Your home should be a reflection of your personality and style. Homeowner DJ Sigband grew up going to family parties at Trader Vic’s and Page Sigband sells Mid Century Modern furnishings. So, when they moved into a 1960s Eichler home in a highly sought-after tract in Southern California, for them, their home was more than ideal; it’s a bit of paradise.

1960s Eichler home with orange door and desert plants
When it came time to update the outdoor spaces, the front yard was tackled first. Out went the lawn, replaced with a xeriscape landscape concept that features native and architectural plants fitting Page’s fondness for desert flora.

Our Personal Escape

“We think of our home as an escape from the contemporary world,” Page says of the A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons home she and DJ share with their young daughter, Ande. “Isn’t that what you want when you return home from work or the rat race? We consciously tried to create an environment where it felt like you could be walking into a different time and era. Escapism is a word thrown about, but we tried to embrace it.”

Mid Century Modern living room of a 1960s Eichler with orange couch, surfboard wall art and a shag rug
The centerpiece of the living room is the bright-orange Ligne Roset “Togo” sectional, a beloved piece DJ has had for years.

The couple fell for the 1960s Eichler as soon as they toured it. “We were seduced by the light, airiness of the glass walls and the expansive illusion they provide to a relatively small space,” Page says.

They love the connection to nature. Elements such as the central atrium and walls of glass create a sense of indoor/outdoor living. “We love how easily you can drift from indoors to outdoors through one of the seven sliding glass doors,” says Page.

MCM-style licing space with an orange chair, shag rug and globe art
The homeowners carried the orange color palette throughout the home, incorporating pops of blues and greens with the decor.

Creative Storage

The 1960s Eichler was in good condition, boasting updated flooring and fixtures when the couple purchased it in 2012. They took their time with small projects that would make the home more livable for them. Inside the house, that meant dealing with the lack of storage.

1960s Eichler homes are on the smaller side. Bookshelf becomes storage
Bookshelves and benches become more than just display areas in a smaller home. They need to be utilized as storage pieces to maximize space and organization.

“Because the rooms and closets are very small in Eichler homes, you have to get creative when it comes to maximizing your storage space,” Page says.

“Between my husband and me, there was no way the master closet could come close to accommodating all our stuff. The downside was that we would have to walk down the hall to get dressed, but it was an economical solution (we installed an Easy Track closet system), and at the same time we were able to keep the architectural integrity of the home.”

Mid Century Modern room with wood credenza, globe and wall art
The homeowners have a mix of natural wood pieces to soften their colorful decor.

They installed custom shelving and Murphy beds in the other bedrooms to maximize the space. William Krisel-designed butterfly roofs in Palm Springs inspired their workroom. They built it onto the side of the house to accommodate Page’s growing business.

Tropical Desert

To accommodate both of their tastes, the front and back yards have very different feels. “The front yard embraces the desert aesthetic with elements such as an industrial Corten steel wall, and the backyard is sort of a tropical oasis, complete with palms and ornamental tiki sculptures,” Page says.

MCM dining room in a 1960s Eichler with three bookshelves filled with colorful decor
Light streams into the home throughout the day, thanks to its seven sliding glass doors, one of which is in the dining room.

The interior and exterior share a cohesive design aesthetic that represents so much the couple loves about mid century style, as well as telling the couple’s story. “We wanted our home to have a ‘collected’ feel with pieces that tell a story rather than a homogenous setting of period-specific items,” Page says.

The Togo sectional in the living room, for instance, “was a non-negotiable. I had to develop a color palette that would work with this particular piece,” Page says. “Honestly, it wasn’t too hard since blue is the complement of orange.”

“Our home is a collection of objects gathered from our travels, flea markets, estate sales and boutique shops. It’s a blend of Danish modern, tiki culture, Hawaiiana, surf, pop art, kitsch and Bauhaus.”

artwork from flea markets fill this hallway
A long hallway provides a gallery-like space the the family’s collection of flea market art finds. “Because the space is intimate, it makes the perfect location to view many small works in one area,” Page says.

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