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A Custom, Cozy, and Lively Space in Long Beach, CA

by Grace Bonney

There’s a very soft spot in my heart for this tree-lined street in Long Beach, CA. It’s blocks away from where I grew up, so it feels familiar and homey. Many of the houses have bikes and toys sprinkled about in the front lawns. There’s a sense of community. As a parent, this is the kind of street where I want my own child to grow up. While it’s easy to fall in love with the area, it’s even easier to fall in love with Eric and Heather Trine’s house.

In the two and a half years Eric, Heather and daughter Evie have lived here, they’ve managed to create a minimalist space that beautifully maintains a warm and inviting vibe. Their home is designed with gathering, family and play in mind, while still serving as a place to showcase collected pieces that stand out. A product and furniture designer, Eric has filled the space with his own work that fits his family and home to a tee. The clean lines of the 1947 building are complemented by Eric’s custom work. Each piece has been thoughtfully made, and produced with function and form in mind.

The couple joins forces as a team to make the space work cohesively. “Eric likes really stark, minimal spaces, but Heather really likes texture, warmth, coziness,” they note. “Heather tries to bring warmth to Eric’s innate starkness, and he, in turn, is really good at bringing about new and fresh ideas to a space that would otherwise be a bit dull. Eric gathers the elements and Heather has an eye for composition.” Their teamwork has really paid off to make this bright and cozy house a stylish, fun, and happy home. Enjoy a peek at their great space, and keep an eye out for the couple’s “favorite things.” —Kalie

Photography by Eric Trine

This is your view upon first entering the house. A dimensional, thoughtful and alive room with great flow and energy. The painted shapes appear throughout the living room/dining room and create wonderful interest and depth. Heather, who after spending years in the fashion industry finds herself in the fortunate position of being at home full-time with their daughter, ranks their coffee table as her Favorite Thing. An Eric Trine original, Heather “…love[s] sitting on the floor around the table while chatting with friends or playing a game. It’s a good height and the roundness is great for avoiding toddler bonks.” All fantastic qualities in a coffee table.
The family room is outfitted with a comfy, enveloping sectional, and soft-under-foot rug that invites you to cuddle up and enjoy a view of the fire place on the wall opposite. A pair of Trine’s signature Rod+Weave chair’s sit off to the side of the front door; their simple, clean lines perfectly complimenting the couch. If you’re lucky, you might catch a toddler ballet recital while lounging.
More on the painted shapes that fill the space from Eric,”this idea came about because we realized the kind of art we wanted on the walls was only there to provide a bit of color – so we decided to bypass finding the right art and just painted shapes directly onto the wall.”
Eric and Heather Trine, with their daughter Evie.
We round the corner to their light filled dining room. Their simple and stately dining table (another Trine original) anchors the space where the family of three loves to gather at the end of every day. This room is a favorite for Eric; its large window leading to their backyard being his favorite architectural element of the house. From here we get a peak of their back patio where barbecuing and bonfires are enjoyed on the weekends.
Your eyes might be drawn to the happiest little fiddle leaf fig on the block, but look down and you see the latest of Trine’s work, that debuted at Grow London.
At the top of Eric’s list of favorites? “I love my collection of objects I’ve been able to trade[my work] for with friends.” His B Zippy vase, Fort Standard bottle opener, and Kat&Roger Vase are just a few of the treasures he’s added to his collection. Wall piece by Heather Levine.
From their kitchen, that’s located right off the dining room, you get a prime view of the lush and shaded backyard. With it’s ferns and huge shade tree, complete with hanging tree chair, it’s no wonder the couples two and a half year old daughter swears fairies stop by, and leave gifts of fairy dust.
The galley kitchen is sun-filled and airy with it’s white cabinets and simple hardware. The dark subway tile backsplash adds great contrast to the space.
Who wouldn’t love to grow up in this backyard? And who wouldn’t love to have a dad that can build you a pink play gym of your very own?
Peeking into the Master Bedroom from the hallway, we see even more custom pieces. The shelves were made especially for this space, and house a select collection of books and special pieces. The couples nightstands, a matching set, were also made special for the space, and are complimented by a wall weaving by Trine’s friend Rachel Duvall.
A closer look at some of the family’s books and collectables.
And, you guessed it. The couples bed frame is also a Trine original. Simple, minimal, and clean, made in the furniture maker’s signature metal and wood combo. The sunny room opens out onto the back patio, and is made warm and fun with a Dusen Dusen duvet and print by Laure Joliet. The red pillow is a collab between Eric and Illustrator Will Bryant, called Staycation.
The front bathroom was redone in October of last year, and is clean, bright, and simple. Hand towel rack is by Trine, and adorned with Dusen Dusen towels and a Chris Earl vase.
Another fiddle leaf fig atop Eric’s creation, the Octahedron Side Table.
“What I love most about our house is the family that fills it.”

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  • Hello, not sure if it’s just me, but every time I try to view this post there are no pictures. I can see everything else just fine! Thanks!

  • I love everything about this space…from the clean lines, bright light, airy-non-cluttered rooms, geometric shape painted on the wall, pattern in doses, and Eric’s own work. I recognized some other designers too (Wolfum, for example?), in addition to those mentioned, which really makes this home an ode to all the wonderful things being produced by the modern design community. It’s the perfect blend of minimal aesthetic meets warmth. (Who makes the diptych above the couch…and I’d love your plant growing tips!)

  • I like the way they have put the colourful geometric shapes on the walls to break up the vast white expanses and frame objects. I have done something similar in my bedroom but wasn’t quite so brave with the shapes sticking to rectangles. Really nice space.

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