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, 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