In a quiet pocket of Bel Air, artist and designer Christa Martin and her husband, TV executive Geoff Katz have given new life to a very special, mid-century home. The house was designed by architect, Bill Mack and sits on a slope in the Santa Monica mountains with hillside views and a pool. After 3 months of intense renovations, their home is now a retreat – it is a place for Christa to practice her art, and also provides ample space for their two rescue dogs, Agnes & Chloe.

“Our little house was in disrepair when we bought it one year ago. It featured a leaky roof, leaky plumbing, leaking gas lines and outdated wiring. It did have lovely architecture, lots of windows with natural light and an amazing old rubber tree next to the front door — Geoff and I had to have it. We closed on a Thursday night and the following Monday, work began. I did all the design work and hired contractors to get it done in 3 months.

The home itself has a simple palette of natural wood, cement and white paint with ocean blue accents. It is inspired by the agaves, aloes, oaks and sandstone that surrounds the property. The blue colour on the tile and doors is like the ocean – it shifts from blue to gray to green depending on the light.”

“We tend to buy furniture that we love and move it from house to house. The only new piece we bought for this house is the BluDot credenza across from the fireplace. The black cube end table was an impulse buy from a store in Berkeley called The Gardener. I just loved the sculptural quality. It looks great after spending a few years outdoors developing patina.”

“My work is an expression of the miracles of our natural world, the beauty of individuals and how we are connected.”

Feature for In Bed with words by Elisha Kennedy