Before & After: An Enterprising Couple Revive a Dated Midcentury in the Hollywood Hills
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Before & After: An Enterprising Couple Revive a Dated Midcentury in the Hollywood Hills

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By Lauren Jones
After purchasing a 1960s fixer-upper in one of L.A.’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Rebecca and Jared Raskind rolled up their sleeves.

Rebecca and Jared Raskind are quite the couple. She’s the vice president of CLD, a fashion and celebrity PR company, and he’s a photographer; in their time off, they put their creative minds together renovating and flipping homes throughout the greater Los Angeles area, "turning the often overlooked homes into diamonds in the rough," says Rebecca.

Their latest endeavor, a 2,501-square-foot, three-bed, three-bath fixer-upper built in the 1960s in the celebrity-studded Outpost Estates neighborhood, just sold for more than $2,500,000. But when the Raskinds first purchased it, it hadn’t been updated in quite some time. "We had been dying to revive an architecturally interesting property, and when this project came our way, we jumped at the opportunity," says Rebecca. "But, the house itself was pretty dark and not in great shape."

The Raskinds were up for the challenge, knowing the results could be incredible. "The home had outstanding bones to work with," she says. "Additionally, in this neighborhood you can afford to be bold with design because a lot of homeowners are creative types or in the entertainment industry."

Before: Exterior

Originally, the home was an aged rust color and featured poorly insulated windows. 

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After: Exterior

"We knew from the start we wanted to paint the front a really deep gray color with blue undertones that would be the base and would be carried throughout the rest of the house," Rebecca Raskind says. For the home, she used all Dunn-Edwards paint, choosing White Picket Fence, Cover of Night, Anchor Gray, and Crest Line for the exterior. The couple also added black aluminum Milgard windows. 

Before: Kitchen

The 1960s-era kitchen was in need of a serious upgrade and was dark, closed-off, and dated.

After: Kitchen

The Raskinds designed an open-concept kitchen with midcentury charm using Dunn-Edwards paint in Deepest Sea and West Elm light fixtures. They replaced the original cabinetry with Semihandmade cabinetry, and built an island with a white-and-black marble slab from Stoneville. "We found this great panda-colored slab and knew we wanted to do a waterfall island to elevate the look of the IKEA doors," she says. 

Before: Dining Room

The couple completely replaced the flooring throughout the main area and knew they wanted to install a fresh Milgard slider to brighten up this sunny, mealtime space.

After: Dining Room

The dining room is flooded with natural light. The couple turned to stager Meredith Baer to outfit the area. 

Before: Living Room

In the living room, the Raskinds got to work removing the flooring, the popcorn ceiling, and the faux wood surrounding the staircase. "We added a tongue-and-groove wood ceiling throughout the home and fabricated additional wooden beams to break it up. We maintained the original beams where we could," she says.

After: Living Room

Throughout the home, the floors were replaced with light hardwood to make the space feel more modern and open. Baer brought in a MBH Sectional in White Linen and a Hotel Collection metal-and-stone coffee table alongside the Sams International Atlas Woolen Rug. In this space, the Raskinds added a touch of Hollywood glamour with the red velvet midcentury chairs. They finished off the look by painting the original fireplace with Cover of Night by Dunn-Edwards and added hexagonal tiles at the base. 

After: Office 

The office is the ultimate blend of the Raskinds design styles: Hollywood Regency and California Eclectic. The walls are a sage green color, Granite from Dunn-Edwards, and the room features a 1960s pendant that originally hung in the home's master bedroom. 

Before: Master Bedroom 

Like the rest of the house, the master bedroom had the unsavory popcorn ceiling, carpeting, and wood-clad walls.

After: Master Bedroom

"We always like to do a mix in terms of color palette and textures, so adding in some pastels like the lighter peachy colors and more naturals makes the yellow pop and adds a bit of balance," Rebecca says. Furthermore, by removing the ceiling and flooring and painting the room white, the Raskinds immediately made large improvements to this master suite. They punched in new windows and finished the room with the MBH Thomas Bed in White Linen. 

Before: Master Bathroom

The master bath was very small and dark, enclosed by wooden paneling, a popcorn ceiling, and harsh lighting.

After: Master Bathroom

The master bath was the largest renovation project of the home. "We ended up extending the bathroom, removing the dressing area and the small original bathroom, and gutted the whole thing," she says. "This created a larger master bath with a free-standing tub and double showers." Then, they added open glass panels and had a custom concrete sink made by Trueform Concrete. On the floor lies custom-cut, chevron -atterned, gray tile and 2' by 16' glossy subway tiles that are stacked horizontally.  

Before: Pool

The home resides on a 10,000-square-foot lot and therefore provides ample room to entertain guests outside and enjoy the temperate L.A .weather. The pool was in decent shape but, like the rest of the house, needed a bit of a facelift. 

After: Pool

"We redid the plaster tile in the pool, removed the concrete that was back there, and the overgrown plants," she says. "We also added fresh grass, additional plants, and painted the original breeze blocks Minty Fresh by Dunn-Edwards."

Before: Poolside

The original side yard didn't make use of its unique architecture and was overgrown with tropical plants.

After: Poolside 

The Raskinds upgraded the side yard by installing an outdoor shower, something that Rebecca Raskind feels is "having a moment right now." They also sourced tropical plants inspired by Bali for a vacation vibe. 

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Project Credits: 

Developer/Homeowner: Rebecca and Jared Raskind / @bexmarie

Landscape Design Company: Break Urban Design / @break_urban

Interior Design: Meredith Baer / @meredithbaerhome

Paint Supplier: Dunn-Edwards / @dunnedwards

Landscape Contractor: All American Landscape