiiiiiggghhhht).

We'll move on to other rooms soon, but pretty please look at this rustic wood ladder next to the rad sliding barn door our client used. A burlap coffee sack is casually placed there as if by accident (riiiiiiiiggghhhht).

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Hello, World Market Flynn Hairpin Leg chairs. We see you there looking all cute around a vintage table we found at Pepe's Furniture in Echo Park. Oh, and you're sporting a red kilim pillow, too, are you?

Hello, World Market Flynn Hairpin Leg chairs. We see you there looking all cute around a vintage table we found at Pepe's Furniture in Echo Park. Oh, and you're sporting a red kilim pillow, too, are you?

We wouldn't be lying if we said this was one of our fave kitchens. Ever.

We wouldn't be lying if we said this was one of our fave kitchens. Ever.

Master bedroom details, with more Etsy kilim.

Master bedroom details, with more Etsy kilim.

IKEA's simple globe lamps create a soft and glowy light. Almost childlike in its appeal, and something you never outgrow.

IKEA's simple globe lamps create a soft and glowy light. Almost childlike in its appeal, and something you never outgrow.

Master bath detail. The dark walls carry the contrast theme throughout the house.

Master bath detail. The dark walls carry the contrast theme throughout the house.

Another bedroom. This time, with a rustic camp theme. We hung a vintage canteen above the bed because, well, because we could.

Another bedroom. This time, with a rustic camp theme. We hung a vintage canteen above the bed because, well, because we could.

It's a real tree trunk, thrifted in Eagle Rock, and H&M Home pillow.

It's a real tree trunk, thrifted in Eagle Rock, and H&M Home pillow.

Thank you, H&M Home, for always having amazing pillows. Industry tip: When you see something you love in home decor, snatch it up quick, because H&M sells out of popular items fast. And when they're gone, they're gone.

Thank you, H&M Home, for always having amazing pillows. Industry tip: When you see something you love in home decor, snatch it up quick, because H&M sells out of popular items fast. And when they're gone, they're gone.

And you thought you'd already seen enough cute bedrooms. But wait, there's one more.

And you thought you'd already seen enough cute bedrooms. But wait, there's one more.

Ochre, gray and brass. Brass is back. in a big way. We don't see it going away anytime soon. And that's fine with us.

Ochre, gray and brass. Brass is back. in a big way. We don't see it going away anytime soon. And that's fine with us.

Our peacock chair looks right at home in this bedroom.

Our peacock chair looks right at home in this bedroom.

The awesome backyard deck is made even more welcoming with a sectional sofa.

The awesome backyard deck is made even more welcoming with a sectional sofa.

White Tolix chairs always look fresh around IKEA's Falster table.

White Tolix chairs always look fresh around IKEA's Falster table.

Scandi Modern Style in Eagle Rock

We staged this awesome model unit in a new Eagle Rock small lot development - PRISM - by Planet Home Living. We used a fresh Scandinavian modern style, and kept the palette simple with neutral textural elements to enhance the space. And boy, was it fun to style! Photos by Christopher Lee, unless otherwise noted.

Fresh white walls are the ideal backdrop for a minimal Scandi look, don't you think? The Saarinen style coffee table is from Sunbeam Vintage in Highland Park (one of our faves!), the credenza was handmade by Pepe's Furniture in Echo Park, and the bookcases are Threshold from Target.

An Urban Outfitters woven chair with a CB2 pillow and a Target Threshold bookcase. The side table is vintage and full of basket-wonderfulness.

We LOVE West Elm's Axel sofa in buttery soft leather, and casually tossed a CB2 pillow and Mexican blanket atop it, as if we just don't care.

Sunlight fills the modern space, ready for chillin' or entertaining, and the bookcases offer a multitude of styling opportunities. Oh, and a place to store your (only the pretty ones, please) books.

Oh, how we do love Pepe's Furniture and their woodworking abilities. Custom furniture that only looks vintage (shhhh, don't tell). A saucer planter from Potted Store in Atwater, modern coffee table books and simple pottery complete the look.

We love the textural woven mix of all things basket-y, including this chair and vintage side table. A cowhide rug defines the space organically without boxing in the living area in this open-concept room.

Potted Store in Atwater was the source of Modernica's Case Study planter and an awesome mother-in-law's tongue plant. Because plants are so hot right now.

A vintage arc lamp curves across the living room, adding a dramatic sculptural element.

The view from the dining room to the living area. Photo by Chang Kyun Kim.

A mix of curated collectibles fills the bookshelves. We find our accessories everywhere -- from thrift shops to garage sales to flea markets. One fave source is Glendale's GCC Flea Market -- the 3rd Sunday of each month. Just go. You'll thank us later.

Photo by Chang Kyun Kim.

In the dining room, four Breuer Cesca chairs and two West Elm Mid Century Dining Chairs gather 'round a Danish modern dining table

We hung IKEA's Sinnerlig pendant over the dining table for some neutral textural energy.

Fresh is the only way we can describe this kitchen, with its Scandi simplicity -- Oh, and those Target counter stools (yes, Threshold).

We love a good pantry, and this one was no exception. A few simple corked containers from IKEA and a few rustic accents are all you need to convey organization with a capital "O."

A flat African basket and some worn wooden bowls on the dining table.

Oh, and do shop at World Market for all your cloth napkins, people.

We used a floating wood platform bed, a vintage slat bench, PB Teen's Cave Chair, vintage Mid Century modern nightstands and a tribal pattern rug from World Market in the master bedroom. Those awesome gumball lamps are from -- wait for it -- Target. Photo by Chang Kyun Kim.

