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A Vintage Lover’s Home in Long Beach, CA

by Tawnee Madlen Walker

 You can find just about anything online these days, including the perfect house. After randomly Googling “homes for sale in Long Beach,” Michelle and Karim Qazi found themselves on a website that specializes in Cliff May homes. With king palms, a swimming pool, and more windows than walls, they were more than sold on their first home – they were in love.

Before moving in, the happy couple knew that they needed to tear down walls, move the laundry out of the kitchen and into the garage, and gut the kitchen. They got the renovation process started and left for a few weeks to get married in Hawaii. When they returned, the only place that wasn’t completely torn up or full of storage was the garage. They opened up the garage door and tried to eat some drive-thru tacos – their first official meal at home. But without a working light in the garage, they had to open and close the garage every two minutes to trigger the overhead light to stay on.

Fortunately, they’ve come a long way since then. They now have two kids, two dogs, and a beautiful home full of unique treasures. As the owner of 6th and Detroit, a vintage store located in Downtown Long Beach, CA and online, it’s only natural for Michelle to express her creative spirit in decorating her home. Her goal was to “…create an inviting, warm space by mixing mid-century styles that feel current and using as many textures as possible. [She] wanted to embrace indoor/outdoor living and utilize all the natural light.” With a clean, functional home surrounded sunlight and plants, the Qazi family created their own paradise in California. —Tawnee

Photography by Christel Robleto



Living Room
Green Couch – Custom design by David Galindo
Embroidered Pillows – Safavieh
Rug and Coffee Table- Vintage by 6th And Detroit
Mirror – Homegoods
White Potted Plants – Peacock & Co.

Detail Living Room Shot:
Painted Sun Mirror – Vintage Etsy
White Circle Wall Sconce – Ikea
Cane Club Chair – American Standard Supply Co.
Pillow, Rug, Rattan Plant Stand and African Market Basket – Vintage by 6th And Detroit
White Potted Ponytail Palm – Peacock & Co.

Detail Living Room Shot
White Potted Fiddle Leaf – Peacock & Co.
Ceramic Lamp – Vintage Etsy
Speaker Table – Long Beach Flea Market
George Nelson Herman Miller Sofa Table – Xscape
Rug – Vintage by 6th And Detroit

Detail Corner Window Shot
Peacock Chair and All Other Items – Vintage by 6th And Detroit
All Plants – Peacock & Co.

Dining Room
Plant Stool – Homegoods
Marimekko Fabric Art – Long Beach Flea Market
Dining Room Chairs and Electric Chord Organ – Vintage by 6th And Detroit
Dining Table – Gift from Mom
White Potted Cactus – Peacock & Co.
George Nelson Bubble Lamp – Modernica

Kitchen Detail Shot
Countertops – Caeserstone
Stove – Electrolux
Bread Box – Target
Brass Knobs – Lowes
All Wicker and Pottery – Vintage by 6th And Detroit

Michelle, Hamilton & Davis
Sail Shade – REI Shades
Outdoor Couch – Design Within Reach
Blue Trunk – Vintage by 6th And Detroit

Master Bedroom
White Potted Dumb Cane Plant, Fiddle Leaf, and All Potted Succulents – Peacock & Co.
George Nelson Bubble Lamps – Modernica
Bed Frame – Vintage Ebay
White Sheets – Macy’s
Southwestern Bench – Homegoods
Turkish Towel – Hamamlique
Kilim Pillows, Rattan Swivel Chair, Straw Hat, Sheepskin Rug – Vintage by 6th And Detroit
Dresser – Long Beach Flea Market

Hamilton’s Room
Bed, Trundle & Book Shelf – Oeuf
Duvet – Ikea
Yellow Pillows – Target
Owl Pillow – Fab
Scrabble Pillow – Etsy
Sheep Pillow – Homegoods
Green Throw – Vintage by 6th And Detroit
Mirror – Homegoods
Carpet Tiles – Flor

Boy’s Bathroom
Shower Curtain – Target
Turkish Towel –Hamamlique
Rug – Homegoods
Sink & Mirror Cabinet – Ikea
Pothos Plants – Peacock & Co.

