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Home tour: A thoroughly modern L.A. couple

August 17, 2010 |  7:08 am


"Midcentury Modern" was a term without much meaning to Greg Steinberg, but then he started renovating his bachelor pad off Melrose Avenue with his then-girlfriend, Alexandra Becket.

Becket_2 She was more than familiar with the phrase. Her grandfather helped to define it. Welton Becket designed some of Los Angeles' most iconic Midcentury architecture, including the Capitol Records building in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Music Center and the landmark Cinerama Dome movie theater.

The couple, recently married, enjoyed remodeling their home so much that they have put their respective careers on hold to go into house flipping. Becket, an artist and textile designer who has sold her work to Trina Turk, Anthropologie and Los Angeles-based clothing designer Rozae Nichols, has begun remodeling and reselling other homes in Silver Lake and Highland Park with Steinberg under the name ModOp Design.

Check out our photo gallery to see how they maximized space and added some Midcentury flavor to their two-bedroom house.

-- Lizzie Garrett Mettler

Top photo: The main living area in Becket and Steinberg's home, where the Batchelder fireplace is original.

Bottom photo: Above an old record player, hats hang on a vintage Eames rack.

Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times



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