Nearly two years ago, Misha and Scott stumbled upon an online listing for a 50s ranch-style home in the heart of an upcoming area in Phoenix. As Misha explains, “when we saw this place online, we knew we had to see it!” As the Co-Owner of pith+marrow, a local creative teaching platform that brings people together to collaborate and learn skills in various crafts, being central to the Phoenix community was important to Misha — and this house checked off all of the boxes. Before they knew it, this 1,500-square-foot rancher became home to Phoenix-native and corporate attorney, Scott, Misha, and Luna, their feline and the mascot of #houseofgarbs.
In addition to running pith+marrow, Misha works as an event coordinator and prop stylist, so her love for all things interior and organization spills into her own home decor and design. But the process of making their updated house feel personal has admittedly been a marathon rather than a sprint. First and foremost came the inevitability of purchasing all of the un-glamorous but necessary things — a washer and dryer, mattress, window coverings et al — and since, it’s been a gradual process to transform the home into a clean, inviting space with nods to mid-century modern style.
Updating an older home while maintaining its charm and character is a challenge, but lucky for Misha and Scott, a lot of the structural work had already been done by the previous owners who knocked down walls to create the open-concept layout, and added 14-foot-long Arcadia sliding glass doors off the dining room. “We’re constantly getting positive feedback about the [space],” says Misha, but there’s still some items on their to-do list when it comes to transforming the house into their dream home. “The front[yard] and backyard are our arch nemesis’,” explains Misha, “We’ve realized how wasteful watering grass in the desert is and have started the process of hardscaping the front yard.” In addition, their detached laundry room, which you can only access by going outside, also poses a challenge, especially in the winter. Inside, however, the space has come together through their neutral decor, juxtaposition of classic and modern furniture pieces, and the various updates executed. Despite the outstanding items on their to-do list, their home feels grand, inviting and oh-so-cozy, and Misha and Scott feel lucky everyday to have serendipitously found this 1950s rancher (and many of its contents) buried in online ads. You just never know what you might find if you never look for it! –Sabrina
Photography by Misha West