Back in 2008 I featured this striking gray Craftsman in South Pasadena. That was before gray was a full-on trend and before yellow doors were popping up all over Pinterest. The interiors were unexpected, too, with pale wood floors and white-painted woodwork. Some readers loved it. Other readers, well, didn’t. It became one of my most-read and most-discussed posts ever.
So I was pretty excited to come across an article about it in the L.A. Times that includes some before photos showing how it looked before its trendy renovation:
It looked a lot smaller with those dark and muddy colors, that’s for sure.
Here’s how it looked on the Home Shoot Home website where I found it back in ’08:
Designer Tamara Kaye-Honey (House of Honey) is responsible for updating the 1911 bungalow. She told the L.A. Times that her mission was to update it to better suit a young family:
I wanted the home to feel personal and fresh. It was to have a clean, whimsical and modern aesthetic while allowing the architecture to have a strong presence. The color palette is crisp and playful, with shades of yellow carried throughout the interior and exterior to unify.
Here’s how dark and traditional the interiors were before:
The fireplace before:
Everything’s a lot lighter and brighter, that’s for sure. Here’s how the kitchen looked when they started:
The L.A. Times says, “Purists may flinch, but the Douglas fir was painted a glossy white to open up the space and create the ambience of a summer cottage.”
I sure had a lot of purists flinching after my 2008 post about it. As a newbie blogger, I was amazed by the number of comments that poured in about the house at the time.
If it makes you feel better, in the comments of the article, a woman named Traci (I’m guessing the homeowner) explained:
75% of the painted wood is new to match the small amount of original architectural detail. The original stained Douglas fir wood only existed in the living room, dining room and inglenook (before we reconfigured the spaces) and was in terrible condition and needed some serious fixing.
Don’t get me wrong, I totally get the purists and agree with salvaging historical homes but this was by no means a special craftsman. The house ended up having significantly more craftsman detail once it was renovated.
What do you think? Are you loving its trendy fresh look or wishing they had left more of its original character? The exterior makeover is my favorite part. Love those cheerful yellow doors!
You can see more of the house in my original post, including the charming detached-garage-turned-studio that sits behind it (that I wish I could work in!), here: