Welcome to the 340th Metamorphosis Monday!
This morning as I was filling the birdfeeders, I could hear laughing and shouting coming from the street in front of my home. After I finished with the feeders, I went back inside and peered out the front window to see what all the excitement was about. Parents and children were gathered on the sidewalk, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a big, yellow bus.
Today is the first day of school here. It always gets to me every year when I see all the parents walking their little ones to the bus stop, taking pictures of this, their first day of school. It all goes by way, way too fast and before you know it your babies are all grown and have flown the nest. Has school started back where you live, yet?
For this week’s Met Monday, I’m sharing a delightful Spanish Bungalow renovation. Designer Alexandra Becket, along with her husband, Greg, like to renovate neglected or rundown bungalows they find in the Los Angeles area of California.
A while back they came across a 1,480 square foot Spanish style home that fortunately hadn’t been tampered with too much over the years. The original owner had lived there for forty years and when they passed, the home was left to their caretaker who lived there for another forty years.
It’s not often you come across homes that old with only two owners. Often when I see cute cottages for sale, there have been many unfortunate renovations and changes made over the years that have sadly stripped the home of its original character. But not so for this adorable cottage!
I couldn’t find a picture of the exterior before the renovation but this is how it looked afterwards. Cute, cute house! I love the little courtyard and the gumdrop shaped window.
Alexandra and Greg’s goal when they buy a bungalow to renovate, is to “modernize the house while preserving its details and style.” In the living room, someone had done a faux finish on the overhead beams at some point.
Fortunately that was able to be corrected. The front door, the built in bookshelves, the gumdrop picture window and the ceiling beams were all restored.
A close up of the faux finish prior to the restoration…
Here’s how the beautiful Douglas Fir beams looked after the faux finish was removed. Sooo much prettier!
I love the fireplace! Some of the original furniture was left behind and Alexandra had it recovered. The wingback near the fireplace was a piece she redid. You can see how it looked before its makeover in the earlier photo of the living room.
The kitchen was definitely calling out for an update.
The dining room and kitchen were closed off with just a small doorway leading between the two.
After the renovation, the kitchen and dining room are now open to each other. It definitely feels a lot bigger, doesn’t it?
Another view of the beautifully renovated kitchen. The cabinets feel true to the home. I think an all white kitchen would have felt out of place in this home.
There’s a cute little breakfast room right off of the kitchen.
It looked like this before its makeover.
So glad they were able to remove the burglar bars. Kind of felt like jail with all those bars on the window, didn’t it? Love the fun light fixture. I wonder how it looks lit up at night.
This bed was left behind and Alexandra refinished it.
Amazing what paint can do to brighten up a space.
This was the master bedroom before the renovation. I love, love, love the old windows in this house!
Master Bedroom After:
Amazing how they were able to get all the paint off the windows to reveal the pretty wood underneath.
Remember the chandelier we saw in the breakfast room?
It looks like they painted it to use here in the Master bedroom.
A third bedroom was made over to become…
…a home office.
The two bathrooms got a makeover, too.
The master bath was renovated with beautiful Granada floor tile and the sink/vanity counter is Caesarstone quartz.
It must feel so good to bring these sweet cottage homes back to life!
You can see additional photos of this renovation where these pictures were found here: Spanish Bungalow Renovation
Looking forward to all the fabulous Before and Afters for this Met Monday!
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