What the Brady Bunch Home Would Look Like in 2017

This L.A. home is the perfect embodiment of vintage California style.

By: Jodi Taylor
Photography: Kate Hollowell

When somebody mentions to us that their home resembles the Brady Bunch house (with a modern twist), we automatically envision a whole lot of wood, some exposed brick, and a majorly retro vibe. The somebody in this case is Claire Thomas, the founder of Kitchy Kitchen and co-founder of Sweet Laurel Bakery, and when we rolled up to her Sherman Oaks home one Wednesday afternoon, we realized she was spot-on with her description. Her home (which she completely redid with her husband) is a modern-day version of the Brady Bunch home without all the shag carpet because, uh, 2017.

Of course Thomas’ kitchen caught our eye right off the bat (it’s where she does all of her production)—it was so insanely bright and beautiful that we wanted to start cooking right then and there. But what really makes Thomas’ home special is all its quirky accents—from a reupholstered poker table to a fireplace with built-in planters (no, really), to a cobalt blue and hot pink bathroom, it felt like we were on a new adventure with every corner we turned. See it all for yourselves by clicking through the gallery below.

“[We’ve been here] since August, so it is a newer home for us. It was a total tear-down granny shack—it was built in 1961, and it had all of the original elements. When I first saw the house, it was one of those ads where you just knew it was going [to] be a horror show. It only had two photos, one of the outside of the house and one photo inside. I love granny shacks—these houses that have had one owner and need a lot of love.”

“[The dining room table and chairs] are from Organic Modernism. I got the table on the most incredible sale, for under $500, and that makes everyone so mad. There is something about that set that everyone absolutely loves. I love Organic Modernism. They are based out of Brooklyn and have a couple of spots in L.A.”

“I’ve never really [worked with an interior designer]. For me, it is such a pleasure and so much fun [to] throw myself into it and turn it into a personal project. A couple of my friends are interior designers, and they’re amazing, so every now and then I’ll text them a photo. As long as I don’t get them saying it’s horrible, I’m good.”

“We have two bars. The bar in the living room is the bar for friends, so it has any wine that we’ve gotten as gifts, it has all of our liquor and cocktail stuff. I tend to keep things really simple—I am a whiskey-or-tequila-with-an-ice-cube girl. There is a cocktail I had in Toronto, at Branca, [and it] has two ingredients: Campari and ice wine. As I am currently pregnant, I am not drinking, but before I always [had] those ready to go. The second bar, which is in the office, is where we keep all of the really fancy liquor and all of [Craig’s] fancy whiskeys. We’ve had things happen in the past where one of us, usually me, at a party will be like, ‘Oh my god, you’ve never had scotch, you have to try this Balvenie!’ Then all of a sudden the bottle gets drunk completely and Craig gets kind of sad about it. So having the bar in the office offers protections from his over-generous wife.”

“I love the living room because I love that poker table so much. It makes me so happy, and to me, it is so unexpected. [I got it] when my friend Georgia’s grandmother was moving—I bought it off of [her]. I would say 10% at least of our furniture is from grandmas. For instance, the chairs that are around the poker table and the chairs that are around [the] breakfast nook, both of those are from Craig’s grandma, and I just had them reupholstered. This is my first big-girl house in the sense that I had custom things—to me that felt extraordinarily adult, having things created for the house.”

“For some reason, I really wanted mustard drapes in my bedroom—that was important to me, I have no idea why. I was really feeling the avocado, goldenrod vibes of the era. A friend made fun of me when she first came into the house and saw the living room and said, 'Oh, so the whole color scheme is based off of what looks good on a redhead.' It is all evergreen, gold, and pops of chestnut orange.”

“When we first moved in, as a housewarming present to my husband, I commissioned [a] portrait in the front hallway of Buster [my dog] and Mochi [my cat]. Those are now at the front of our house, and it's funny to see people’s reaction to it. Anyone I know now who has a pet desperately wants a pet portrait.”

“I always go crazy in powder rooms because it [is] the one place that doesn’t really affect your return on investment. If you sell the house, no one is going to not buy the house because of the powder room. [It’s] inspired by my mother-in-law, who always has hot pink lipstick and blue eyeliner on—she loves it because it is so loud and fun and an aggressive use of color. All of the bathroom vanities are the least expensive Home Depot ones I could find that just got repainted and [had] nice hardware added. The vanity in my bathroom is actually Ikea kitchen drawer sets.”

“[This is] from grandmother Margaret’s house—I’m not kidding, every room has Margaret’s furniture. When I saw the painting I liked it, it had a very fun mid-century look. I found out later that it was done by a slightly famous Northern California artist. I love the color—it ended up driving the color palette for the entire room. It was a fun surprise.”

"I wanted to find daily, functional pieces, obviously because I live here, it’s not a museum. [This house] was an opportunity to be a little more glamorous then I honestly am. There is a tone of gold and lucite everywhere—I had all of that done by a girl who lives in Brooklyn and owns a company called Lux Holdups.”

“I had a giant nightmare dealing with the brass in this house. I ordered all of my bathroom hardware way ahead of time, feeling so smug and good about myself, like finally on top of it, and pieces start coming in, and then I find out halfway through that the finish I chose was discontinued and that is why I only got five random pieces. They were already plugged in, so I couldn’t return them—I had to go and buy the remainder in the cheapest chrome, whatever wasn’t expensive, and then get it dipped to match. My sister is a jewelry designer, so she knew all of the different dippers in the city, and it was so stupid—it was this three-week process that was completely stressful. We didn’t have a drain in our shower for so long.”

“I wanted to embrace all of the goofy aspects of [this house]. I’ve never gone into a home and felt a need to imprint my own point of view on it—I’ve never tried to turn a house into something it’s not. I let the house to be the thing to determine what the end result is. With this house, it has a sunken living room, wood paneling everywhere, that ridiculous fireplace that has a planter in it—I just wanted to keep and improve upon anything that was originally there.”

“We didn’t add any square footage, but we were moving walls. Because of the time this house was built in, there was a maid’s room and a tiny kitchen next to an oversized laundry room. We had to gut that and make a big kitchen, and that required putting in a beam, all of that kind of stuff. It was a big, big job, but for me, a huge part of it was preserving all of the elements that make it special and really capturing that charm and character. It still looks like the Brady Bunch house.”


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