A couple of mid-century minimalists give us a look into their retro-modern home that’s peaceful, nostalgic and lets nature right in.
I love the fact that I can look out any window and feel like I am connected with nature,” says Neil Tomlinson of the 1960s house he and his partner Ed Ramirez playfully call their “treehouse.” Built on a quiet slope overlooking the Box Springs Mountains in Riverside, this airy modern gem embodies that dream fusion of California cool with mid-century design.
The space’s personality really comes to life on mornings spent with coffee on the pool deck and evenings tucked into the cozy den adjacent to the master bedroom. It’s no wonder this is Neil and Ed’s ultimate zen space, but getting there was a year-long labor of love for the couple who met via a mutual friend.
We knew what we liked and we simply began filling our home with good design and things we wanted to live with.
While living in a cool warehouse loft in the heart of downtown Long Beach, the couple began to long for a more private space where they could relax and entertain friends. When they found this new place, it was love at first sight, though the house had been severely neglected and needed a lot of TLC. Neil and Ed spent their first year restoring the house, and now, two years in, they’re at a point where they can really just start to enjoy the space.
Not wanting to interrupt the architectural integrity of the home — the beams, the sliding doors, the original tilework — they chose materials that would have been available during that time period. They studied up on architect-built modernist homes such as the Stahl house and Eames house in Los Angeles, and the Miller house in Columbus designed by Eero Saarinen. Taking inspiration from those neo-futuristic styles, they started out by painting the entire space white and filling it in with pops of blues, greens, and oranges throughout. Coupled with the 360-degree views of nature, the final design is a welcoming space where the couple can relax and recharge.
Take the Tour
Neil and Ed restored their breezy California home to match its Mid-century roots—come see inside.
Bring the look home
Inspired by Neil and Ed’s Mid-century minimalist style, we curated a collection that embraces their focus on good design with a palette that seriously pops.