The Ranch

Mark and Angie - Orange County, CA

Meet a creative young family in Orange County living inside a charming 1950s bungalow filled with artistic flair and playfulness fit for their two toddlers.
Though no rolling hills or roaming animals are in sight—unless you count rocking horses—“The Ranch” is what native Midwesterners Angie and Mark call the home where they’re raising their two sons, Andy, 2, and Otto, 10 months. "I grew up in Wyoming and there are ranches everywhere,” begins Angie, "So this is our California ranch.” Angie, a print and product designer for Oh Joy!, and Mark, an elementary school music teacher, first met on the University of South Dakota’s swim team, “I was a swimmer, he was a diver, and we fell in love,” Angie says sweetly. “When we graduated, we moved away from the snow to sunny Southern California.”
 

Last year the couple purchased their first home, a quaint three-bedroom, one-bathroom 1950s bungalow on a quiet street lined with Seussian-like pine trees and a short drive to Huntington Beach. “I see our house almost like a blank canvas. I love pops of color, adding texture and putting patterns on pattern,” Angie says of the ever-evolving decor. On The Ranch, kid’s toys and Angie’s artwork coexist happily with sophisticated pieces and musical instruments for impromptu gigs by Mark and Andy. “I fill the house with color and he fills the house with sound!” Angie says laughingly. We step inside for a closer look.
How would you describe your interior design style?

How would you describe your interior design style?

Mark: Our home is a classic California suburban home. The inside is open and colorfully decorated with pieces inspired by many different eras and artists, including Angie.

Angie: My style is definitely a little quirky, but fun and functional too. Our home is very playful, colorful and kind of casual—nothing needs to be perfect. I also like to choose pieces that have meaning. Every piece in our house tells a story.

I see our house almost like a blank canvas. I love pops of color, adding texture and putting patterns on pattern.

- Angie

Is your art a key decor element?

Is your art a key decor element?

Angie: Yes. My background is in painting and mixed media, so a lot of the art pieces in our house are created either by me or our 2-year-old son Andy. They're just scribbles, but they’re also miniature snapshots of a moment in his life.

Mark: That’s what I really like about Angie’s style. You come home and the gallery wall is completely different—maybe it’s all of our son’s artwork or a collaboration of the two—and it changes the whole feeling of the house. To see that process evolve is really fun.

Angie: Our gallery wall is a great introduction into who we are; It tells the story of our sons and of our love for each other.

Our home is very playful, colorful and kind of casual—nothing needs to be perfect.

- Angie

How does your home reflect your family?

Mark: I think our home represents our experience together as a family. When we put something up, take something down or pull something out of storage to hang again, it represents a different snapshot in time of our journey.

Angie: Like our lounge chair. It’s a vintage piece that we got for our nursery when our first son was born. Everytime we look at it there’s meaning there, and memories of those long nights.

What’s a regular day like on The Ranch?

Mark: Lately, we’ve been waking up to the sounds of trains! Our toddler is into trains, so we’ll put on videos when he wakes up.

Angie: When one of us stays home with the boys, our living room becomes our playroom and we bring out the blocks. We even have the ability to extend our living room out onto the patio. It’s a great spot for all of their high-energy demands.
I also like to choose pieces that have meaning. Every piece in our house tells a story.

- Angie

What does your home mean to you?

Mark: It really fits where we are right now in our lives. I think it's a great place for them to grow up. Life moves fast raising two kids, so we want to enjoy being in the moment with them at all times.

Angie: I love our home, it feels like family.
Our gallery wall is a great introduction into who we are; It tells the story of our sons and of our love for each other.

- Angie

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Step inside a classic 1950s suburban home with a playfully creative aesthetic and a personal approach to design.

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