There’s a reason TV shows about home renovations and house flipping are so popular: the results are so spellbinding that they tap into the amateur designer in all of us. This world traveler’s transformation of his 1918 Los Angeles bungalow is one of those stunning transformations that will inspire you to spruce up your own space. Using recycled materials, creative daylighting, and curios collected from journeys across the globe, the aging home was taken from dilapidated to positively dapper.
Sarah Barnard Design, a firm with commitments to sustainable design and historic preservation, took on the project. Essences of the original home were preserved and combined with interesting modern touches. For instance, the original brick fireplace in the living room was restored and mingles pleasantly with the eclectic and colorful decor. Locally-made cabinets and custom flooring in the kitchen give a clean appearance, and the handmade ceramic backsplash adds an organic touch. The countertops, however, are where the home gets really interesting: they are made from recycled Heineken beer bottles!
The theme of repurposed materials continues into the homeowner’s office, where his wooden desk can be traced back to its bowling alley roots. The designer also created vibrant atmospheres in each of the bathrooms: one is as bright as the sun and the other reminiscent of the blue Caribbean sea. Sun tubes are utilized in the shower spaces for sustainable daylighting and pebble floors enhance the connection to Mother Nature. This home certainly embodies excitement and style of its globetrotting owner and serves as an inspiration for how even the most hopeless homes can be restored beautifully.
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