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Xag Designs reworks a Newport Beach bungalow into a spacious, textural home for indoor-outdoor living

Midcentury Meets Contemporary

Xag Designs reworks a Newport Beach bungalow into a spacious, textural home for indoor-outdoor living

(Michael Clifford)

Neighbors know this 1957 house in Newport Beach, California, for the large Brazilian peppertree that stands in its front yard. But surprisingly, from the inside, that natural monument could be enjoyed only through a small kitchen window. When the current owners bought the four-bedroom home in spring 2020, they called on local interior designer Shannon McLaren of Prairie and architect Denise Xagorarakis of Xag Designs to transform a 4,419-square-foot midcentury modern bungalow into a light-filled, material-forward space for contemporary living—and to give that landmark tree the focus it deserves.

“We were looking for a forever home, an indoor/outdoor space to raise a family, and something with character,” said the clients, who were moving from Mill Valley to Southern California. Portions of the midcentury floorplan were entirely original, though many of the finishes were not, and many were quite dark. The homeowners wanted to “maintain the history” but felt more inspired by the region’s light and airy Richard Neutra–like architectural influences than the darker bungalow character. To fit their wellness-focused lifestyle and love for entertaining, plans were drawn up for a more open interior flow and larger windows.

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