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A Mid-Century Home Blending Minimalism and Pops of Color

Creative director and color enthusiast Amy Tangerine calls on the architect Dan Brown of DBAs to bring out the best in her mid-century modern home while taking it to the next level for modern times. Located in the Baldwin Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, the home has an immediate charm with its restored terrazzo floors and wooden features. While many surfaces are white, Amy’s personality shines through in the colorful accents, perfectly complementing the quirky details.

The living room is open with straight passage to the outside. An original L-shaped wooden bookcase separates the space from the dining room and the kitchen while creating a cozy reading corner.

interior of a mid century modern house with a wooden wall and a fireplace

The fireplace is redone with smooth plaster for a more minimalist feel. The wet bar got an overhaul with pale pink and white Concrete Collaborative tiles designed by Sarah Sherman Samuel, and a terrazzo countertop with large aggregate, also from Concrete Collaborative.

interior of a mid century modern home with a home bar with pink tiles and wooden shelves

mid century modern home interior with library nook and orange accents

mid century modern home interior with library nook and orange accents

mid century modern home interior with minimalist light wood and white kitchen

The minimalist kitchen features vertical grain wood cabinets and hidden appliances for a clean look. A central skylight is placed above the island allowing a steady stream of natural light to filter through.

mid century modern home interior with minimalist light wood and white kitchen

mid century modern home interior with minimalist light wood and white kitchen

mid century modern home interior with minimalist light wood and white kitchen

corner plan of a modern dining room with royal blue accents

corner plan of a modern dining room with royal blue accents

courtyard in modern house

Two inner courtyards bring light and nature to the central part of the house. In a hallway in one of the courtyards, there is a vibrant custom rug made by artist Shelby Drabman.

view of hallway with colorful rug and view of inner courtyard

view of hallway with colorful rug and view of inner courtyard

interior entrance of a modern house

colorful living room in modern house with golden sofa and colorful carpet

The whimsical family room looks cozy while still being Instagram worthy. The bold rug elevates the room while the gold sectional sofa grounds it. Sliding glass doors connect the room to the back garden.

colorful living room in modern house with golden sofa and colorful carpet

colorful living room in modern house with golden sofa and colorful carpet

modern living room with colorful rug and view of the tv cabinet

view of modern bedroom decorated in white and neutral tones

modern bathroom with Japanese-style bathtub and shower overlooking the inner courtyard

modern bathroom with floating wooden cabinet

exterior view of a mid century modern house under a cantilevered roof overlooking the swimming pool

exterior rear view of a mid century modern house with swimming pool and sunset reflecting in the windows

cropped view of front of mid century modern house with orange doors

To top it off, the double front doors appear in an appropriately selected tangerine color.

cropped view of front of mid century modern house with orange doors

Photos by Brandon Shigeta.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found looking for vintage merchandise, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen or reworking playlists on Spotify.