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

 

SOURCE LIST

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)

 

Kitchen

 

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

 

Bedroom

 

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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