We head to the Valley for a peek inside a welcoming mid-century home that embraces family-friendly comfort with a playful vibe.
Nearly a year ago, Lauren and her husband Neil, a stay-at-home dad, were given only two weeks to find a new house and to sell the current one they had lovingly dubbed their “dream house.” Despite the obvious challenges, like needing several coats of paint and loads of wallpaper removal, the Apodaca’s have managed to carve out a new home with true heart and soul that’s made for real life.
It’s hard to believe that Lauren and Neil Apodaca — along with their two young daughters, two dachshunds, and one cat — only recently moved into their Woodland Hills home after relocating from Fresno. A palette of exuberant colors, Neil’s carefully-chosen antiques, and the constant play of kids gives this four-bedroom mid-century modern rancher real lived-in charm. “We’ve got two girls, Natalie who is 6 and Liberty is 3, so our life is very busy,” begins Lauren, a registered nurse whose job relocated her to the valley. “I think our home is a reflection of ourselves; we like to entertain and have an open space that can be comfortably lived in.”
I don’t like to be run-of-the-mill I guess, so I think the furniture says that also.
The Apodaca house is part of the Woodland West Tract of homes designed by architect Charles Dubois in the 1960s, so the couple’s love for mid-century modern decor was a perfect fit. “Mid-century modern furniture has personality to it, it’s not the same stuff that every other person on your block has,” Neil explains. Having that distinctive style, while still creating a space that’s equipped for major kid-play, was the couple’s main goal when redecorating. “We want the girls to look back and have a really fond memory of growing up,” says Lauren. Now they’ve found the perfect setting for exactly that.
Take the Tour
Step inside the Apodaca’s collected and casual Woodland Hills home that’s the perfect backdrop for their fun family life.
Bring the look home
Inspired by Neil and Lauren’s family-friendly vibe, mastered with an eclectic mix of Mid-century styles, we curated a collection that will make you feel right at home.