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Thoroughly Modern

Tran + Thomas Design opens up a 50-year-old Mission Hills home to perfect it for a young couple and their family

“I knew what I wanted the end result to be, but I didn’t know how to get there,” confesses Brenda Roth about the first time she saw the 1967 Mission Hills ranch that wrapped around a patio.

“My husband and I are fortunate that we can look at a space and see what it could be, how we want it to live,” she says. “We have definite design ideas, but they were kind of all over the place. We needed help so that when anyone walked in the house, it wouldn’t be jarring.”

Happily, the couple’s real estate agent connected them with Carmen Thomas and Jill Tran of Tran+Thomas Design, and the transformation began.

Now the Roth family—Brenda, husband Pat, and their two young daughters—have the casual style and open feel that works for them.

2600W69thSt006_ALThe Roth family. The Roth family.

“I love midcentury modern style and I wanted a home we could really live in, not have dusty rooms we hardly used,” says Roth. She had to forgo a lot of color for judicious pops here and there, so the soothing palette of grays and blues carries throughout the main floor.

You walk in the front door to the piano room, where the girls practice. Two sculptural chairs form a seating area. Underfoot, a black, gray and white patterned rug anchors the space. A large abstract giclée by William Goodwin sets the tone for the colors throughout the house.


A bank of windows lets the light flood in, set off by two contemporary live-edged walnut benches. To the right, a curved feature wall papered in York’s metallic “Velocity” pattern leads into the living room. Here, an asymmetrical white-tiled fireplace wall holds up the “modern” theme, while rift-cut white oak floating shelves and cabinetry suggest midcentury. A curved sectional in a soothing gray is backed by a colorful abstract design printed on acrylic.




Satin draperies with a soft sheen control the light and add privacy.

The enlarged kitchen offers an expanded casual dining area with banquette seating in Brenda Roth’s favorite apple green. A rugged concrete table has wooden legs that come up through the top for a unique design. Another favorite turns out to be the white quartz island with a waterfall finish. The “Waveline” glass backsplash by Island Stone Style in Breeze again evokes a midcentury feel. And an induction cooktop speeds up dinner, cleans up easily and “looks crisp,” says Thomas.




The large master bedroom in quiet blues and buff gives way to the master bath, where an American Standard soaking tub sits on a gray tile platform. Pearly white porcelain tiles on the floor and in the large shower imbue the room with a fresh, clean feel.





“This house just feels like us in a way I don’t think I could have ever done on my own,” says Roth.



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