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.
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.
This was how the exterior looked originally (below):
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.
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.”
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.
Visit the L.A. Times article by Lisa Boone for all the before and after photos, as well as more details about the reno. Photos by Cliff Norton.