The cross pillow is from Home Goods, the Mongolian sheepskin throw is a Target steal and the Moroccan drum table is, well, a real drum.

When you really, really want a Franz Kline image over the bed. But, you really, really don't want to pay for it, do what we did. DIY it.

Run, do not walk to H&M Home for yummy 100% pure linen bedding and use our little secret: H&M's real cotton and linen tablecloths, which make fine sheets and layers.

More adventures in the guest room, where we employed Urban Outfitters' tassel bedding, a set of cute Target nightstands and a CB2 pillow.

A custom upholstered chair, a graphic patterned basket found at a thrift shop and a gig poster by Gina Kelly. 

A handmade macrame wall hanging.

We kept artwork simple. Our lead designer Rachel Moore created it specifically for this home.

Don't you just love the simplicity of this powder room?

We're crushing on the packaging of Marlowe's skin care line for men. So simple and, well, clean (no pun intended).

Because you absolutely, positively cannot live without outdoor space.... Here's the patio! A butterfly chair, a Loll Designs end table and a graphic pillow. Landscape design by Potted Store.

Ranch House Revamp for Madison Modern Home's owner/designer Robin DeCapua

The most difficult project for any designer is one's own house. I recently took on such a project: The 1955 Glendale, CA ranch-style home I share with my husband Jerry. Our home is on Madison Way and served as the inspiration for our company's name. So one might say this is "THE Madison Modern Home." Over the course of 15 or so years, we had slowly remodeled each room (sometimes more than once!), but had never taken a completely fresh look at the home. It was a little here, a little there. You know the story...

So we started with installing hardwood floors throughout the 1,400 square-foot space and painting everything Benjamin Moore's Smoke Embers. Then we cleared out any furniture that wasn't going to work. But we were left with a pretty empty house. So many possibilities, though...

ABOVE: The living room -- ready for a transformation. Floors are in -- but not much else. We know we're keeping the sectional sofa, but the rest has got to go!

To complete the transformation, we also painted our fireplace white to fit the Mid Century modern vibe we were after. But with that done, what's a girl to do? Get to shopping!

Our first big purchase was the Baxter Rug in Indigo from Crate and Barrel. We added a Mid Century modern coffee table found at Pepe's Furniture in Echo Park, a Barce-CLONE-a chair purchased from a friend, pillows from Etsy, a fiddle leaf fig, an open architecture bookcase, a vintage credenza (also from Pepe's) and a Serge-Mouilles inspired floor lamp

Over a cowhide rug, more Etsy pillows top a pair of West Elm Lucas Swivel Base Chairs

A Saarinen side table provides a sinuous white platform for coffee and reading materials. The finished fireplace now features a screen from Crate and Barrel.

Looking toward the entry, where we removed a pony-wall to enlarge the space, you see a modern wood console and a Mid Century modern chair we found on craigslist in 2008 and had reupholstered in rich blue.

One of the challenges inherent in creating two separate living spaces in one great room is rugs. Also, how do you deal with a chamfered-front fireplace? The organic free-form cowhide rug serves the smaller space, while a room-filling 9x12 fills the larger. The magazine rack was a Crate and Barrel find.

I knew I wanted to work with indigo as my base color. And a red-orange accent. Black, white and green play supporting roles as well. The bookcase was treated with a mostly neutral palette, accented with hits of bright hues and warm wood.

I had some custom pillows made from vintage Persian rug fragments and gathered odd and interesting objects found at thrift stores and collected over the years.

Our dining room needed a jolt of red-orange, and West Elm's Mid Century Dining Chair was just the ticket. We paired them with a handmade table and framed B&W Beatles photos

Since the kitchen opens right onto the dining room, we decided to rip out the existing kitchen island and replace it with Crate and Barrel's Sheridan Kitchen Island. Our kitchen had been repainted a year ago, and we had replaced cabinet knobs and pulls, so it was pretty much updated already

The next rooms to address were the master bedroom and the guest room. Each was treated to a rug, a queen size bed, nightstands, lamps found at Home Goods, new bedding -- and more Etsy pillows!

In the master bedroom, we faked a huge window behind the bed by running grommet top curtains from IKEA all along the wall to conceal an offset, badly placed window

The guest room has enough space for a small desk and chair. The desk is from one of IKEA's new lines







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Hollywood Livin'

Many of us dream of the idea of living off Hollywood Blvd in that perfect space we get to call our own. Recently, the Madison Modern Home team staged another loft in Hollywood where modern furniture was used to dress up an already glamorous location. 

The warm accent color catches anyones eyes and offers a comforting feeling of home. The large windows invite in the afternoon sun, highlighting the immaculate finish of the loft. 

This space is perfect for entertaining (and impressing) guests, so we decided to dress the table with some soft color dinner ware. The four photos hanging on the wall give a non-intrusive sense of visual stimulation while you are enjoying your meal with visitors.  

Hollywood has a name that will never die. The iconic location where dreams become reality. In this gorgeous loft you can have it all. Luxury, comfort, glam, and of course the Hollywood dream. 

Westside home welcomes color!

Traveling to the westside to stage a home always entails bringing a pop of color to spice things up. We brought in a majority of soft neutrals to balance the living room out with the orange accent color. 

We staged the dining table with a simple, colorful plate combination joined by some modern glass tea cups. Our designers love staying true to the beachy vibe of the westside by using aquatic art paired with vintage photographs. This always brings a strong sense of home to anyone that enters. 

Overall, the MadMod team couldn't be happier with our outcome. We came, we staged, we conquered.