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Before moving in, the happy couple knew that they needed to tear down walls, move the laundry out of the kitchen and into the garage, and gut the kitchen. They got the renovation process started and left for a few weeks to get married in Hawaii. When they returned, the only place that wasn’t completely torn up or full of storage was the garage. They opened up the garage door and tried to eat some drive-thru tacos – their first official meal at dream vintage home. But without a working light in the garage, they had to open and close the garage every two minutes to trigger the overhead light to stay on.

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Fortunately, they’ve come a long way since then. They now have two kids, two dogs, and a beautiful home full of unique treasures. As the owner of 6th and Detroit, a vintage store located in Downtown Long Beach, CA and online, it’s only natural for Michelle to express her creative spirit in decorating her home. Her goal was to “…create an inviting, warm space by mixing mid-century styles that feel current and using as many textures as possible. [She] wanted to embrace indoor/outdoor living and utilize all the natural light.” With a clean, functional home surrounded sunlight and plants, the Qazi family created their own paradise in California.

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As you walk in the front door, you are welcomed with this colorful view of the Qazi family’s living space. The painted sun mirror was the inspiration for the 6th and Detroit logo. It sits above a vintage chair located by a unique built-in brick planter adjacent to the fireplace. The contrast of the original birch wall next to the white brick. She hid the subwoofer speaker in a flea market find next to her very first “after-remodel” splurge – a George Nelson Herman Miller modular sofa table. The living room is designed extremely long and narrow, so they recruited the help of David Galindo, an interior designer, to make this custom built couch to navigate the awkward layout. “We needed a couch that kept in line with the open floor plan, while being able to enjoy the fireplace AND the TV,” “The peacock chair was supposed to be another 6th And Detroit shop item, but I am in love with it too much to part with,”

 

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The goal of the dining room was to keep the focus on the space’s white brick walls. Mixing dining room chairs works with Michelle’s eclectic style, adding visual interest in the most minimalist room in her house. The backsplash is from Italy. “We loved how the convex shape and color pop against the wood. We couldn’t opt for a hood over our stove, so we were super relieved to discover a hidden vent that goes down into the counter and pops out when you need it. Nine years ago that felt very ‘Jetsons’ to us!” Michelle adds.

 

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“The wallpaper used to be a bright green originally, but over time, all the sunlight that fills this room throughout the day faded it out, but we actually really like it like this! The fade on it definitely gives off a more vintage feel and makes it a bit more neutral tone than a pop. This room was actually extended out by two feet along the wallpaper wall by the previous owners and it makes such a nice difference. ”

 

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With year-round good weather, California residents can continuously enjoy beautiful outdoor lounge spots. Michelle’s family hangs out here when they are taking a break from swimming, eating snacks or watching the sunset. The sail shade is custom made and has made it easier to enjoy the outdoors.

 

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SOURCE: designsponge.com

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