Credit for the renovation goes to the handiwork of Hollis Jordyn Design, a studio headed up by childhood friends, Hollis LaPlante and Jordyn Grohl. The duo thoughtfully reimagined and restored the three-bedroom home, elevating the layout and opening up the floor plan for a lighter, more airy space suitable for modern living. With a mid-century modern aesthetic, the designers referenced the home’s heritage, while the bohemian style captures the essence of the California coast.
“Our goals with this project were to bring in more light, break down the walls to create fluid flow, make the space feel spacious, and enhance the relationship between indoor and outdoor elements,” Hollis and Jordin say. “We wanted to preserve the original characteristics of the California Modern architecture created by renowned architect Rex Lutry by giving certain design elements an update.”
Here, we take an inside look at the hilltop home along with some tips from the design duo on how to elevate the vintage decor in your home.
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Before renovation by Hollis Jordan Design (Opens in a new tab)The house was dark and dated, with its popcorn ceilings, closed rooms, and damaged floors. The closed floor plan allows for a lack of a sense of flow between the individual rooms that fail to welcome guests inside. While it featured beautiful parquet floors, the dark wood made the spaces feel dark and closed in spite of the large floor-to-ceiling windows.
Despite being spacious rooms, the main living area seemed smaller than it actually was thanks to the partition wall. Popcorn ceilings, red curtains, and chandelier lighting fixtures made it feel like you stepped back in time upon entering the home, with very few renovations done since the home was originally built.
The dark wood cabinetry in the kitchen again contributed to the oppressive feel of the rooms despite being flooded with plenty of natural light. This is augmented by dark light-absorbing countertops and aged floor tiles which lack any aesthetic appeal.
Historic tile told the same story in the shower room where an off-white and jet-black color scheme felt jarring. Despite the installation of a skylight, this space didn’t feel as fresh or airy as you’d hope from a bathroom; He was calling for modern upliftment.
The bungalow benefited from plenty of light and beautiful landscaping outside the windows, but the subtle colors used in the house failed to reap the benefits of these selling points. There was plenty of storage space in the bedrooms, but the closet doors were again old and worn out.
The basic bathroom featured a double vanity and large bathtub, but the monochromatic color scheme made the place look bland and dated. (And that’s before you even set eyes on a chandelier light fixture!) The concept had potential, but the lack of contemporary detailing meant the visual fell short.
After Hollis and Jordyn tested their skills in this drab hillside home, the living area was transformed into a gorgeous bohemian space that promotes comfort and relaxation. “We worked with the go-to firm, Modern Mecca, to curate the space to reflect a mid-century design aesthetic,” says Jordin. “We wanted the lines to be geometric and clean along with a neutral color scheme with warm, bold colors that ground the space.”
Despite infusing a cool California vibe with the soft furnishings, the space still feels sophisticated thanks to the modern curved sofa and decorative details. “When we discovered Modern Mecca, we were initially drawn to its ability to transform a space through phasing and giving a modern twist to mid-century modern style,” Hollis adds. “We feel it’s very important that the furnishings reflect the spirit of the home.”
She continues, “We love the overall calm and neutral tones of the furniture, which are paired with warm accents and natural textures.” The wood elements and curved furniture make a nice contrast to the sharper lines found throughout the home.
The adjacent open living space provides more convivial seating as well as a lovely dining area. The warm brown tones of the brick fireplace and wood beams are echoed in the blond wood furniture to complement the neutral design.
“During construction we discovered beautifully designed bricks hidden behind drywall on the fireplace,” Jordyn explains. “We were thrilled that the bricks were still in such excellent condition and wanted to restore and display them as originally intended.”
This became the starting point from which the rest of the room’s design was inspired. “Once we stripped away the original parquet flooring in favor of a lighter wood floor, we knew we wanted the floor to reflect the subtle warm tones found in the brick fireplace,” notes Hollis.
Then it was a case of creating a more logistical flow throughout the floor plan. As Hollis explains: ‘In order to open up the space and create more light, we demolished the wall that originally closed off the kitchen from the living and dining room areas and removed a wall that closed off the den on the other side of the room. Fireplace to encourage fluid movement between all common areas.
Adding light through soft tones was a running theme throughout the kitchen, too. “The design team added durable materials to the home by incorporating oak cabinetry in the kitchen, engineered wood floors, and interior doors that are constructed of oak and feature a beautiful geometric design,” notes Hollis.
To keep up with the changing times, the homeowners wanted the kitchen to be a social and functional space for the family and their guests to enjoy. “When thinking about the functionality of this home, we wanted the kitchen layout and layout to reflect an inspiring relationship with the rest of the home that makes room for entertaining and gathering while also connecting with the outdoors,” says Jordin. The last point is supported by large windows and skylights that help blur the boundaries of the inside and outside.
The carpets have been replaced with wood floors in the bedrooms to give a more modern look, while the large area rugs still contribute to the cosy feel. The idea of bright white paint, as used throughout the rest of the home, makes these boho bedrooms feel fresh and airy while also inviting plenty of West Coast sunshine that’s reflected throughout the room.
This also helped with my windows updates as the rails were removed and the glass replaced. “We also removed the popcorn ceiling and updated the space with new doors,” Jordyn explains. “Again, the pendants in each bedroom are sculptural and adhere to a mid-century style, paying homage to the home’s history and charm.”
The bathrooms are warmed with the help of a walnut vanity that stays true to the mid-century aesthetic, while brighter bathroom tiles and a lick of paint help elevate the pre-transformation shades.
“When choosing bathroom materials, it’s always a good idea to consider the size of the space you’re working with,” Hollis Consultants says. For example, dark colors in a small space will make the bathroom feel more cramped and cramped. In order to create a sense of space and airiness in the bathroom, keep the majority of color tones light while using darker or richer colors as accents.
Finally, the primary bathroom is now a spa-like space with a mix of terracotta tiles and mosaics that add a Mediterranean flair. Recessed lighting also helps to increase light and space in this previously dark and confined area.
“When designing the primary bathroom, our goal was to bring in more light and so we added a skylight here,” Jordyn explains. “We fell in love with this stone counter, which features various shades of white, gray, and purple, and painted the walls white, allowing other design elements to pop and liven up the space.”
“The custom-made vanity is painted in Brookline Beige by Benjamin Moore,” she adds (Opens in a new tab), which brought in the pleasant warm tone also present in the floors. The brick tiles we chose have a warmth that is reflected in the Dark Green Onyx used in the bathroom, while the green tiles pay tribute to the natural beauty surrounding the home.