Ricki & Chad's Classic Cliff May Home

Ricki & Chad's Classic Cliff May Home

Marcia Prentice
Sep 3, 2015

Name: Ricki Miller (vintage jewelry collector and graphic designer) & Chad Miller (Creative Director for motion picture advertising firm AV Squad)
Location: Brentwood, California
Size: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Years lived in: 2 years

Ricki and Chad found their perfect home two years ago (right next to Chad's mother). When the house became available, they jumped at the chance to live in such a spacious home and be close to family. They moved from a condo and have been slowly pulling together their home with collected furniture and decor. It is still a work in progress, but they are in no rush because they plan to stay in the house for many, many years.

One of my favorite rooms in their house is Ricki's closet/office. It is her special place where she feels most inspired. Although Ricki confesses she needs a little help organizing and laying out the space. The clothes racks take over the room and don't leave much open space to create a functional room. If you have any space planning suggestions for Ricki, she is all ears to get a few outside ideas.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Mid-Century modern with Spanish and Italian elements thrown throughout. We wanted the house to be clean and upscale while still bringing in elements of color and fun, as we like to entertain a lot and felt the house needed to have some pop to it, so our friends and family could feel loose in it.

Inspiration: We both grew up vacationing in Palm Springs a lot and were really influenced by that style, artists like Bjorn Wiinblad, etc. When we finally moved into a Mid-Century home, we jumped at the opportunity to decorate it in that bright Palm Springs vibe.

Favorite Element: The architect Cliff May did a really cool thing by putting three different fireplaces in the house. The big one is amazing and we use it all the time. There's also a high set one in the dining room that's unique.

Biggest Challenge: It was hard keeping in line with the traditional Mid-Century architecture while slightly updating it to be more warm and fun.

What Friends Say: Its, cozy, comfortable, and the perfect party house. Someone always mentions the deer head.

Biggest Embarrassment: The unfinished rooms.

Biggest Indulgence: Hardwood floors, television.

Best Advice: It will never be perfect, but that's what makes it a real home. Just mix it up until you feel comfortable and don't follow any rules.

Dream Sources: We love buying stuff when we travel. We usually will hit a flea market whereever we end up.

Resources of Note:


  • GE stainless steel appliances
  • Wolf stove
  • Basin sink



  • Chotchkies from flea markets
  • Sentimental stuff we've collected from over the years
  • Deer head from Inheritance
  • Pure Modern
  • Ceramic dogs and Bar area by Grace Home





  • CaesarStone in kitchen
  • Vintage tiles
  • Butcher block wood


  • Came with house and looking to replace them soon.



  • Painting from friend - Andrew Foster
  • Photography from an Iraq War exhibit curated by our friend Dane Jensen
  • Shepard Fairy
  • Dalek
  • Ricki's grandfather, Bill Helfman


Thanks, Ricki & Chad!

Re-edited from a tour originally published 3.27.2012 - CM

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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