Before & After: A Remodeled L.A. Home Dazzles With Fresh Materials and Color

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Veneer Designs brings a “blank ’90s box” into the 21st century.

After purchasing their first home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, a young newlywed couple were excited, yet overwhelmed, about updating the property. The 3,500-square-foot, four-bedroom home was built in the 1990s, and it was in need of a total remodel.

The couple's first step was to bring Natalie Myers, of Veneer Designs, into the picture to help transform the existing residence into their dream home: a "contemporary expression of minimalist California cool." With guidance from Myers, the couple were not afraid to experiment with new materials and colors.

Veneer Designs updated the kitchen, den, and all four bathrooms with an array of custom built-ins and colorful on-trend tile selections, giving the home a light and airy sense of space. Reflecting on the experience, Myers said, "It was liberating knowing that this would become their family home for at least 10 years, so they weren't worried about keeping the design neutral for future owners. We had fun with color, scale, and new materials fresh to the market." Scroll ahead for a look at the updates.

Before: The Den 

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The first thing Myers did was replace the cold concrete slab floors with engineered hardwood floors, which instantly warmed up the room.

The first thing Myers did was replace the cold concrete slab floors with engineered hardwood floors, which instantly warmed up the room.

After: The Den 

Myers designed a new built-in bookcase that floats in the wall. The color and style of the built-in match the kitchen cabinets, helping to integrate the spaces and create flow. The L.A. Rivera sectional from Croft House is paired with a stripe rug from Hem and a Scamp coffee table from Blu Dot.

Myers designed a new built-in bookcase that floats in the wall. The color and style of the built-in match the kitchen cabinets, helping to integrate the spaces and create flow. The L.A. Rivera sectional from Croft House is paired with a stripe rug from Hem and a Scamp coffee table from Blu Dot.

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Myers swapped the existing sliding glass patio doors for a sleeker glass door system from Panoramic Doors.

Myers swapped the existing sliding glass patio doors for a sleeker glass door system from Panoramic Doors.

Before: The Kitchen

Myers breathed new life into the dated kitchen by totally opening up the space. 

Myers breathed new life into the dated kitchen by totally opening up the space. 

After: The Kitchen

The new kitchen features appliances from Subzero and Wolf, and custom built-in cabinets that match the ones in the den. The brass light fixture over the island is from Maker & Moss.

The new kitchen features appliances from Subzero and Wolf, and custom built-in cabinets that match the ones in the den. The brass light fixture over the island is from Maker & Moss.

The beautiful blue backsplash tiles are from Heath Ceramics. The tiles’ vertical orientation is a little twist that suits the vertical space. 

The beautiful blue backsplash tiles are from Heath Ceramics. The tiles’ vertical orientation is a little twist that suits the vertical space. 

Myers used terrazzo slabs from Concrete Collaborative to fabricate the 3" countertop, adding an element of fun to the center island. The wall sconces above the floating shelf are from Object & Light.

Myers used terrazzo slabs from Concrete Collaborative to fabricate the 3" countertop, adding an element of fun to the center island. The wall sconces above the floating shelf are from Object & Light.

Before: The Master Bath

Myers' first move in the master bath was to flip-flop the placement of the bathtub and the vanity. 

Myers' first move in the master bath was to flip-flop the placement of the bathtub and the vanity. 

After: The Master Bath

The bathroom floor is made of 24" square terrazzo tiles from Concrete Collaborative. The walls and shower floor feature Heath Ceramics field tiles.

The bathroom floor is made of 24" square terrazzo tiles from Concrete Collaborative. The walls and shower floor feature Heath Ceramics field tiles.

The bathroom features a Jason Wu for Brizo shower system and California Faucets. Object & Light pendants hang over the vanity cabinet, and the cabinet drawers are fitted with Made Measure leather tabs.

The bathroom features a Jason Wu for Brizo shower system and California Faucets. Object & Light pendants hang over the vanity cabinet, and the cabinet drawers are fitted with Made Measure leather tabs.

Before: Guest Bath #1

In this guest bath, Myers chose to maintain the original footprint and update all the elements. 

In this guest bath, Myers chose to maintain the original footprint and update all the elements. 

The opposite end of the original bathroom. 

The opposite end of the original bathroom. 

After: Guest Bath #1

Myers brightened up the bathroom with an assortment of tiles and a floating wood vanity. Cle Tile's farmhouse brick wall tiles line the tub, backsplash, and shower. The floor is a fresh and random mix of 8" square solid cement floor tile in Federal Blue, Ash, and Curry.

Myers brightened up the bathroom with an assortment of tiles and a floating wood vanity. Cle Tile's farmhouse brick wall tiles line the tub, backsplash, and shower. The floor is a fresh and random mix of 8" square solid cement floor tile in Federal Blue, Ash, and Curry.

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Worley Lighting Sunrise sconces hang over the floating vanity cabinet.

Worley Lighting Sunrise sconces hang over the floating vanity cabinet.

The sink, shower, and tub faucets are from California Faucets.

The sink, shower, and tub faucets are from California Faucets.

Before: Guest Bath #2

For the second bathroom, Myers kept the original footprint while updating all the elements. 

For the second bathroom, Myers kept the original footprint while updating all the elements. 

After: Guest Bath #2

Cle Tile's farmhouse brick wall tiles line the shower. The Omaha floor tiles (from Cle Tile's collaboration with fabric line Eskayel) give the floor of the bathroom instant character. 

Cle Tile's farmhouse brick wall tiles line the shower. The Omaha floor tiles (from Cle Tile's collaboration with fabric line Eskayel) give the floor of the bathroom instant character. 

The sink, shower, and tub fixtures are from California Faucets.

The sink, shower, and tub fixtures are from California Faucets.

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Project Credits: 

Interior Design: Veneer Designs / @NatalieMyers

Builder/General Contractor: Lion Builders Construction

Cabinetry Design: Veneer Designs / @NatalieMyers

Cabinetry Installation: KCI Cabinets, Ron Krogstad