Updating spanish style homes

She had completely gutted the kitchen and bathrooms and outfitted the home with lots of modern amenities but she still wanted to keep things looking light, bright and relatively 1924 period-appropriate with a little Moorish/Moroccan thrown in.

So she rehabbed and reinstalled as much of the hardware and woodwork that could be reused and made tile and fixture choices that would have looked at home in the 1920s.

Religious elements prominent in Mexico influence this yellow guest bedroom designed by Carole Meyer.

The handmade iron crown holds mosquito netting above the bed and represents wrought-iron details popular in Spanish design elements.

We modernized the house while preserving its details and style.

The first owner lived there for more than 40 years and left the house to his caretaker, who lived there for an additional 40-plus years; original elements were preserved, but the house needed repairs.

Just six months ago, after a nine-month-long renovation, graphic designer Megan Garrett moved into this 1924 Spanish-style home in Altadena, California (just 14 miles from downtown Los Angeles).

When it came time to decorate, Megan had just returned from an amazing trip through Africa (including Morocco) and came back with lots of inspiration (and a few goodies).

She operates under the “buy what you like and it will go together” principle. She doesn’t want anything to feel so precious that you’re afraid to put your feet up or help yourself to the fridge. Willis, who is an absolutely awesome guy and is super nice.Round candle chandeliers and the arched doorway complete the Old World Spanish look.Design by Keith Summerour of Summerour Associates & Architects The Spanish-style, hand-carved furniture complements the honey-colored velvet drapes, enhancing the dining room's elegant look.Cast-iron urns and salt-glaze pots are from Charme d'Antan. Religious art, stars and stripes, and Navajo rugs are surprisingly harmonious in the master bedroom. Designer Alexandra Becket talks through her update to a rundown Spanish bungalow in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles in the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our feature that looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated spaces with commentary from the designers. Designer's statement: My husband, Greg Steinberg, and I renovate distressed bungalows in Los Angeles.Pillows on the living room sofa are by Laurel Adams Design; papier-mâché bulldogs, Animal Art Antiques. "It's so strong, you could build a Hyatt Regency on it," Mc Dowell says.

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