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House tour: a spanish-style 1920s bungalow gets a modern makeover

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When Los Angeles–based interior designer Christos Prevezanos sat down with clients to discuss ideas for their recently purchased residence, he let the wife’s imagination take the lead. “She grew up in the interior design world and was familiar with the process and willing to take risks,” says Prevezanos. One thing she would not allow: altering the distinctive details of the 1920s Spanish-style bungalow, located on a leafy street off Melrose Place.

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“She and her husband didn’t want the house to feel like any of the new-construction places that were being built in their neighborhood,” he says. So Prevezanos set out to maintain the property’s original charm, incorporating design elements that would enhance the history of the home while modernizing the aesthetic. “We loved the archways and the slope of the fireplace and made sure that their unique shapes were celebrated throughout,” says the designer, who seamlessly implemented color to cultivate harmony between the house’s disparate references. In the living room, he painted the fireplace the same soft white as the walls to highlight a pair of aqua slipper chairs and teal accents, creating a welcoming, unpretentious place for guests. Metallic touches and streamlined custom-made furnishings elevate the space. Prevezanos shifted to milky beiges and grays in the dining room and updated the sideboard—a family heirloom—with a faux-finish marble pattern, proving the level of trust shared between the homeowners and designer. “They are young Hollywood creatives and new parents so they wanted their space to be both sophisticated and playful,” says Prevezanos.

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