By Blake Miller
Cari and Matt Field assumed they’d never find their dream home. The criteria: it had to be tucked among towering pine trees but less than 20 minutes from Hollywood. So when they first saw the 2,500 square-foot circa-1956 Mid-Century Modern fixer upper in Glendale, the couple didn’t hesitate to make an offer.
“We’ve always been torn between wanting to live in a big city and in nature,” says Cari. “Behind our home is 250 acres of wildlife, hiking, nature. But we are 15 minutes from Silver Lake, Los Feliz, and Hollywood. The first time we brought the kids to see it, we were outside talking to a friend, and we looked over and both of our kids had laid down in the driveway and were just gazing at the sky and pine trees. That’s what we wanted for them.”
After tweaking the layout and hiring designer Deirdre Doherty of Deirdre Doherty Interiors to bring their vision for a contemporary take on Mid-Century Modern to fruition, the family of four are now smitten with the result. “The house looks likes us and incorporates personal items, art, and ideals,” says Cari, “but in a much more beautiful way than we could have ever pulled off on our own.”