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Happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing a project I just completed in North Hollywood. A simple kitchen remodel for the landlord client I’ve been working with for the past four years.

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Have a great weekend!!

~Shannon

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Recently, I’ve been posting BEFORE + AFTER photos of a California Cottage that I just completed in Reseda, CA. Today, I’m sharing the transformation of the backyard.

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It took almost a week to clear the overgrown brush, two dumpster trucks to remove it and almost another week to dismantle the chain linked fence with the 40 + year-old ivy intertwined between it.

It was a debate whether or not to keep the pool, but with temperatures reaching 100 + degrees here in the San Fernando Valley, we decided it would be a worthwhile bonus.

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I decided to keep the design very simple. The pool would be the main feature, then I added a bocce court and low-maintenance plants. I added ‘Blue Gem’ Westringia around the bocce court with boxwood and iceberg roses at the back steps and around the pool equipment. When matured, they will disguise the equipment nicely.

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 As with the front yard, we removed all the old concrete, which took up most of the backyard and replaced it with sod and blue flagstone. 

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‘Blue Gem’ Westringia line the bocce court.

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Happy Friday!

~Shannon

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Last week I shared the photos of the front of the Reseda Project. Today, I’m excited to share the before + after photos of the kitchen!

Reseda Kitchen

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 Initially, the kitchen felt closed off from the rest of the home with only a small doorway from the dining room into the kitchen (above).

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Even with gutting the kitchen, I was still limited on square footage and really needed to maximize this 200 sq. foot kitchen/laundry. In order to gain more storage and counter space, I eliminated the 2 smaller windows in the back corner, as well as the window on the left. In order to bring in natural light and a view of the backyard, I added a large picture window on the back wall, as well a full light glass door to the backyard.

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 Some Elements from the Reseda Kitchen

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Happy Wednesday!

xoxo,

~ Shannon

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 Happy Monday! The Reseda project is done! Today I’m sharing before + after photos of the front of this sweet California cottage.

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Although, the home needed extensive work on the interior, I knew after walking around the property that the exterior was going to be the bigger issue. The home was hidden behind years of overgrowth, the pool had ivy growing in it and the backyard was one large concrete slab.

In order to soften up the exterior, I eliminated all the concrete and replaced the pathways with pieces of large blue flagstone. I painted the entire home ‘Milk Glass’ by Dunn Edwards and added black accents to give it a clean classic look.

I also moved the the porch light from the back wall, where it was hidden, to the ceiling to add extra charm from the street.

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Sometimes I debate whether or not to keep existing plants but whenever I come across an old rose bush that has remained prolific, even through so much neglect, I know it’s a keeper. This hybrid tea, Mister Lincoln, flourished despite its neglect and the fragrance is amazing!

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  Design elements + my favorite go-to plants for a cottage-style garden.

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Next time, I’ll be posting the before and after photos of the backyard —  and with 40 + years of overgrowth it turned out to be quite the transformation.

Have a great week!

 

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Happy Monday! Today, I’m introducing you to a new project in Reseda; a district in the San Fernando Valley here in Los Angeles. As you can see it’s a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Above, we completely gutted the kitchen so I can now determine the layout. I’m leaning towards eliminating the two smaller windows in the left corner and replacing them with a large window on the back wall to allow for more light and a view of the backyard.

A view from the dining room looking into the kitchen

Same view but now with the wall removed

I can’t wait to get my hands on this project and start to see it take shape. I’ll post more photos on the progress in a couple of weeks!

Have a great day!

~ Shannon

 

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 If you didn’t read my last post, this townhouse is a project my husband and I worked on together. He purchased it and then handed over to me to renovate it. Below, are before and after photos of the bathroom.

The inspiration for the townhouse bath.

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I wasn’t able to see the upstairs on our first visit, but once the townhouse was cleared out I was able to shoot these photos of the upstairs bath.

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If you like before & after photos as much as I do, check out yesterday’s post for before & after photos of the living and kitchen.

Next time, I’ll be sharing before & after photos of my recent Austin exterior project.

~ Shannon

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For the last two years I’ve been lucky enough to work with a landlord on fixer uppers. He purchases distressed homes, rehabs them and adds them to his rental portfolio. My job is to create a design plan that updates each property by selecting low costs materials that look great and will work in a competitive rental market.

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Above, the sign that hangs over the garage, “La Casita” is a ranch style cottage that sits near the original Jane Russell ranch, “La Posada”, in North Hollywood. The house already had some great character with its shiplap paneling, ranch style doors and vintage hardware.

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Kitchen, Before

However, when we got our hands on it, it had fallen into true disrepair, as you can see in the photo above. It had dark wallpaper, layers of nicotine on the walls and was your basic “fixer upper”. The kitchen was very tiny and felt even smaller with the dark wallpaper and minimal lighting. By opening up the “L” shaped countertop (in foreground) and relocating the oven area (on the right), we were able to make the space feel a lot bigger without gutting the entire kitchen.

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Kitchen, After

Next, we removed the dark wallpaper, added some lighting and painted the cabinets, walls and ceiling. We removed the old linoleum flooring in the kitchen and installed new hardwood flooring to match the rest of the home. We also saved all the kitchen hardware and painted it black to go with the other black accents in the home.

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Kitchen to Living, Before

 

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Kitchen to Living, After

As you can see in the picture above, paint played a huge factor in transforming this space. Also, the kitchen wasn’t big enough for an actual island so we relocated the “L” shaped counter to the side, to act much like an island would — a place for people to hang around as food gets prepared, etc.

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Hall Bath, Before

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Hall Bath, After

With this bathroom, we kept the cast iron tub and just added all new subway tile. For flooring, I went with a ceramic tile from Lowe’s — it’s clean, classic and inexpensive. Since the vanity base was in great condition we kept it and painted it Hale Navy (by Benjamin Moore) to go with our marble countertop.

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Initially I really wanted to go with a Calcutta marble slab in here but the slab would have cost $1,000.00. To stay within our budget, I decided to go with 12×12 Carrera marble tiles which costs just $80 (plus labor). We then added a new Kohler sink, faucet fixture, and toilet (always nice to replace those)  — all from Lowe’s.

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At some point the original brick patio was converted to a bonus room (above). This room has tons of potential with all its natural light, views of the garden and access to the patio. brickpatio

I really loved the brick floors and instead of covering them with a tile, I decided to keep the brick and just give it a good cleaning.

I only used two paint colors throughout the entire cottage, Paper White and Ice Mist both from Benjamin Moore. This way, with only a 1,200 square foot cottage the space feels much larger and it gives the home an overall cohesive look.

When rehabbing a house on a tight budget remember your biggest weapons are going to be paint and lighting. To keep costs down I pull tons of materials from hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.  Another way to add charm is to visit your local salvage yard or flea market for some really good deals on unique items that will give your home that added character and charm. You can also visit my Pinterest board to see my favorite lighting choices from both The Home Depot & Lowe’s, as well as more ideas on decor and design.

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Whenever I do a project I always have a vision/direction for what I want the project to look like in the end. For this sweet cottage, my inspiration came from Ellen Degeneres’s ranch just north of Los Angeles (photo above).

In the end, this North Hollywood ranch was awesome to do — I really enjoyed bringing the charm and life back into this little piece of history. Once the exterior of the home is finished, I’ll post some before and after shots as well. Happy Tuesday!

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