Other People’s Homes: Los Feliz Mid-Century Remodel

13 Mar

Via the LA Times ‘LA at Home’ section.  I am noticing a lot of my ‘Other People’s Homes’ features are in California.  Must be California dreamin’ on such a winter’s day.


Interior designer Julie Maigret’s recent update of the Los Feliz home she shares with her husband, Rob, is the latest installment of Pro Portfolio. Our Monday feature looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated spaces with commentary from the designers.


Project: A 1961 two-story home with four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms in 3,100 square feet.

Location: Atop the hills of Los Feliz.

Designer: Julie Maigret Design, Los Angeles.

Designer’s description: This project was a collaboration with my husband. Since the house was built in 1961, we wanted to stay true to its Midcentury Modern roots but also make sure it reflected our own casual aesthetic.

The biggest challenge was figuring out how to make a space with white walls and white floors comfortable instead of cold, an environment where visitors would feel welcomed.

That was accomplished by bringing in warm and bright colors and textures, vibrant artwork by local artists and comfortable seating. We also surrounded the home with lush, distinctive outdoor spaces.

To see more of the house, keep reading …

Julie Maigret house

The clean, bright entryway with light terrazzo floor and photography by Scott Rhea is a glimpse of what is to follow.


In the dining room, we replaced beige wallpaper with Dunn-Edwards Swiss Coffee paint to match the rest of the house. We replaced tan shag carpeting with bright white linoleum, which combined with white furnishings, shifts attention to the artwork and outdoor space.

Julie Maigret dining

Warming up the room are vibrant digital collages that layer photographs of fire by Los Angeles artists Simmons & Burke.

Julie Maigret house

The color scheme in the family room complements the outdoors. The blue area rug made of Flor tiles mirrors the pool. Midcentury furnishings mix with a new Louis chair from Vioski. The double-height family room provides perfect space for an Arco floor lamp.  (I LOVE the poster in red on the left.  I want that for my bedroom.)

Julie Maigret

Adjacent to the fireplace is photography by Slim Aarons. A hand-blown pendant lamp from Santa Ana glassblower Caleb Siemon casts patterned light in the corner.  (Do you think that fireplace is painted?)

Julie Maigret

The thick shag carpeting that ran throughout the house trapped dust and made the space busy. Now, Flor carpet tiles make the room appear bigger and less complicated. Many of the artworks and accessories in this room were found at yard sales, on EBay and in Palm Springs thrift shops.

Julie Maigret

Decorative tempered glass was installed in the guest bathroom door to let in natural light. The artwork is by Los Angeles artists Audrey Kawasaki and Alex “Defer” Kizu.


In the guest room, the 1960s Calze Ortalion poster advertising women’s stockings is by Italian artist Rene Gruau.  It keeps the room from taking itself too seriously.


The sunny upstairs balcony became a relaxing spot with a built-in chaise that I designed. The seating is made of ipe wood and Sunbrella fabric, making it highly durable and functional.

Julie Maigret garden

Desiring something unusual outside the kitchen window, I turned to Annette Gutierrez from Potted in Atwater Village to create a cinderblock wall of succulents.


The sculptural greenery planted in linear concrete adds an industrial air to the backyard.


6 Responses to “Other People’s Homes: Los Feliz Mid-Century Remodel”

  1. Rex March 14, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I loves it! Especially the dining room- it’s all-white done right (which is rare these days for some reason).

    • julie maigret March 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

      that is a huge compliment – thanks, rex!
      julie maigret

  2. Rebecca March 13, 2012 at 1:32 pm #

    Beautiful home with inspiring decor. We are trying to find something interesting to put outside a very large new bathroom window in our mid-century modern remodel. Succulent wall is really a great idea.

    • julie maigret March 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      hi rebecca – the succulent wall makes me happy every time i look at it, even after 3 years. its really not very difficult or expensive to do. go for it!

  3. kelly@refresheddesigns. March 13, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    What a great remodel! I love the white dining room and the bathroom with pops of yellow.

    • julie maigret March 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      thanks, kelly! a little yellow goes a long way…and its such a happy color.

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