Collection by Shirine Saad

An Adorable Midcentury Revamp in Bel Air


This light-filled house in Bel Air brings together indoor and outdoor, private and open, living.

When writer Robin Maguire and her husband, film financier Marc Schaberg, decided to transform a 1950s California ranch into a clean, minimalist home, their main concern was opening it up to the environment. Nestled at the bottom of a valley and facing the Getty Museum, the house embraces its scenic setting with skylights, sliding glass windows, and a garden pool. The open design also provides ventilation as an alternative to air conditioning. “The couple liked the idea of a low-maintenance home,” explains the architect, Clay Holden of Moore Ruble Yudell Architects. The minimalist, Scandinavian-style home is warmed by several midcentury furniture classics, such as an Eames lounge.

The architect kept the existing roof of this ranch-style house, streamlining it with Kynar-painted metal.
Windows and sliding doors open the space to the environment and provide natural ventilation.
In the open living-kitchen-dining area, the pendant is Rock by Diesel for Foscarini.
Walnut panels and touches of bright red warm up the minimalist space, which the owners wanted to be “clean, eclectic,...
In the living room, the architects painted the limestone fireplace a dark shade of blue-green.
In the kitchen, walnut cabinets and polished concrete create a clean atmosphere to cook and entertain.
An existing pool at this Bel Air midcentury was made smaller and given a simpler shape, allowing for a larger deck area.