A 224sqm Mid-Century Modern Home in Los Angeles

Warm, witty, and modern best describe this quirky space

Original Article: Tom Castañeda Photography: Bethany Nauert

It was love at first sight when Lora and Frank Banzali, a Los Angeles-based couple, walked into what would be their home together, a mid-century modern home in the Hollywood Hills built in 1961. They started transforming the spacious 224sqm post-and-beam home by showcasing their design personality, which they describe as warm, witty, and modern.

“We really love the clean lines and simplicity of modern design, only less cold and more quirky,” says Frank. “We wanted to give a tip of the hat to the property’s mid-century vibe with certain pieces of furniture, but we’ve also chosen accessories and art that help give the space a cozy feel. We just want our home to feel neat, put together, and inviting.”

Renovations made by previous occupants posed a challenge. “But the biggest challenge came in trying to blend the overall mid-century design with our own personality,” Lora says. “We’re really proud of every room, especially since we spent a lot of time on them, everything from painting the walls to painstakingly picking out every item to express our personality,” she adds. The space is still a work in progress as the couple is always on the lookout for interesting accessories and art that they can add to each room.

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Living Area

An eclectic wall pattern and floor cover set off the solid white sofa in the living area.

Living Area

The streamlined space is accented with red-and-black mobile suspended from an overhead beam and a quirky piece of art on the wall.

Living Area Detail

The red-and-black diamond-shaped mobile hanging from the ceiling adds a pop of color. 

Living Space

The downstairs living space is akin to a modern cityscape. The place, though, is livable and functional too.


The snack counter in the kitchen is designed in monotones. The orange highlights give it a quirky edge.

Dining Area

The couple’s very modern personalities are reflected on the bold colors on the framed photograph and the bold pattern on the wall. The furniture is a complementary modern design.

Design Detail

Graphic design elements and pops of color make the house ultra-modern. It is cozy and witty at the same time.


The metallic theme extends from the wallpaper to the bed. Little color elements on the walls and hanging from the ceiling add highlights.

Bedroom Detail

Metallic sheets, pillowcases, and even wall covering mix well together. The quirky framed art depicting Darth Vader blowing an orange bubble gum loosens up the scene.

Design Detail

A touch of green adds a refreshing touch to the space.

Decor Detail

A plain-colored wall is the perfect background to a variety of colorful framed art.

Decor Detail

Marrying form and function, this nook glistens with glass and metal, and black and white.

Decor Detail

The clean, white surfaces are a great palette for a colorful cart, filled with goodies, and pastel accessories hanging from hooks.

Touches of Green

Plants bring life and vibrancy to this home. The modern shapes and colors of the pots blend with the rest of the theme.


The bathroom incorporates refreshing indoor plants, whose color is echoed in the walls and accessories. The tiled floor highlights a modern touch and is easy to maintain as well.

Bathroom Detail

A potted plant sits on a modern-design stool. It provides a breath of fresh air in the bathroom.

Decor Detail

The nail polish shelf is not only a smart way to organize the colors, but also a wonderful design element, especially against white walls and shelves.


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