A modern farmhouse with traditional instincts in Redondo Beach
At Home with Allyn Leoff
“The Avenues” of South Redondo Beach.
How long at this current home?
Originally purchased the lot in 2006 when we had just had our first son. Remodeled in 2009 when we had our second son. Tore it down and rebuilt in 2016 when we realized these three boys weren’t going to get any smaller! After 18 months of building with Dave Valenzuela of Lane Design+Build, we moved in November of 2016 … just in time to host Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Who else lives here?
My husband and three sons.
How would you describe the style of your home?
I would say modern farmhouse with a mix of traditional. But no rules apply. I like a little bit of everything.
Did you employ any help with its interior design?
Yes! Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors. She was amazing and understood my style instantly. She pushed me to have fun and spend money on cool details such as tile flooring, cabinet details, barn door designs—but to be practical and indestructible for our busy household and crazy sports/entertaining lifestyle.
A favorite room in the home?
I love every room because each is functional, but I especially love the living room because it embodies everything we tried to do with the house. It is where my family gathers to hang out, play games and watch our favorite shows. We could even fit over 75 people to watch USC dominate in the Rose Bowl.
Minimalism or the more the merrier?
Both! I like everything to look clean and organized, but if it’s too sparse it feels too cold.
Any special attachments to a piece of art in the home?
A painting by Darren Waterston that my husband and I inherited from his grandparents’ art collection. It hangs in our dining room.
Neutrals or color for your preferred palette?
I would probably say neutral with pops of color … lots of blue and grey accents. I really like having neutral walls and big pieces of furniture so you can have fun with pillows, rugs and accessories.
What should every home have and why?
A great dining room table. That’s the one place where everyone can really come together.
What will NEVER make its way into your home?
Never say never!
What keeps you living there?
A great street and amazing neighbors. Before we built, we looked around and realized we could never leave. If you could change one thing at the home, what would it be? I’m still in the “honeymoon” phase, so nothing yet.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
Nowhere else. South Redondo is perfect for us
Love comes in many forms. For these South Bay couples, it comes in strong and exuberant. They open up to us and tell us how they make it work.