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Kristan Cunningham, DIY spirit in deluxe new digs

September 17, 2011 |  6:00 am

Kristan Cunningham and Bean DIY decorating guru Kristan Cunningham, pictured at right with Bean, has brought her bargain-hunter style to an unexpected locale: a stately 1925 L.A. house that looks considerably richer than her old "Design on a Dime" makeover projects.

The house is more than a lesson in how modern tastes can live within period architecture.

It's also proof of how Cunningham, who's in production on a new design show for OWN, still channels her inner bargain junkie, turning out a mix-and-match look that feels more luxurious than it costs.

Photos: Kristan Cunningham's new L.A. house

Article: Kristan Cunningham, DIY spirit in deluxe new digs


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Photos, clockwise from top: Kristan Cunningham says the newly decorated house was designed to survive her two dogs, including little Bean. The bed floats in the middle of the master suite, the exterior exudes a period flavor and the living room is an eclectic mix of old and new. Click to the gallery for more than two dozen photos and detailed notes on design strategies and shopping sources. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times