Paradise in Pasadena

Every once in a while we are given a job that tests our creativity. We look at a space and the wheels start turning. In Pasadena we were given a canvas like no other. Floor to ceiling windows looking out at tall bamboo stalks and unlimited greenery, a beautiful deck with modern patio furniture. 

If there is one thing about this living room that screams Madison Modern Home, it would be the pop of color paired with all of the modern furniture. Having a seat on that sofa will give anyone a relaxing view of the gorgeous hills in Pasadena. 

A modern dining table dressed with neutral ceramics and some colorful sprouts to add some life to every family meal. 

At the end of the day, wrap yourself up in warm quilt and enjoy a tree house style view outside your bedroom window. 

It's safe to say, Paradise in Pasadena was a definite success. 

Venice Beach Bungalow

  Our client came to us with a beach side bungalow in Venice, offering a great space for a clash of vintage meets modern, in other words, a designers playground. As a company that loves an open floor plan and quirky art, Venice was the perfect place to add a splash of color to some neutral furnishings.

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The mid-century credenza partnered with the vintage Moroccan Beni Ourain rug gives the room an earthy undertone that partners well with the Venice beach vibe. 

We furnished the listening corner with an arc lamp and a cowhide rug to add an organic meets modern shape to the mix. Complete with a textile throw pillow, you could be enjoying the turntable or reading a book, either way you will be more than comfortable.

Going to sleep in the master bedroom, your eyes and senses are pleased with an abundance of soft neutrals. We put a wooden lounge chair in the corner that is drenched in natural light, greeting you for your morning coffee.

1930s Duplex Meets MCM Style

When our client contacted us after moving into an adorable duplex on a tree-lined street, we were more than excited to help her fill it with her unique style. We devised a design scheme that ties in mid-century modern pieces — which we felt would complement the home’s 1930s style architecture — with modern elements to freshen the home’s overall feel. We brought in a bounty of colors, textures and prints to give the home an eclectic personality. Since our client has a young son, we made sure to incorporate plenty of upholstered pieces and layered rugs for comfort, as well as a gallery wall to display family photos.

In the main seating area of the living room, we sourced a Chesterfield sofa in an oatmeal color for a dose of sophistication. We then brought in loads of color and warmth with a brightly hued kilim rug, which we found for a steal. A rattan chair (a one-of-a-kind vintage piece we snagged from eBay) and other rustic elements lend the room a collected-over-time look.

To tie in the mid-century pieces used liberally in the home, we added an Eames-copycat round coffee table for a fraction of the price of an original. The art on the focal wall is crafted from budget-friendly wrapping paper sheets and affordable frames. The sofa pillows and table lamp are all from Pier One.

In our client’s son’s room, we created an IKEA hack out of two Stuva benches (which ingeniously hide a multitude of toys). We had a piece of foam upholstered for atop the bench to create a window seat, providing quality cuddle-up space.

The flame color of the IKEA Strandmon chair provides a bold graphic punch. An articulated lamp (IKEA’s Rannarp) lights up the cozy reading nook perfect for bedtime stories. The mid-century modern dresser came from Highland Park’s own Sunbeam Vintage, a favorite haunt. A complementary kilim rug finishes out the space and ties the two rooms together.

In the living room bump-out space, a peacock and gold wing back chair makes a big statement paired with a fiddle-leaf fig (the plant most coveted by design lovers). The chair — a cast-off from a former client — had been previously upholstered in a sad pink floral print. It now serves our client as a meditation and reflection chair.

A small mid-century modern credenza found on craigslist was just the right size for our client’s television to perch upon and to hide unsightly cords. We sourced the entry cabinet at an Echo Park vintage shop. The small turquoise lamp is from Pier One. Yellow curtains with organic patterns bring sunshine indoors and play off the warm tones found throughout the home.

make mine modern

We completely re-imagined two rooms for a Windsor Hills, CA, client who loves Mid Century modern style. She had acquired some nice pieces already, but just didn’t know quite how to pull the entire look together. She also wanted a way to display some of her prized African artifacts.

Enter Madison Modern Home, and a brand new living room and dining room began to take shape, complete with a rustic stacked stone fireplace and reclaimed wood mantel to replace the outdated brick and mirror. We sourced bright yellow modern chairs, a cobalt blue rug, kilim and richly textured pillows, Moroccan patterned curtains and new lighting. In the dining room, it was a complete overhaul — featuring a sleek dining table and chairs, original art and an eye-catching three-light pendant.

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Rachel Moore, lead designer at Madison Modern Home, attaches her art to the living room wall. All art and photography are originals

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We were influenced by tribal patterns and textures, and incorporated many of the client’s existing African finds

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Two stand-out yellow chairs found at Plummers anchor the living room

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Pottery Barn’s richly textured indigo Bosworth rug sets the stage for our bright yellows and oranges

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Credenza from Design Within Reach, a modern glass-top cocktail table and a vintage wood sunburst clock

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The side table is from Crate and Barrel, the drum is African

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Pottery Barn’s reclaimed wood mantel tops off the fireplace

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We had a bench custom upholstered to serve as a piano bench. A fiddle leaf fig nestles into a textural basket

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The yellow chairs contrast with the muted blue tones of the rug

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Blue, orange and yellow were the predominant accent colors used in our design

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Kilim and textural tribal pattern pillows were sourced on etsy. Built-in shelves were decorated with mementos, new and old

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A view into the living room from the dining room. An original B&W photo of Arizona clouds by Steve Powell of Ten Bee Photography on the mantel

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A view into the dining room from the living room

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The star of the dining room is a show-stopping Ballard Designs pendant in aged brass. The curtains are from West Elm

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Clean, simple modern shapes prevail in this design makeover

staging for the modern world

Our most recent home staging projects have afforded us multiple opportunities to get our modern style on big-time. First, a Mid Century modern gem of a family home in La Canada, second, a three-story modern bachelor pad built on a Pasadena hillside, and third, a classic MCM condo in the famed Pasadena San Pasqual complex, the location used as Luke Wilson’s apartment in the HBO series Enlightened.