A Vintage Lover's Home in Long Beach
As you walk in the front door, you are welcomed with this colorful view of the Qazi family's living space.
The painted sun mirror was the inspiration for the 6th and Detroit logo. It sits above a vintage chair located by a unique built-in brick planter adjacent to the fireplace.
Michelle loved the contrast of the original birch wall next to the white brick. She hid the subwoofer speaker in a flea market find next to her very first "after-remodel" splurge -- a George Nelson Herman Miller modular sofa table.
The living room is designed extremely long and narrow, so they recruited the help of David Galindo, an interior designer, to make this custom built couch to navigate the awkward layout. "We needed a couch that kept in line with the open floor plan, while being able to enjoy the fireplace AND the TV," Michelle notes.
Michelle keeps her plants happy with the sunlight coming from the signature Cliff May window corner. "This peacock chair was supposed to be another 6th And Detroit shop item, but I am in love with it too much to part with," Michelle says.
The goal of the dining room was to keep the focus on the space's white brick walls. Mixing dining room chairs works with Michelle's eclectic style, adding visual interest in the most minimalist room in her house.
"Our designer helped us pick two different veneers to avoid being too matchy, one side is burl and the other teak," Michelle says about the kitchen remodel. She updated the look while staying true to the original aesthetic of the home.
The backsplash is from Italy. "We loved how the convex shape and color pop against the wood. We couldn't opt for a hood over our stove, so we were super relieved to discover a hidden vent that goes down into the counter and pops out when you need it. Nine years ago that felt very 'Jetsons' to us!" Michelle adds.
With year-round good weather, California residents can continuously enjoy beautiful outdoor lounge spots. Michelle's family hangs out here when they are taking a break from swimming, eating snacks or watching the sunset. The sail shade is custom made and has made it easier to enjoy the outdoors.
This is a view looking out towards the front gate entrance and the impressive king palms on the property.
The family kept with the aesthetic of the home with a cable wire fence and teak on top to add warmth.
They extended the shallow end of their pool for the kids to hang out. Unfortunately, they tiled the pool with the same tile you'd use in a bathroom. Pool tile is much stronger, so they are starting to see some cracks.
"The wallpaper used to be a bright green originally, but over time, all the sunlight that fills this room throughout the day faded it out, but we actually really like it like this! The fade on it definitely gives off a more vintage feel and makes it a bit more neutral tone than a pop. This room was actually extended out by two feet along the wallpaper wall by the previous owners and it makes such a nice difference. "
Once again, Michelle kept a chair that she intended to sell, but couldn't part with. "It really does take a lot to not keep [a] majority of my finds. It's a good thing we don't live in a bigger house, or else I wouldn't have any inventory in the shop! "
Michelle found this dresser at the Long Beach Flea Market. "This is where I put my accessories on for work and I just love having it filled with succulent creations by my girl Peacock and Co. She's my uber talented shop neighbor that I visit frequently to buy for my home and the shop."
This is their son Hamilton's room, which is Michelle's favorite room in the house. "...he has windows on each side with the most lush view of greenery," she adds.
"This bookshelf couldn't be a more perfect size for this small amount of wall. I try my best to make sure to keep the windows nice and clear as much as I can as to not obstruct the view."
The blue boys' bathroom has a view of the tallest succulent they have right outside the window.
"What I love most about our home is indoor-outdoor living."
Built in 1954, this 1,383-square-foot home is full of history and light.

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  • Is that “tallest succulent” an African milk tree? Those things grow like crazy, even on the east coast! ‘Had to cut off the tops a few times and propagate. More plants for friends!

  • I’m struck dumb with jealousy. Beautiful home, furnishings and landscaping. And that sunshine!

  • What a wonderful space, the custom made green couch is lovely and what the sun has done to that wallpaper in the bedroom is stunning! Very tranquil!

  • Thank you so much Laura! I was hesitant with the green at first, but in the end so happy to see it with the pink rug. And yes, the faded wallpaper is actually better than it was before!

  • Woooooow! I don’t often comment but your home is incredible. I love the warmth created by the wood and textiles. Those outdoor cushions in particular are tops.

  • Hi – Who did you use for your cable wire fence around your pool? We’re local and interested in doing something similar. Thanks!