With a shared love of historic Craftsman architecture, Chelsea and Forrest Kline knew they had found their home in the Bluff Park neighborhood of Long Beach, California seven years ago. Brimming with Craftsman details and built-ins, this charming abode won them over and they knew that no matter how they filled the space it would look great. Over the years they’ve filled their home with a colorful array of Mid-Century furniture, quirky vintage finds and their own artistic creations. Though they live in an area with an excellent bar scene, they prefer to entertain at home and love having friends over for drinks, BBQ’s and game night. Chelsea co-owns an event company called Hello Gem, with Christy Thiessen, specializing in all things wedding related while Forrest is a musician and plays in a band called Hellogoodbye. Thank you Chelsea and Forrest! –Shannon
Image above: Forrest got this piano for $70 dollars at the flea market, learned how to tune it and made it into a tack piano and he has been happily recording it ever since. The bench was a fun re-upholstery project!
Image above: This is our music room (Forrest has dubbed it the ‘music enjoyment facility’) which doubles as our guest room. We hung a bunch of our favorite records on the wall with binder clips for easy access. Forrest also hung some of his guitars on the wall so he can mess around in there while listening to records.
See more of Chelsea and Forrest’s California home after the jump…
Image above: This is a weird planter that I found at a random garden store. He was an ugly terra-cotta color. I spray painted him white so he would match the rest of the colors in my dining room. He is one of my favorite DIY projects that I have done!
Image above: I love the old original brick and the random colors. I also love the symmetry it brings to the whole room. I put my collection of Jonathan Adler figures on the mantle because I loved the way the popped against the brick.
Image above: The bar sign is a recent relic from my sister Rachael’s wedding, who made the ceramic letters herself and mounted on a board by her now-husband, Travis. There’s a heavy handed gem theme we’re in love with, with the mostly gemstone related art and gem wine corkers. You can also see a bit of one of the two portraits Christy (the other half of hellogem) did of our beloved dogs.
Image above: We love gray. We had this made by Room Service, give us a color option and we usually pick gray. The art on the walls is by Ashleyg who we were also lucky enough to have do portraits of us for our wedding invites and some tee shirt designs for Forrest’s band (the dining room also has some amazing collages by Jeffrey Meyer who then did the cover artwork for one of forrest’s record). Truly, a testament to the age of interconnectedness!
Image above: Another major selling point for us was having a fireplace in our bedroom, unfortunately the original fireplace wasn’t our style so we remodeled it and painted the brick and added a different mantle that mimicked the moldings downstairs. The mirror over the fireplace was a Homegoods find! the photograph of the deer on the mantle should be mentioned as it was a particularly magic evening our first time in yosemite, there was deer and birds and flowers bloomed everywhere!
Image above: This is a painting me and Forrest created. We wanted something huge, but didn’t want to spend an arm and leg for art. I’m surprised how awesome it turned out! For our first ever painting we were pretty proud of ourselves.
Image above: We actually created this gallery wall for Forrest’s album art for his record “Would it Kill You?”, and loved it so much that we kept it. It’s a mix of flea market finds and random art work we have collected over the years.
Image above: More of our affinity for black & white. this bathroom was once an island of gaudy pink & Roman weirdness that stuck out like an island of gaudy pink & Roman weirdness in a historic California craftsman home.
Image above: We LOVE being Californians so we thought it only proper to hang a flag in the backyard. REPRESENT! We also created this succulent wall out of cinderblocks, super easy DIY project that keeps flourishing and changing all year round.
Image above: The chairs are from IKEA and I love them. We also live for BBQing and hanging out in the backyard so it’s super nice to have a fire place everyone can hang out around, and the malm is great because we can move it around where we need it! We also feel fortunate to have trees full of squirrels flanking our fence.