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Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles

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How a highly productive collaboration among a trio of creative Angelenas—and a good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages.

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    Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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    Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  The living room has a Dadone sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia and a Safari chair by Arne Norell.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    The living room has a Dadone sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia and a Safari chair by Arne Norell. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  The master bedroom features a Case Study bed from Modernica.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    The master bedroom features a Case Study bed from Modernica. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  Devis works in the kitchen.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    Devis works in the kitchen. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  Purdy, Eva Luna, and Simon play cards under a Louvre Light by Established & Sons.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    Purdy, Eva Luna, and Simon play cards under a Louvre Light by Established & Sons. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  Simon and Eva Luna play in front of a wall covered in Daks wallpaper from Walnut.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    Simon and Eva Luna play in front of a wall covered in Daks wallpaper from Walnut. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  The pair’s art covers a cork wall where Eva Luna reads in a vintage Danish lounge chair.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    The pair’s art covers a cork wall where Eva Luna reads in a vintage Danish lounge chair. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  The first thing landscape designer Laura Cooper asked Devis and Purdy was to recall childhood gardens and outdoor play. In that spirit, she designed their backyard, integrating the high ground with the low just outside the “kids’ wing.” The resulting series of outdoor rooms on this quarter-acre is full of memory and play.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    The first thing landscape designer Laura Cooper asked Devis and Purdy was to recall childhood gardens and outdoor play. In that spirit, she designed their backyard, integrating the high ground with the low just outside the “kids’ wing.” The resulting series of outdoor rooms on this quarter-acre is full of memory and play. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  Near the house, Cooper clustered lush, big-leafed plants philodendron, purple heart, and flowering canna. Farther out, vegetable gardens sprout in raised beds, and thyme and mint thrive beneath citrus trees. Native California silver wild rye and matilija poppies bind the slope, bordering the low “snake wall” that winds around the yard, narrowly ducking beneath a big ficus tree with just enough clearance for a sprinting kid. Wide stadium steps connect the garden levels, turning the steep hillside into amphitheater seating.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    Near the house, Cooper clustered lush, big-leafed plants philodendron, purple heart, and flowering canna. Farther out, vegetable gardens sprout in raised beds, and thyme and mint thrive beneath citrus trees. Native California silver wild rye and matilija poppies bind the slope, bordering the low “snake wall” that winds around the yard, narrowly ducking beneath a big ficus tree with just enough clearance for a sprinting kid. Wide stadium steps connect the garden levels, turning the steep hillside into amphitheater seating. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  Some 35 percent of the materials from the renovation were resurrected in the yard: Redwood panels became fencing. Blocks cut from original concrete patios form the snake wall. And Purdy plans to crochet colorful cozies over various branches and stumps.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    Some 35 percent of the materials from the renovation were resurrected in the yard: Redwood panels became fencing. Blocks cut from original concrete patios form the snake wall. And Purdy plans to crochet colorful cozies over various branches and stumps. Photo by Lisa Romerein.
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  The floor plan.  Photo by Lisa Romerein.
    The floor plan. Photo by Lisa Romerein.

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