For this 1930s home in Silverlake, California, interior designer
Chad McPhail balanced furnishings that were period to the house with chic but relaxed 1970's pieces and a warm, neutral color palette for a vintage-inspired look that complements the home's unique architecture. 60
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Built in 1937, this home was designed in the Streamline Moderne style by architect William Kesling, which informed the design for the interior. McPhail's focus was to create a subdued yet textured look that makes the most of the strong Southern California sunlight.
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In the living room, bleached oak floors, mahogany and cork millwork, aluminum tiles and an original smoked mirror create a structured, neutral backdrop for a plush vintage Moroccan carpet from Mansour, a 1940's cocktail table, and a 1983 chair by Robert Wilhite. A Harry Bertoia lithograph hangs above the built-in seating, which is upholstered in Calvin Fabrics' Bozeman cotton boucle.
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The dining area is anchored by a custom limed oak and terrazzo pedestal table, which is surrounded by 1950's bent plywood chairs by Horgen-Glarus from Obsolete in Los Angeles. Motorized wood Venetian blinds provide privacy without limiting sunlight, and are in keeping with the aesthetic of the original steel windows.
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In the kitchen, the original plywood cabinetry was retained but subdued and freshened by painting the upper cabinets in Farrow & Ball's
All White in Estate Eggshell finish and stripping and sealing the lower cabinets. The linoleum floor and Western-Holly range are original to the house.
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In the master bedroom, a washed out palette is punctuated by a red Vico Magistretti chair and mid-century paintings. A Moroccan wedding blanket, which is used as bedspread, and an antique Persian carpet from Mansour add texture and glimmer. The headboard is from Restoration Hardware.
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Saturated color is brought into the guest bedroom by a collection of vintage textiles, including an antique Burmese weaving, which is draped over the headbaord, a Laotian throw and a Turkish kilim. The driftwood lamp was found at a flea market, as was the artwork. The gray linen sheets are from Restoration Hardware.
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An ink-stained plywood partners' desk was custom made for the upstairs study and provides overflow storage for books. The built-in cabinetry, with its repeating circle motif, is original to the house and was painted with Benjamin Moore's Stone.
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The second floor den was added in the 1950's by enclosing a portion of the rear patio. A recently-added skylight floods the room with light but can be blackened out with the flip of a switch. The mid-century sofa belonged to the owner's grandparents and was recovered in Calvin Fabrics' Luba linen. It is flanked by a pair of rusted Vico Magistretti lamps from 1979. The camel leather and reed rug is from Morocco, and the artwork above the fireplace is by mid-century artist Carl Pickhardt.
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The restored magnesite staircase is original to the home. The pair of leather chairs in this living area is attributed to Afra and Tobia Scarpa, and the abstract collage was made by the owner's grandmother. Plant stands custom made by Tigers to Lilies in Los Angeles bring greenery into the space.
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On the rear patio, a collection of succulents, cacti, and palms create natural sculpture against the bright white walls of the home. The property is shaded by a 70-year-old avocado tree while a pink bougainvillea brings a pop of color. The patio furniture is from