A pair of Hollywood writers layer quirky collectibles, modern fixtures and Mid-century furniture into their 1950s home for the ultimate space to live, work and entertain.
As a creative writing team known for their sense of humor, Patrick and Becky’s unique style and upbeat sensibility come through in their cool, California modernist house. “I think it reflects who we are,” Becky says of the three-bedroom 1950s rancher she shares with her husband, 6-year-old son, Oliver, and the family labradoodle. Overflowing with impactful Mid-century modern style at every turn, their home is proof they not only have a way with words, but also with design. “We both wanted to evoke the Space Age of the 1950s,” Patrick says. They succeeded by filling the white spaces of the house with pops of bright color, along with metallics and plastics that came into vogue around that time.
Nearly two years ago, the duo, who write teasers and commercial spots for major television series, traded in the urban life of Los Angeles for this idyllic pocket of Long Beach. Lined with pine trees and ranch-style houses built by renowned architect Cliff May, their historic neighborhood is like something found on a movie studio lot. “Some people have called it the Mid-century Mayberry,” Patrick says of the neighborly vibe, complete with backyard movie nights.
We’re a happy, little, cozy family that’s colorful and bright!
With roughly only 1,000 square feet to work with, the couple was challenged to make the most of every square inch of their house and significantly reduce their interior footprint. But that led them to really embrace the many clever ways they can use their outside space. The final result is a space that suits their close-knit, home working environment to a T. It’s bright, it’s fun, and it exudes a cheerful vibe.
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