La Canada MCM Family Home

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What better complement to a glass on glass dining table than iconic modern Panton S chairs and a couple of Eames molded plywood head chairs? A stretched piece of Marrimekko fabric hangs above a modern buffet.

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The built-in kitchen desk just begged for a white Saarinen style chair and jolts of bright color.

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A pair of modern lounge chairs and a cowhide rug in the family room.

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Pasadena Modern Bachelor Pad:

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Two Barcelona chairs, a Saarinen side table and an arc lamp = modern perfection. Art by Stephen Rowe.

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A modern white lacquer credenza needs only a few coffee table books and a touch of the natural world, in this case, a burled wood knot and a piece of driftwood.

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Bright tangerine chairs in the breakfast nook.

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More abstract art by Stephen Rowe and a cowhide rug in the living room.

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The dining room’s custom metal and glass table is the perfect foil for simple white and wood chairs and arresting art.

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A white plaster chihuahua is a playful nod.

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In the master bedroom, the Rowe original with Aboriginal influences inspired the dark gray and red scheme. Ottomans at foot of bed by Target.

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The family room is mostly white…

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… which we accented with touches of bright green.

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A guest bedroom off the kitchen shares the same bright orange hue.

A Classic MCM Apartment:

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A Mid Century modern style sectional from HD Buttercup in LA pairs with a graphic maze pattern rug and wire Bertoia style chairs.

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In the background, IKEA’s STRANDMON wing chair, a re-issued classic and a leaning bookcase.

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The bedroom’s painted headboard proves that DIY projects can have a huge impact on a tight budget.

staging west hollywood

Just staged an adorable condo in West Hollywood in an Anthro-industrial style. Just steps away from the legendary Sunset Strip and all the nightlife that location has to offer. Imagine stumbling up the hill a couple blacks from your nite-cap spot of choice. Wake up to birds chirping on your private hillside view balcony. Sweet, we say. Sweet.

A statement-piece industrial light fixture shines down on the citron tufted Victorian style sofa, curvy white modern side table and reclaimed wood cocktail table. Underneath it all, a purring cheetah print cowhide adds just a note of glam. Oh, and the vintage repro phone, too.

Strong art for a strong room. A simple industrial floor lamp from Target and a bright orange patterned pillow add the right touches.

We brought in modern white chairs to pair with a capiz shell pendant and mullioned wall mirror.

staging silverlake and echo park

We just had the opportunity to stage two awesome homes in the Echo Park/Silverlake area of LA. Both homes are in great neighborhoods with off-the-charts walkability scores — we’re talking right up the street from majorly cute restaurants, shops, galleries and cafes. Got to use a lot of vintage pieces in each home and even test drive some of our newly-upcycled stuff …

We found the Mid Century modern sofa on craigslist for only $100 (!) and had the cushions reupholstered in a vintage-y nubby orange fabric by Victor at House of a Thousand Fabrics in nearby Atwater Village.

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The Navajo fabric wingchair was also a “rescue mission.” The sad floral chair was found on the street and given a new life. We love the Navajo fabric, sourced at Mood in LA.

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The faux bamboo headboard came from a fab vintage store in LA’s Garvanza district. We bought a set of two, painted one black and we’re using the other one as-is in another staging — but will paint it black sooon. Can’t wait to put these babies together in a room with a nightstand and lamp between them!

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We put one of our vintage peacock chairs in the master bedroom, pairing it with a small vintage side table.

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In the Echo Park house, we went with a more upscale look — a little less funky and a lot more elegant. The arc lamp was a prize we won in a Lamps Plus giveaway :) And the zebra print cowhide rug was found on craigslist. The cocktail table and Moroccan tray table are antiques.

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In the detached studio space, an Airbnb just waiting to happen. We used modular sectional sofa pieces to create just the right configuration and added a Nelson bench repro, “Barce-clona” chairs in crisp white leather, a modern credenza and a graphic cowhide rug underneath it all. Framed textured paper from Swain’s Art Supplies in Glendale adds to the gallery vibe.

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eastside meets westside ... with a little peacock chair thrown in

We just staged the sweetest Spanish style duplex in MidCity, one of the hottest new L.A. areas. Check out our pics.

Urban Outfitters’ Either/Or Sofa in mustard yellow brings a ray of sunshine to the room.

We scored a bunch of birch logs from a client who had buckets full of them in their yard. A vintage globe on top of a handmade table makes a sculptural hearth-topper.

Our Saarinen tulip side table knockoff is topped with marble just like the real-deal.

This thrifted basket can be an ottoman or a handy firewood basket when flipped over — or, really, whatever you want it to be. We found the slat coffee table at an Echo Park vintage store, and the peacock chair for just $40 at a thrift shop!

West Elm’s linen flax settee (now discontinued in this ikat fabric) makes fine seating with a bentwood chair and an IKEA DOCKSTA.