Lucky's Break

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January 14, 2009

With a very limited budget and no construction experience, Lucky and Kim Diaz overhauled a wreck of a house into a sweet, 1,100-square-foot Los Angeles home with just $55,000 and a whole lot of stubborn determination. Here is their story, as told by Lucky.

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  Lucky Diaz spent three and a half months on this project, working all hours to get it done. “It was worth it,” he says. “To have Ella grow up in an original space is a gift that is beyond measure.”  Photo by: João Canziani
    Lucky Diaz spent three and a half months on this project, working all hours to get it done. “It was worth it,” he says. “To have Ella grow up in an original space is a gift that is beyond measure.”

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Light spills in from the double doors Lucky installed, which lead to the front yard and recall the Southern Californian tradition of indoor/outdoor living. “To us, our furniture is the art inside the house,” says Lucky. “The Vespa, for example, is a piece of artwork; the design is classic.”  Photo by: João Canziani
    Light spills in from the double doors Lucky installed, which lead to the front yard and recall the Southern Californian tradition of indoor/outdoor living. “To us, our furniture is the art inside the house,” says Lucky. “The Vespa, for example, is a piece of artwork; the design is classic.”

    Photo by: João Canziani

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    Photo by: João Canziani

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Due to the tight budget, the fixtures and furnishings had to be a mix of high and low. Instead of a Saarinen Tulip table for the dining room, they found a similar style with matching chairs from Ikea, then hung a George Nelson lamp overhead.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Due to the tight budget, the fixtures and furnishings had to be a mix of high and low. Instead of a Saarinen Tulip table for the dining room, they found a similar style with matching chairs from Ikea, then hung a George Nelson lamp overhead.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  The Viking range and Bosch refrigerator in the kitchen are paired with Ikea lights and cabinets.  Photo by: João Canziani
    The Viking range and Bosch refrigerator in the kitchen are paired with Ikea lights and cabinets.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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  Even in Ella’s room, Ikea chairs and bed mingle with a restored Bertoia child’s chair.  Photo by: João Canziani
    Even in Ella’s room, Ikea chairs and bed mingle with a restored Bertoia child’s chair.

    Photo by: João Canziani

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