Mid-Century Modern is one of our favorite design styles! With origins in the 1940s-1960s this design style was heavily influenced by iconic designers of the era such as Frank Lloyd Wright & Charles Eames. Our favorite aspects of the mid-century modern style are the open floorplans, floor to ceiling windows, and the use of organic materials. This year, we had the opportunity to flip our first home in La Jolla, CA. Check out our before & after photos, remodel tips, and more below!
About the home:
This La Jolla home is 1,988 Sq. Ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Not to mention the Ocean Views all the way to Dana Point, this house is unbelievably beautiful. A true Mid-Century Modern Dream Home! Scroll to see our renovation progress & before/after photos! If you’re interested in viewing the home, schedule a tour here.
As you can see, we had our work cut out for us!
We create the kitchen’s mid-century vibe by using contrasting elements throughout the space. The custom wooden bar-top overhang and dark geometric pattern face of the island contrast perfectly with the bright, white quartz countertops. We added frameless bi-fold windows that lead to an outdoor bar, perfect for entertaining. Sleek, clean lines, brass details and geometric forms give this space a mid-century modern touch that can not be denied.
FLIP TIP: Kitchens sell!!! Using quality materials and focal points in the kitchen will grab the attention of a buyer and make a statement!
Dining Room before:
The original home design felt too boxy and enclosed, so we removed the dividing wall to create a more open-concept. Outdated tile flooring, cabinetry, and overhead can lights were present in the original space.
Dining room after:
By removing the dividing wall, we created an open concept dining area that feels brighter, lighter, and more livable. A breath of fresh air. New overhead lighting including a beautiful modern chandelier was installed. Wide plank European Oak flooring flows seamlessly throughout the home. Frameless bi-fold doors lead you to the deck with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and miles of Southern California coastline.
Built in 1964, this home is a true Mid-Century gem! The exterior of the home was lacking interest, but we saw so much potential. We were immediately drawn to the unique exterior facade detail, so we decided to keep it & repaint it.
A fresh coat of bright paint brought this mid-century statement wall back to life. The contrast of the new, crisp white and black exterior paint offers a clean, modern backdrop for the brass hardware and fresh landscape design.
FLIP TIP: When designing an iconic design style, such as Mid- Century, stay true to the roots of a home when presented with an eye-catching opportunity.
Bathrooms are a great place to add interesting and unique elements such as the white diagonal wall tile we used in the master bathroom shower and the blue wall tile in the guest bathroom! We also added round vanity lights, a classic mid-century style. Lastly, we contrasted the brass detailing on the showerhead & light fixtures with matte black fixtures finished on the mirrors, pulls, and towel holders.
We continued the floor to ceiling windows in the master bedroom and added matte black doors to the guest bedroom, therefore allowing for direct access to the deck with breathtaking views.