Chris and Christy Thiessen moved to the Bluff Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, California three years ago. Coming from Atlanta, Georgia, they decided to start fresh by leaving their furniture behind rather than bringing it along for the cross country drive. This bold move allowed them to re-evaluate their style and simplify. Two years after settling into this seaside home they appear to have embraced their new California lifestyle. Christy says they try to find a balance between masculine and feminine, adding texture and pattern to create a space that is reflective of their work and passions, whether it be a memento filled cork board or a triptych of vintage skateboards. Their favorite thing about their home is the French doors in the bedroom that allow them to enjoy the sunshine and ocean breeze. Christy is the other half of Hello Gem (see her business partner Chelsea’s home here), a wedding and event planning company specializing in event design, flowers and invitations, while Chris creates skateboarding films for TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine. Thank you Chris and Christy and thanks to Forrest Kline for the photos! -Shannon
Image above: This is one of my favorite corners of our home because it is where my creativity thrives. If I am sitting in that chair, that means I am hard at work creating something. The cork board holds mementos of trips, inspirational photos, sweet cards from friends and invitations we’ve designed. The desk is Ikea- but I tampered with the legs to give a sleeker look. The shell chair was a gift from Chris.
Image above: This West Elm credenza is the best Craigslist find of my life, which we purposed as a bar as well as an incognito way of storing our movie collection. The clipboard wall is a tribute to the fun times with our friends. The rug was a steal I found at Pottery Barn.
See more of Chris and Christy’s California home after the jump…
Image above: I have had major desires for a black fireplace for some years now, so when we moved into this house, I knew it was the perfect fireplace to paint a glossy black. I love how much attention it demands in the room, as well as the way it interacts with the hardwood floor.
Image above: The tufted couch was my first big furniture purchase, which I got at Macy’s. The arm chair has a funny story behind it- I purchased it with money I won in a contest at America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Image above: I constructed the striped shades in my kitchen from mini blinds. The wooden arrow is from Slippin’ Southern.
Image above: We recently exchanged our large farm table for this cafe table from West Elm, and is a perfect fit for us in our kitchen. I discovered these chairs at a vintage shop who had recently acquired them from the Scientology Center in Los Angeles. We have a full set, but the other two are in the living room for when friends come over. The rug was a wonderful find from the Long Beach Flea Market. The Georgia print is by Kelsey Oseid.
Image above: I’ve collected portrait paintings for as long as I can recall, and this lady is one of my favorite finds- I found her at an antique shop near our house. The rug is another Long Beach Flea Market find.
Image above: These skateboards from the 1960s were a gift to my husband for our 2nd anniversary. The painting of Chris and me was done by our extremely talented friend, Ashley Fundora.
Image above: Like I mentioned, this french door window is our favorite feature of our home. I am captivated by whales, so I have many gifted whale treasures throughout our home. The top print is by Michelle Morin and the bottom was thrifted.
Image above: We recently lost trees in our front yard that once canopied over the whole yard, so this area has been our biggest labor of love to try to bring back that charm. There have been countless nights with friends around our fire pit. I love our camellia bush so much that I don’t mind the mess it leaves behind.