Updating an Old Gem

The Designed to Sell team repurposes rooms in this well-worn hillside home to make it market-ready.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis homeowner needs help selling her historic home so she can be closer to work.
Homeowner 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.