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Category: Spanish Revival

Before and after: L.A. Spanish bungalow renovation

Designer Alexandra Becket talks through her update of a rundown Spanish bungalow in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles
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: Alexandra Becket of ModOp Design.

Spanish1Designer'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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Pasadena Showcase House of Design 2012 to open

Pasadena Showcase House of Design
Show houses are often more about aspiration than inspiration, more an exercise in overindulgence than in practicality. This year’s installment of the annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, however, does contain ideas that could translate in the real world.

When the stunning 1927 Spanish Colonial Revival home in La Cañada Flintridge opens Sunday, tour-goers will see the work of 21 interior designers and seven landscape designers who transformed the property with tattoo-like wall designs, distinctive ceiling applications, hand-painted floors and ideas for outdoor living spaces too. Even the most jaded critic of design houses may fall for the Spanish arches and ironwork, ornate vintage doors, Moroccan-influenced tile and breathtaking view of the San Gabriel Mountains.

The Times got a sneak peek of the house as decorators were putting finishing touches on the rooms ...

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