A limited black and white color palette, use of industrial materials, and large scale are three factors that often make a home feel sterile or harsh. Not so for today’s home tour! Thanks to careful attention to detail and the introduction of natural materials, neutrals, and a few jewel tones, this LA home by Scribe Studio hums with energy. (At the time the house was designed, Scribe Studio was led by both Tricia Portelli and Denise Bosley; Tricia continues to run Scribe Studio while Denise now operates independently as Denise Bosley Interiors.)

The homeowners had lived in three homes in the La Canada Flintridge neighborhood over the past 17 years. With two teen boys, they loved the neighborhood but were ready to trade in their more traditional style home for something completely different. “The words “urban,” “industrial,” “modern,” and “farmhouse” were used to describe the aesthetic they were after,” the designers say. Pulling inspiration from warehouses, lofts, and historic New York buildings, Tricia and Denise knew they wanted to use exposed brick, concrete, a standing seem metal roof and black steel windows from the start. They say, “The house takes the locally accepted traditional house form and puts a modern twist on it.”

Using industrial materials, both inside and out, while still creating the feel of home, requires careful attention to detail. Tricia recalls, “It was important to have just the right amount of steel detailing. We had steel trims, exposed steel I-beams, a winding steel staircase, steel windows, a steel hood, and steel railings. We had to consider weight, finishes, connections, bolts, fabrication, and the pure logistics of getting it in the house.” They worked closely with the fabricator, even visiting the fabricator’s shop and learned how to create different patina finishes with a welding torch!

A re-envisioning of the floor plan was also desired to create an open flow for large gatherings and prioritize rooms that will actually be used. “This means no traditional living room or den, but rather a library/lounge separated by a bar that’s open to a game room!” Another non-traditional room requirement was a coffee bar, so “located adjacent to the kitchen and opening up to the lush backyard is the coffee room – it’s a great space to relax and enjoy a freshly made latte, and also their dog Bella’s favorite sunning spot!”

Learn more about this LA home and take a tour in the slideshow!