When we bought our Spanish Revival home in the older Land Park neighborhood of Sacramento, it hadn’t been updated in nearly 70 years! We wanted to stay true to the home’s traditional Spanish bones while giving it a fun, modern refresh that could accommodate our young family of five.
We have three boys - Jack, 5; Wyatt, 3; and Adler, 11 months - so we focused on adding open space throughout our home and filling it with comfortable furniture and decor that looks great but can easily withstand the daily wear and tear of our wily crew.
We repurposed many of the home’s original materials - painting metal windows, exposing brick detailing, embellishing the arch of the exterior bell, opening up the dining room's doug fir ceiling, etc - while modernizing the place by way of adding a new eat-in kitchen, a spacious master bath with a soaking tub, using white paint throughout the home for a light, airy vibe and adding outdoor amenities including a pool, fire pit and wood-burning pizza oven to extend our usable living space and take advantage of the 300+ days of California sunshine we normally get in Sacramento.
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Cactus wallpaper greets guests in the entry way and compliments the sea foam-colored front door.
Graphic cement tile livens up the quaint guest bathroom, with a repurposed sink and new hardware.
The baby's room is light and airy thanks to it being converted from an old, unloved sun porch. We uncovered the original brick flute during the remodel and kept it for an interesting architectural element.
The Dobrinski's 1930s Spanish Revival in Land Park
A cozy reading nook in the master bedroom.
A cement-tiled fountain wall serves as the backdrop for an outdoor fire pit and the family's post-work gathering spot.
Designers and homeowners Kele Dobrinski and Christina Valencia renovated this striking Sacramento residence. The original fireplace in the living room is their pup Murphy's favorite spot to keep warm. Kele's great grandmother's chairs were reupholstered in blue velvet for an added pop of color against the freshly painted white walls.
Graphic pattered tile is used throughout the house in small doses, to add a touch of whimsy to more classic black and white elements.
Doug fir ceilings were uncovered and sanded down in the dining room, to show off the wood's natural beauty. The original brick flute was discovered during the remodel, so we left it exposed for an additional texture.
We painted the original iron staircase and added wooded beams throughout the house to balance modern pops of color with older elements, in order to not have the house feel "too new".
A custom built walnut bathroom console sits adjacent to a standalone soaking tub in the master bathroom.
Original metal windows were painted black throughout the house, to maintain the home's original character.