Before & After: A Muddled Midcentury Ranch in L.A. Gets a Suave Update

An interior stylist with a soft spot for run-down homes brings a 1951 ranch in Monterey Hills back to life.

Designer Tony Wei has long had an interest in fixing up interiors. As a kid, Wei would visit yard sales and flea markets with his mom, sometimes finding old furniture to bring home and rehab. Those early experiences have evolved into a passion for renovating old houses as an adult. "I love to restore homes. I'm just attracted to vintage stuff. Things with character, things with patina," says Wei. "I have a natural inclination towards tired old things that need a new lease on life."

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Melissa Dalton
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Melissa Dalton is a freelance writer in Portland, Oregon, who has been writing for Dwell since 2017. Read more of her work about design and architecture at


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