Tour a 1960 Midcentury Modern Ranch Filled With Color and Glam Accents

Blending her Southern roots and sunny So-Cal style, actress Virginia Williams finds happiness in a colorfully reimagined midcentury modern gem. 

Some people keep their wedding china tucked away. Virginia Williams is not one of them. Her beloved Herend Queen Victoria dishes are used often and prominently displayed in a glass cabinet in the dining room. In fact, the pattern's bright blues, pinks, and yellows are what inspired the palette throughout her Los Angeles home. "It feels like the perfect marriage of the South and Southern California," says the Tennessee native.

virginia with dog opening door to colorful home
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In 2013, when the actress and her talent manager husband, Bradford Bricken, purchased the 1960 modern ranch—originally designed by architect Perry Neuschatz of the famous Neutra Group—it was dark and dated. But the couple was looking for a project, not only to create a home that fit their style but also as a way to heal after suffering three miscarriages.

With the help of friend and interior designer Seyie Putsure, they covered the wood paneling in white paint, which welcomes the rainbow of Virginia's favorite hues. Putsure also layered in a few Hollywood Regency notes—mirrored, metallic, and lacquered finishes and crystal details—as a nod to the couple's professions in the entertainment industry.

white dining room with yellow chairs and colorful decor
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Today, the house sports a punchy Palm Springs look that complements the midcentury architecture as well as the vibrancy of a young family that now includes two energetic boys (Ford, 6, and Beau, 4). "It's bright and fun and sunny," Virginia says. "Even when it's a mess, it still feels happy."

Clean white walls and crisp midcentury architecture set a neutral backdrop for Virginia Williams' favorite colors. The upholstery on the dining chairs pulls the yellow from her and her husband's wedding china displayed in the cabinet. "Virginia loves color, she loves glamour, she loves shine," says Putsure. "The house needed to be updated to feel hip, cool, and fresh, but they also wanted it to reflect who they are."

bright and colorful midcentury modern living room
David Tsay

Playful updates recast antique pieces in a modern light. Case in point: The vintage bergère chairs, which came with the house, are covered in a vibrant indoor-outdoor (aka kid-friendly) banana leaf fabric. The pattern is Putsure's tribute to The Beverly Hills Hotel, a Hollywood Regency-style icon.

breakfast nook with bright blue booth and pink flowers
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Slim Aarons' 1970 Poolside Glamour photograph echoes the kitchen's vibrant palette. High-shine accents— the crystal chandelier and lacquered cabinetry— add a touch of glamour. Continuing the trad notes, Putsure says, "The Louis Ghost chairs open up the space and have the same French-inspired silhouette as the bergères in the living room."

Virginia Williams

We've worked for years on this house, room by room, and it finally feels like something that's ours.

— Virginia Williams
home office with pops of orange and pink color
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In another Palm Springs influence, Virginia's office introduces an unexpected color—tangerine—in a vibrant cabana stripe on the ceiling. The bright pink on the rug and chrome finishes on the light fixture, lamp, and chairs tie the scheme to the rest of the house.

Designer Tips for Decorating with Bold Colors

Love bold bursts of color? Interior designer Seyie Putsure suggests starting with two colors. Analogous colors (those next to each other on the color wheel) always work together. In this home, Putsure went with blue and green.

green patterned wallpaper bathroom
David Tsay

Be consistent, and build on the variations within a color family to add depth. Emerald, aquamarine, and kelly (all green hues) form a color thread that connects each room. "It's important to have continuity so it all feels like part of the same home," Putsure says. A small space tames the effect of a big, bright pattern, like the wallpaper in this powder room.

white kitchen counter with exposed shelves and colorful decor
David Tsay

Introduce accent colors for interest but stay within the same color value. Putsure used brighter jewel tones throughout (avoiding pastels) to keep the mood consistent and energetic.

Updated by
Liz Strong

Liz Strong is a Los Angeles-based photographer and interior designer.

She has worked as a decor and home editor for Coastal Living, producing and styling content as well as art directing projects from start to finish.

Liz is the founder of her eponymous company, Liz Strong Style, where she often collaborates with clients and publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, for editorial and advertorial features.

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