Updating a bungalow

Maxi chose easy-to-clean concrete counters and, as the backsplash, Mod Dotz Marshmallow penny round tile Built-in bench seats disguise storage; a walnut-and-laminate wall unit provides cabinets and a wine rack on one side and an entertainment center on the other.

The chairs are, of course, a classic Eames design from 1946.

Ok, there’s a cozy kitchen and nice sized living room. So, for my virtual daydream, I went on a(n internet) quest to find decent splanch renovations.

As if the cookie cutter exterior isn’t fugly enough, the interior layout is useless. I want to take the ugliest house and see what I can do with it.

I have a picture of my great-grandfather from 1948, standing in front of the Lone Cypress along 17-Mile Drive.

He was atop that craggy rock, the Pacific stretching out behind him—I think that's part of where the magic of Carmel started for me, a pull toward this old California town.

Get the Look: In the living room, a stone hearth and board-and-batten walls (painted Manchester Tan by Benjamin Moore) are original to the circa 1914 house.The new front door opens to an entry with plenty of built-ins for coats, boots, and toys.Get the Look: The front door is painted Evening Dove by Benjamin Moore.The overhaul resulted in a spacious family-friendly ground floor, complete with a large entry that's anything but formal, plus a scene-stealing kitchen and an entirely new second floor.And the couple's love of midcentury modern design lends a touch of lightness it previously lacked.

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