iconic style: staging a modern architectural home

When the call came to stage a sleek modern space practically in our own backyard — Los Feliz — we jumped. Seeing the home for the first time, our minds raced to all the possibilities of staging it with iconic modern pieces to complement its museum-white walls and angled rooms. Not a square box-shaped room in the place!

Enter our new favorite (super secret local) source for iconic chairs, tables and accent pieces. We styled the living room simply with a clean-lined sofa, thick shag rug, lily-pad style cocktail table and some iconic chairs: Eames molded plywood reproduction and a pair of Bertoia wire chairs (repros, too!). Hits of orange add a top note.

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We love the way orange looks in modern settings. Is orange really the new black? We think so.

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We sourced the Eames chairs below for a cool $50 each because the backs were disconnected. A quick handyman task later (complete with Gorilla Glue and some new hardware) equals NEW CHAIRS.

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A step-down area in the living room is treated to a hip safari theme — pony hide print chair, masculine artifacts and an African walking stick.

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We love styling bookcases. We add touches of nature — a manzanita branch, a potted succulent or an interesting piece of coral — because nature is always modern. A modern art table sculpture doesn’t hurt either.

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On the far wall, we framed highly textured paper we found at Swain’s Art Supplies in Glendale and framed in IKEA’s glossy gray square RIBBA frames.

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The dining room screamed out for a set of four black repro Panton S chairs accented with two white ones. The glass on glass table virtually disappears, highlighting the cowhide rug beneath. Man-glam, you could call it?

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Off the dining room, we styled a small office using a vintage Mid Century modern desk and a repro Saarinen tulip chair. IKEA’s STRANDMON chair in navy creates a cozy reading nook.

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The master bedroom is bathed in neutral brown and taupe with high notes of crisp blue.

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We love the versatility of an Eames molded plastic chair repro, especially with wooden dowel legs. We literally use these everywhere.

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Nate Berkus designed the comforter, sourced from his line for Target.

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The second bedroom became a “play zone” for us. Straddling the line between an adult and child’s room, we remained ambiguous, but it all has a sense of fun, doesn’t it?

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Our beloved Modernica Eames-style rocker in bright red was bought for only $50!

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If ever presented with the opportunity to purchase a Scandi-style wooden horse in a sweater, please do so — at once.

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