sneak peek: jason hines and stephanie trigg


This 1920s Santa Monica, California, beach bungalow is home to Jason Hines and Stephanie Trigg. Originally from Denver, Jason moved to the West Coast over a year ago in pursuit of the surfing culture he had read about in magazines, and he landed a job as a digital designer at TBWA\Chiat\Day. The best part of his job is that he has the flexibility to get his work done and still have time to enjoy the surroundings (even if it means working from his Vanagon). And the best perk (well one of them) of living with Stephanie is that she’s a professional set decorator, so there are always fresh flowers throughout the house and new things popping up every day. Originally from LA, Stephanie loves street art, and Jason loves bicycles and the outdoors. Together they try to infuse their styles and share their mutual love of displaying their friends’ art. Thanks, Jason and Stephanie, and thanks to Forged in the North for the photos (click here for more)! — Anne

Image above: We love how the old craftsman style was preserved throughout our home. I never thought I would literally have a white picket fence in front of my house. It’s a cozy one-bedroom, but it fits us perfectly.

Image above: We went to Nashville last October and stopped by “Hatch Show Print” and walked out with this great vintage poster. The Ikat print duvet is by Michael Kors, and our accent table Stephanie found at a flea market in Kentucky for $16.

Image above: What we love most about our home is its California heritage, i.e., the history our house holds. It was moved in the 30s from Venice to Santa Monica when the car craze boomed and they filled in most of the Venice canals with roads.

More inside Jason and Stephanie’s Santa Monica bungalow after the jump . . .

Image above: We utilize our built-in cabinetry as our own private bar, and seem to collect glasses from all of our travels. Gunnar, our Boston Terrier, loves to roll around in our shag carpet. The teal and red colored throw pillow was handmade by myself. The pinecone was found in Mammoth Lakes, CA. The bowling pin was from Stephanie’s bowling days.

Image above: The oatmeal paste poster on the left is by a famous street artist in Los Angeles, Restitution Press. I collect vintage beer cans, which line the back window sill. My favorite hobby out here in SoCal is to surf; I went 111 days last year. The poster on the right is a Colfax print by Denver-based designer Andrew Hoffman.

Image above: The top picture is Stephanie’s favorite. Her father was a professional photographer and took this picture of her mother in the 70s. The other family photos consist of her father as a young child and her grandmother and mother again in decorative picture frames on the table.

Image above: This cuckoo clock was given to Stephanie from her godfather; it’s one of her favorite childhood memories. Her godparents picked it up while traveling in Germany many years ago.

Image above: We love to cook and spend most of our time in this corner, finding new recipes and trying new things. The framed photos above the stove of NY graffiti in the 80s were taken by Stephanie’s father.

Image above: Our badass watch dog, Gunnar. The ruler of the castle. He likes to sleep here and look out the window at the passersby like a cat.

Image above: We like to ride bikes a lot out here. With 267 days of sunshine, there are plenty of reasons to hit the beach on a tandem. The buck holds the keys to all the doors in the castle.

Image above: Our favorite thing to do at home is plan our next adventure. We both have the traveling spirit in us and are constantly picking new places to explore. Just this last year, we managed to hit up 3 different countries and 9 different states and show no signs of stopping.

Image above: Grilling out is a year-round thing out here. It’s great to have parties in our backyard and throw some darts. We hung up this dartboard with a frame we found at a thrift store.

Image above: The best part about living in California is being surrounded by inspiring views. I like to park my Vanagon next to the beach and do a little work. When it’s time to take a break, I throw on the wetsuit and grab some surf!

Image above: My 1985 Volkswagen, Vanagon. She lets me explore every corner of this amazing state and reminds me daily to Live Simply.

  1. What a wonderful life….there’s nothing like building your life around your hobbies…and it’s so neat that the one homeowner can park his van in a lot, do some work, and then go get some R&R surfing. I need to do this more in my life. But even taking frequent knitting breaks would work for me. :)

  2. Jenny says:

    That tandem picture is amazing. We recently got a tandem (just three months ago) and we’re loving learning how to ride as a team. Please tell me where did you get the picture?

