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A boutique owner tapped her network of local makers to add finishing touches throughout her home

Nena Farrell  – October 1, 2019

Dayna Mance moved into Long Beach’s Cliff May Ranchos—a tract of homes designed by the famed architect in the early 1950’s—five years ago with her husband, her two daughters, and their senior beagle. The neighborhood has become a popular choice for creatives and young families, all who are remodeling and modernizing these homes. And while the previous owners had done the lion’s share of remodeling at Mance’s Rancho—hardscaping the outdoor spaces, updating the kitchen, adding hidden storage, and installing solar panels on the roof for the pool—she set out to finish the job through thoughtful decor, cool art, and plenty of pops of mustard.

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“It’s been a slow process over the last few years, and our house is actually quite minimal,” says Mance. But she has a special edge on the game, as she’s the founder of Prism Boutique in Long Beach’s historic Belmont Heights, bringing her creative eye to curate the design and style of her home.

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The main hub of the house feels spacious and open, thanks to the neutral tones of the living room. “The kitchen, dining, and living room are combined into one room, so we spend a lot of time in there.” As for the decor, “I like to mix vintage with new, and keep it pretty neutral, with lots of plants,” says Mance.

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“I’m always looking for local artists to feature at my shop and to fill my home,” says Mance. “A favorite is a textile artist, Küdd:Krig, based out of Long Beach. We carry her work at my shop and her landscape wall hangings can really transform a space.”

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One of the remodeling projects Mance did was put concrete floors into the master bedroom. You’d also never guess that her cool-kid bed is actually a classic IKEA piece. “Our master bedroom got a recent refresh with an IKEA Malm bed frame and a custom headboard made by Baylee Shurman of Clover, an interior design studio based out of Long Beach,” says Mance.

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“As my daughters have gotten a little older, their rooms have changed from nurseries to sweet little girls’ rooms,” says Mance. “Indi’s room has lots of muted pink accents, a rose gold bed frame, and a mid-century Danish rocker that we’ve had since she was a baby.”

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Her younger daughter’s bedroom includes a clever reuse piece. “Lucie’s room is decorated with a rattan daybed, pops of mustard yellow, and a former rope art window display made by LOREM from my boutique,” says Mance.

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Mance’s favorite room? “Our newly added space we call ‘the casita.’ We took half our garage and made it a guest room. It looks out onto the pool and the simple white palette and mustard couch just makes me so happy.”

The room also features Mance’s collaboration with artist Codie O’Connor, a small collection of original, one-of-a-kind paintings from the artist.

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Mance says the Cliff May-designed neighborhood has really embraced the concept of indoor-outdoor living, and her home is no exception. The backyard is just off the living room, featuring a table built by Mance’s husband, a small grill, an outdoor sofa, and a pool with plenty of lounge chairs.

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“We spend a lot of time outside in the summer, swimming and eating meals at the table my husband built,” says Mance.

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The landscaping was another area Mance has been working on over the years, slowly adding finishing touches.Alison Bernier Photography