An Effortlessly Cool Midcentury Home in L.A.

Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat, cofounders of Lucas Studio Inc., create a timeless home on the fly.

After extensive renovations, the living room and entryway of this spacious Brentwood family home evoke cool California luxury. 
After extensive renovations, the living room and entryway of this spacious Brentwood family home evoke cool California luxury. 
Photography by Patrick Cline. Original text by Robert Leleux.

When Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat—cofounders of the elite Los Angeles design firm Lucas Studio Inc. and the retail showroom Harbinger—were hired to refurbish a three-bedroom mid-century gem in Brentwood, they found themselves working under a rather emphatic deadline: "The owners, a young couple, were expecting a child in four months," says Lucas, "so everything had to be finished by the time the baby came home from the hospital."

"Mix, don&squot;t match," Chilcoat advices. "Nothing should go together perfectly."
"Mix, don't match," Chilcoat advices. "Nothing should go together perfectly."
Designers Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat of Lucas Studio Inc. 
Designers Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat of Lucas Studio Inc. 

Aside from furnishing and repainting the entire house, the daunting design endeavor also included gutting the "dark and dreary" kitchen and reconfiguring the entry. Racing agains the clock, the partners completed their task with mere hours to spare. "We were installing when our client went into labor," Chilcoat recalls. 

Clockwise from top left: A two-sided fireplace connects the living and dining rooms, creating an open floor plan ideal for entertaining; the living room&squot;s voluptuous furnishings are "comfortable, deep, and kid-friendly," Lucas says; a bookshelf discovered at H.D. Buttercup serves as a well-stocked bar. A trio of modern pendant lamps adds a sculptural counterpoint to the dining room&squot;s streamlined furnishings; bold, modern artwork daringly accentuates the soothing, netural-hued walls. 
Clockwise from top left: A two-sided fireplace connects the living and dining rooms, creating an open floor plan ideal for entertaining; the living room's voluptuous furnishings are "comfortable, deep, and kid-friendly," Lucas says; a bookshelf discovered at H.D. Buttercup serves as a well-stocked bar. A trio of modern pendant lamps adds a sculptural counterpoint to the dining room's streamlined furnishings; bold, modern artwork daringly accentuates the soothing, netural-hued walls. 
An Effortlessly Cool Midcentury Home in L.A.
Clockwise from top left: Lucas and Chilcoat gutted the antiquated kitchen, fully integrating this once dark and enclosed space into the dining room; to inspire its young inhabitant, Lucas and Chilcoat infused the room with vivid color; in the den, plush, oversized pieces create a restful retreat; Harbinger, Lucas and Chilcoat's showroom in Los Angeles' La Cienega Design Quarter, is a lively resource for textiles and home furnishings. 
Clockwise from top left: Lucas and Chilcoat gutted the antiquated kitchen, fully integrating this once dark and enclosed space into the dining room; to inspire its young inhabitant, Lucas and Chilcoat infused the room with vivid color; in the den, plush, oversized pieces create a restful retreat; Harbinger, Lucas and Chilcoat's showroom in Los Angeles' La Cienega Design Quarter, is a lively resource for textiles and home furnishings. 

Despite the swiftness of their schedule, the pair managed to craft the kind of layered interior that appears to have developed organically over the course of years. "The clients wanted a home that was livable and comfortable, without too much stuff," says Lucas. The designers, therefore, carefully selected kid-friendly upholstered pieces and nature-inspired furnishings to evoke an ease and elegance in keeping with the residence's cool California locale. By maintaining a neutral palette—with wall colors ranging from chalky white to "greige," trimmed in subtle gray or ice blue—the house's surroundings shine: the living room's soaring windows flood the space with light, and, on a clear day, the ocean can be seen on the horizon.

An exotic four-poster bed adds a dose of drama to the master bedroom's tranquil palette.
An exotic four-poster bed adds a dose of drama to the master bedroom's tranquil palette.

Perhaps because of the thrill of its creative challenges, the project remains among Lucas and Chilcoat's favorites. "Everything about it," says Lucas, "from the warm, friendly clients to the way the house came together in the end, combined to make it a dream job." 

This Emilio Rock Console, named after (and believed to have been created by) celebrated designer Emilio Terry, is among Lucas' favorite pieces in the home.
This Emilio Rock Console, named after (and believed to have been created by) celebrated designer Emilio Terry, is among Lucas' favorite pieces in the home.
An outdoor living space seperates the home from a swimming pool in the backyard.
An outdoor living space seperates the home from a swimming pool in the backyard.
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