  3. Sue Anfang says:

    Wow, this is cool. I stumbled on this blog via a facebook friend link….we sold Jason’s home in Toronto before they moved….small world!!

  4. tina matilde says:

    it’s funny to finally see the inside of a house you’ve simply driven past for years.

  5. Katrina says:

    Love this home. Love. It’s so personal and looks inviting.

  6. carrie says:

    i lived right across the street to this house. I now miss Santa Monica more than ever. Great neighborhood!

  7. Sarah Reiss says:

    If you ever found the time to reproduce that photo of Stephanie’s mom from the 70s, I’d totally be interesting in buying a print. I LOVE it!

  8. Eleanor says:

    You have a really cute home, Jason & Stephanie – I love the personal details & bits of family history – & the colours in your bedroom are gorgeous. Are the lights in your garden solar-powered, & can you tell me where they’re from? Thanks!

  9. Sarah Reiss says:

    If you ever found the time to reproduce that photo of Stephanie’s mom from the 70s, I’d totally be interesting in buying a print. I LOVE it!

    Your home makes me miss living in So Cal more than I can express without weeping at my desk.

  10. Pam says:

    Where is that fabulous buck head from? I’m forever losing my keys on tabletops and that would be a perfect and stylish solution!

  11. Love the charming front facade of this home. It’s so lovely.
    Also completely swooning over that Ikat duvet. So stunning.

  12. stacey carr says:

    I miss my ’82 Vanagon– thanks for sharing your story!

  13. Designlover, Esq. says:

    I’m with PAM– where did you get the buck head? Love it– and just wasted a little too many billable minutes looking for it online. =)

  14. Very cool – and inspiring! I didn’t see the Los Elementos poster framed anywhere…. Hmmm.

  15. Ribbu says:

    Love the photo of Stephanie’s mom. What a treasure to have in the heart of your home! She looks totally badass.

  16. Emily says:

    Great home! I’m wondering who makes the ceiling fan in the living room? Thanks!

  17. Aunt Karen says:

    Loved seeing pictures of your house. It was like I was visiting in person. Great photos of the family setting around.

  18. To answer some questions:
    The Buck head was from Home Goods.
    The Tandem Bike Pic is actually a card from Paper Source that we liked so much we decided to frame it.
    As for the photograph of my mom, I can price it out and see if you’ll still be interested in purchasing, please contact us directly here:
    Thanks Everyone for the positive feedback!
    -Stephanie & Jason

  19. Joel Bouckaert says:

    The one thing that I’ve always liked about Design Sponge is that it brings readers actual ‘homes.’ While I still enjoy articles on innovative, modern, and minimalist design, the ideas are often very trendy and cookie cutter with a feeling that it’s just not ‘lived in.’ This beach bungalow is a good representation of Design Sponge and its idea as a whole. It is good design that is enjoyed by normal people on a daily basis. Nice article.

  20. Marina says:

    The bottle caps in the bottle :p !

  21. Bonnie says:

    Love the 70s picture of your Mom and love the badass watchdog cat! (And the house is great, too!)

  22. Courtney says:

    Tours like this make me dream of a beach bungalow of my own. Very nice!

  23. frank says:

    looks like you’re out of maker’s mark!

  24. What a great little place; lots of Soul. Thanks for the peak, DS; this makes me want to go back to California (my dad’s family is there) and get out on the road again! Heidi

  25. Laura says:

    More than your house (which is great), I love your lifestyle. You have much to envy.

  26. So cool and simple. It’s been ages since I’ve seen a dart board. Love it. mx

  27. Amberly says:

    Awesome detail in the kitchen!

  28. Lisa says:

    I am looking for a dartboard for my backyard! any suggestions on what works/doesn’t work well outside (I’m in SoCal as well….Manhattan Beach). Thanks for any tips!

  29. consolemak says:

    Thanks for posting…you have a wonderful setup and I dig every aspect of it. Cheers from Deutschland.

  30. ryan graeff says:

    Thanks for the support!! beautiful blog page.



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