Before and after: L.A. Spanish bungalow renovation
Designer Alexandra Becket talks through her update to a rundown Spanish bungalow in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles in the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our feature that looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated spaces with commentary from the designers.
Designer's statement: My husband, Greg Steinberg, and I renovate distressed bungalows in Los Angeles. Our latest project is a 1,480-square-foot Spanish-style home that had lots of original charm but was in dire need of restoration and modernization. We fell in love with the Douglas fir living room beams, beautiful mansard-shaped fireplace, arched picture window and breakfast room with corner built-ins.
We modernized the house while preserving its details and style. The first owner lived there for more than 40 years and left the house to his caretaker, who lived there for an additional 40-plus years; original elements were preserved, but the house needed repairs.
Some of the original furniture was still in the house. I reupholstered a wingback chair with my own textile design, restored the wood furniture and used a mix of new and vintage, including vintage kilim rugs. Warm colors also helped to create a mod-California-Spanish feel.
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Now the dining room opens up to the kitchen and a Carrara marble counter-top bar connects the two rooms. The home's beams are original.
The master bedroom before.
The office before.
And after: The 1920s desk, which belonged to the house's first owner, was refinished and painted by Disregarden. The vintage Turkish kilim is from Amadi Carpets.
-- Compiled by Lisa Boone
"Before" photos from ModOp Design
"After" photo credits: Charmaine David