When photographer and graphic designer Minh T and his partner Ted moved into their Spanish Colonial-style LA home, their initial design impulse was one of Mid-Century eclecticism. Appointed with Scandinavian-style and Atomic-Modern vintage finds, the home exuded retro style and personality, earning it a feature on Apartment Therapy in 2011. “Our style has always leaned toward Mid-Century Modern, but we also like mixing antique and Craiglist finds with newer contemporary pieces,” Minh says.
After ten years of living in their home, though, Minh and Ted began to feel the urge to change things up—and to pare things back. Minh, who was trained in architecture and worked in both graphic design and advertising, has recently shifted gears into photography. His images, which often depict stark, brutalist settings and geometric abstractions composed from architectural intersections, has earned him a large following. Today, Minh seems drawn to the beauty found in simplicity, a preference that seems to have spilled over into his taste in design.
“After being in the house for a while, we needed a new perspective and a cleansing palette,” Minh says. “Our goal for the renovation this time is creating a light and airy mood.” To implement this, Minh and Ted opted for a largely monochrome palette, painting most of the rooms a bright white and the den a soothing dark charcoal. The mixture of contemporary and warm Mid-Century Modern is ever present, but elevated by a cohesive palette of neutrals and a more edited selection. The space feels fresh but unfussy, contemporary without sacrificing its original prewar character. Take a closer look below!