Historic Hollywood HillsHomeowner Roxanne Lippel loves her home in the Hollywood Hills, but the company she works for has just moved further from her home, making the new commute unbearable. Homes in her Laurel Canyon neighborhood are very pricey because of its storied past. In the 1960s, this enclave was home to the hip music scene. Legendary rock musicians such as Frank Zappa and Jim Morrison lived in these hillside homes.
Legendary real estate expert Donna Freeman loves canyon homes and is anxious to give this one a thorough evaluation. Upon entering the hillside home, Freeman is overwhelmed by the homeowners' plethora of travel souvenirs. The den confuses her — there are too many things going on, and she is not sure what function the room serves. Further, she thinks the bathroom off the den looks like a dirty hospital — too many shades of dingy white. In the guest bedroom, the quaint country wallpaper makes Freeman feels like she's been transported into grandma's dollhouse.
Designer Lisa LaPorta agrees with Freeman's critique and has a plan that will turn this home from a worn travel museum to a buyer-friendly retreat.
Step 1: Redefine the den and transform it into a marvelous master bedroom.
Step 2: In the bathroom, get rid of the competing shades of white, and add some much-needed color.
Step 3: Peel off the granny-style wallpaper in the guest bedroom, and update the dainty decor.
Carpenters Steve Hanneman and Deus Scott have the tools, know the plan and are ready to rock and roll.
Before: Dingy DenThe homeowner was right when she predicted that the real estate expert would ask "what is this room?" There is a lot going on in the space and its function is not clearly defined. The large windows and fireplace are both great selling features, but homebuyers will have a hard time noticing them because of the excess of furniture and eclectic knickknacks.
After: Elegant Master BedroomDesigner Lisa LaPorta opted to set up this room as a master bedroom instead of a den. It adds more value to the house, and it makes good design sense since there is a big bathroom right off the room. The hodgepodge of souvenirs and furniture has been moved out to make room for the elegantly dressed bed. Suede-like drapes and cherry wood furniture add an air of sophistication that makes the room feel like a romantic hunting lodge.
hardware and accessories $558
window treatments $123
building supplies $99
Before: Cutesy-CountryThe real estate expert thought this room was too old-fashioned and cutesy-country. She likes the high ceiling, but the skylight has her concerned because it appears to have leaks. A potential buyer might see it and think about the time and expense it will take to fix it.
The bathroom's (not shown) color palette is composed of various shades of dingy white. The problem with so many different shades of white is if one is less white than another, it makes them all look drab. Also, the dated mirror, light fixture and hardware are not helping matters.
After: Comfortable and CozyBefore, the wallpaper was dated and made the room look old and tatty. Now, it feels like a comfortable, cozy retreat. Replacing the wallpaper with a neutral wall color makes the architecture and high ceiling stand out. The troublesome skylight has been repaired and reframed. New bedding, window treatments, lamps and accessories complete the look.
In the bathroom (not shown), the competing whites have stopped clashing. The room feels rich and clean, thanks to the addition of color on the walls and the spruced-up vanity. Round, twin mirrors, new fixtures and a unique pendant light complete the updated, contemporary feel.