A Modern Elysian Heights Home for Two Creatives

A Modern Elysian Heights Home for Two Creatives

There are few things more terrifying at home than a fire. For the first six months after we bought our house, I spent every hour away from it worried that something would spontaneously combust or slowly burn inside the walls. I knew a few families that lost their homes to fires growing up, and I still find myself checking and rechecking for heat near sockets on a regular basis. Casey Caplowe knows firsthand how devastating flames can be — but he managed to find a silver lining when his home was devastated by a fire in 2012.

Casey, who is the co-founder and CCO of GOOD Magazine, discovered and became smitten with a 1912 California Bungalow-style house in the Elysian Heights neighborhood (in the hills of Echo Park) back in 2010. “It feels a bit like a little mountain village, right on the edge of a huge park,” he says. The first house Casey saw during his search turned out to be “the one,” and he made an offer on the spot. Two years later, the house was devastated by a fire and Casey had to tear down the original structure, a heartbreaking prospect. But with a fresh start comes new possibilities, and in the end, Casey relished the bittersweet opportunity to create the dream home he’d imagined. So he put his undergrad architecture studies into action and decided to try the design process on his own.

A year and a half into the design, permits and construction, Casey met and fell in love with Ellen Bennett of Hedley & Bennett. And what initially began as Casey’s solo dream-architectural project turned into a meaningful collaboration between the two incredibly talented creatives. Ellen and Casey chose every element and detail in the house, from the floors and window trim to the colorful kitchen stove. The result is a bright, airy space with the energy and excitement you’d expect from two people who have made creativity and happiness their life’s work so far.

Casey and Ellen said they were going for a “modern Japanese/Scandinavian/Californian” sensibility, combined with “strong pops of color.” Their goal was to create something that would feel, “really warm and cozy, but still generally minimal and modern,” and I think the final product is just that — a happy space full of playfulness, warmth and love. Thanks so much to Ellen and Casey for sharing their home with us. xo, grace

Photography by Chloe Berk



Living room


Couch – Room & Board


Green Eames fiberglass rocker- Modernica


1960s vintage leather chairs by Sergio Rodrigues


Marble coffee table – HD Buttercup


Vintage bowl with orange interior- Krenit Bowl


Bookshelf – modernica


Vintage Marantz receiver


Vintage acoustic research speakers


Photo by Joaquin Trujillo


Planter by Modernica


Dining room


Copenhague table by Hay


Vintage school chairs from Amsterdam Modern


Light by Brendan Ravenhill


Vintage life preserver from the Rose Bowl Flea Market


Wooden bar cart from Crate & Barrel


Green bowl by Heath Ceramics


Guest Room/Den/Office


Yellow chair from Modernica


Vintage school desk (purchase location unknown)




Yellow Bertazzoni range


Potholders by Hedley & Bennett


Yellow stool from IKEA


Vintage science classroom stools from Cleveland Arts


Yellow The Dots wall hooks by Muuto from A+R


Aprons by Hedley & Bennett


Nest thermostat


Blue tiles from Heath Ceramics’ Dwell series


Red trashcan – Rubbermaid Commercial Defenders Step Trash Can


Ex.T Fuse Lamps




Case study alpine bed by Modernica


Photo by Gray Malin


Vintage Caucasian kilim rug purchased at the Rose Bowl Flea Market


Vintage boomerang side table


Lamp from Target


Blue planter from Modernica


Yellow Biobu cup


Vintage end table from a flea market


New lamp (unknown)


Turquoise cup by Biobu purchased at Canoe in Portland


Credenza from BluDot


Vintage chair from Rose Bowl Flea Market


Octagon mirror – custom made


Yellow The Dots wall hooks by Muuto from A+R



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