Before + After: A Spanish-Style Home Is Reimagined In True L.A. Fashion

With a neutral palette and worldly inspiration, Cali cool emerges from the dust of a mere 3-month renovation.

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When founder, Jaclyn Johnson, set out to find her dream home, one thing was intentionally left off of her wish list: perfection.

"My husband and I were looking to buy a house for over a year. But we were looking at a lot of houses that were already done," Johnson says. Hitting a dead end, friend and professional home flipper Lyndsay Siegel stepped in with advice — to forgo perfection — that would change the course of Johnson's home search, and lead her to a 1924 Spanish-style bungalow on the east side of L.A.

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"We transitioned our search to homes that weren’t perfect, but weren’t totally in shambles," Johnson says, paying forward the wisdom she gleaned from the experience, in much the same way that she does through her conferences.

Decorating the 3-bedroom, 2-bath house would also reflect the collaborative spirit of Create & Cultivate in a way, with Johnson calling on brands like Havenly and Kohler, and designer friend to help her map out a plan for outfitting the space.

Luckily, the foundation of the home was well up to par, featuring ample square footage, great flow and a converted garage out back that Johnson's husband, an artist, could use as a space to work from home. "We had a lot of play with in terms of renovations," Johnson says.

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Monica Wang

The biggest drawback? The house, in true 1920s style, had an excess of walls. "What I found out is that with a lot of homes built in the '20s and '30s, having a lot of rooms was considered a luxury, where as now, having an open floorpan is in," she says.

With some 19 or so walls removed, Johnson and her team could focus on crafting the comfy, California chic bungalow she had always dreamed of.

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In the living room, which Johnson says is her favorite room in the house, the Darbuka brass , Icelandic sheepskin , braided hemp jute , valet jute rug, Uno 2-piece sectional , and Tesso bronze are by CB2.


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Despite a style that leaned more colorful and eclectic in the past, Johnson went into this project aiming for a seamless look and feel across the house. "This is the first house that my husband and I lived in together from the beginning, so I wanted it to be more gender neutral... not too scattered," she says.

In the dining room (above), the Buse is by All Modern and the Lucy are from Joss & Main. The Alto Compass is by Cedar & Moss. In the guest bath (below), the is by Hygge & West and the Marabou is by Kohler.


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Going into the decorating phase of her renovation, Johnson found herself drawn to colorful items that would pop in, say, an Instagram photo. "But Whitney [Lee Morris] suggested going more classic white and then bringing in fun accents in the decor," she says. "At least the bones would be something you won’t be over in a year."

A guest bedroom features a Parallel from Design Within Reach.

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Johnson names interior designers Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler among her biggest inspirations ("I love how he loves gold," she says of Adler) along with Instagram stars like Emily Henderson and Sarah Sherman Samuel.

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The master bedroom features a Hansen and Hauser from High Fashion Home. In the master bathroom, the diamond Escher is from Fireclay Tile.


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Mint green cabinetry pops against the otherwise neutral color palette in the kitchen. The are Cambria quartz; the brass are from CB2.


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Outdoor space was at the top of Johnson's wish list when searching for a new home. "Outdoor space was huge. We have a dog and had no space in our previous home for him to run around," she says.

The outdoor paint was provided by ; the Ember , Chuck , Chriss knit black , and Tropez natural , are all from CB2.


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