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Jen & Alex

Jen and Alex love their 1940s L.A. home: It’s full of character and still has some of the original features, but its closed-off layout is no longer functioning for the growing family. We tackled the living room, dining room, kitchen, mudroom and backyard to give Jen and Alex a clean, bright transformation that embraces both the past and the present.

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wdt_ID Room Product Type style Product Company company_link Product Code/Style
1 Throughout Pot Lights HLB4LED HLB4LED HALO HLB4LED
2 Throughout Flooring Brighton (White Oak) Brighton (White Oak) CRAFT Artisan Wood Floors N/A
3 Dining Room Lighting Armstrong 26" 8-Light Chandelier Natural Brass Armstrong 26" 8-Light Chandelier Natural Brass Kichler N/A
4 Kitchen/Laundry Room Countertops Calcutta Calcutta Ollin Stone N/A
5 Backyard Floor Tile Interlocking Decking Tiles Interlocking Decking Tiles Eco Arbor Designs N/A
6 Throughout Wall, Trim, Ceiling Paint Revere Pewter Revere Pewter Benjamin Moore HC-172

Before & After


Jen fell in love with their home’s original 1940s charm, from its chime doorbell to this detailed mantle and brick fireplace. She didn’t want a sleek modern upgrade for fear of losing that character, so we sanded it down, repainted it and cleaned up the bricks to maintain the home’s authenticity while giving them a useful feature as well as a conversation piece.


Alex’s native Sweden had a big influence on his design tastes, which trended toward the typical Scandinavian white-on-white, ultramodern look. When we took our design inspiration tour, though, we discovered both Jen and Alex wanted to integrate more wood tones and texture into a Scandinavian palette. We took that advice and gave them a veined slab backsplash with wood-grain cabinetry to provide a more visually arresting space.


We presented Jen and Alex an option to redo the backyard, but with a potential family trip to Sweden looming, the couple opted to focus their budget on the inside of the house. But we couldn’t just do nothing—that’s not our style! So we figured out a few ways to make the budget stretch to provide a new wood tile over their concrete pad, with coordinated outdoor furniture to give them a brand-new entertaining space without breaking the bank.

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Art Director: Anna Rosemann Bastin
Construction Lead: NA Design Builders

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