Colorful Remodel in Los Angeles

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July 19, 2012
Originally published in Designers at Home
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The Homemakers

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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    Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  A good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages. The paint colors chosen by the residents and architect Linda Taalman are American Cheese 2019-40 and Blushing Bride 2086-50, both by Benjamin Moore.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    A good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages. The paint colors chosen by the residents and architect Linda Taalman are American Cheese 2019-40 and Blushing Bride 2086-50, both by Benjamin Moore. Courtesy of Copyright 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.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    The living room has a Dadone sofa by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia and a Safari chair by Arne Norell. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  The master bedroom features a Case Study bed from Modernica.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    The master bedroom features a Case Study bed from Modernica. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  Devis works in the kitchen.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    Devis works in the kitchen. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  Purdy, Eva Luna, and Simon play cards under a Louvre Light by Established & Sons.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    Purdy, Eva Luna, and Simon play cards under a Louvre Light by Established & Sons. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    The cork stairs with a rope railing lead down to the kids’ level. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  Simon and Eva Luna play in front of a wall covered in Daks wallpaper from Walnut.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    Simon and Eva Luna play in front of a wall covered in Daks wallpaper from Walnut. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  The pair’s art covers a cork wall where Eva Luna reads in a vintage Danish lounge chair.  Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
    The pair’s art covers a cork wall where Eva Luna reads in a vintage Danish lounge chair. Courtesy of Copyright 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.  Courtesy of Copyright 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. Courtesy of Copyright 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.  Courtesy of Copyright 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. Courtesy of Copyright 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.  Courtesy of Copyright 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. Courtesy of Copyright Lisa Romerein.
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  The floor plan.
    The floor plan.
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