Sometimes the best client-designer relationships begin as friendships. Such was the case for creative craft influencer Amy Tangerine and architect Dan Brunn of DBA. After years of mutual admiration and several how-do-we-work-together conversations, an opportunity finally presented itself in the form of Amy’s 1965 midcentury Los Angeles hilltop home. Let’s take a look at this incredible 1960s Los Angeles home with a mid-century modern style inspiration that is simply stunning!

Playful Whimsy Meets Mid-Century Modern Style Inside This 1960s Los Angeles Home

“What I love most, is that the home doesn’t feel like a gallery,” Dan shares. “We never decided to make a particular wall behave in a certain manner, and because nothing was specifically planned out, this allowed Amy to have the best of both worlds.”

Playful Whimsy Meets Mid-Century Modern Style Inside This 1960s Los Angeles Home

Since the existing home was already a fully formed architectural expression, the team studied the original structure carefully. In the end, the focus became honoring what was there, while also combining DBA’s distinct design language alongside Amy’s unique point of view.

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“​​I loved how the home had these inner atriums,” explains designer-architect Dan Brunn of the house of craft-influencer Amy Tangerine. “It set it apart from so many other homes, and I was intrigued with how to best capture that.

Playful Whimsy Meets Mid-Century Modern Style Inside This 1960s Los Angeles Home

Amy loves how Dan designed the kitchen and created a separate walk-in pantry. “I also love it because it’s a space where my husband—who does most of the cooking—really enjoys being in,” Amy shares.

Playful Whimsy Meets Mid-Century Modern Style Inside This 1960s Los Angeles Home

Some of the other materials were purposefully period correct. “We sourced wood veneer for the kitchen, which you’d find in a period home; however, the creative interpretation is more clearly modern,” Dan explains. “The detailing for all plumbing throughout the house is done in a modern matte brass as well.”

Playful Whimsy Meets Mid-Century Modern Style Inside This 1960s Los Angeles Home

The bar proved to be another area in which the design team was able to flex their creative muscles. “At the wet bar, we had a lot of fun with a company I work with often—Concrete Collaborative,” he says. “We sourced these really geometric concrete tiles for the backsplash, which add a nice midcentury nod to the space.”

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“We wanted to be mindful and intentional about our interiors and how we wanted to feel in them,” Amy explains. “Striving to create a sanctuary to embody the art of truly living was a priority.”

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Minimalism, texture, and effortless style take the lead in the primary bedroom.

Playful Whimsy Meets Mid-Century Modern Style Inside This 1960s Los Angeles Home

“The pool turned out better than I could have ever imagined,” Dan notes. “We had always planned for the pool location and shape, but once it was filled with water, it surpassed expectations—while you can dream up reflections, they are just never as wonderful as they are when they come to life.”

 


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