Inside an Updated 1950s California Home That Brims With Japanese-Inspired Design

Crafted by one sister for another, it was a true family affair

dining room

A cool California wind rustles the curtains in the dining room, which is styled with a Concorde table from Poliform, Jens chairs from B&B Italia, and an Atelier de Troupe pendant light.

laundry room

Happy wallpaper in the utility areas has become Momoko’s secret signature. In the laundry room, she opted for Chiang Mai Dragon in Mocha from Schumacher.


The serene decor promotes deep rest in the bedroom. The deck furniture is the Tessa collection from Flexform.


True Ofuro Freestanding Stone Japanese Soaking Bathtub from Aquatica defines the bathroom and provides a space to decompress after long days.

living room

The large couch in the living room has enough space for Aiko’s entire family—and Momoko’s when she comes to visit. The sectional, the side chair, and the ottoman are all from Flexform. The vintage wine opener sculpture stand was found at Sonoma Country Antiques Fahrenheit Collective.


In the bathroom, a vintage statue from an antique shop in Ubud, Bali, sits on the counter. The fixtures are from Newport Brass.

deck patios trees house

Two patios from the ’50s home peek out among the foliage. Connection between the built environment and the natural one is common to the midcentury design vernacular.

The dining nook expands outward into a large deck wherenbspFlexforms Dafne chairs and Pico table make space for outdoor...

The dining nook expands outward into a large deck, where Flexform’s Dafne chairs and Pico table make space for outdoor living. Helios Chairs from Galanter and Jones look out over the mountains.

house backyard

RH lounge chairs provide a place for connection in the backyard for Aiko’s family.


Another view of the pool. Aiko’s dog lounges on the nearby path.

outdoor furniture pool

RH table sets line the pool deck, which looks out over nearby mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

house dusk

A warm glow lights up the house’s façade at dusk. Swatt Miers Architects and Kasten Builders worked with Momoko throughout the home’s renovation.

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