Before and After: A Stylish Home Gets a Spring Refresh
Having lived in her home in Los Angeles’ Larchmont Village for more than 10 years, Kristi Bender of Cuffhome wanted a change. Though the home was an airy eclectic space, Bender wanted to make impactful tweaks to the design in the entry, living room, and dining room. “Working in our industry and seeing beautiful new things every day, it’s hard not to always want to refresh,” Bender says. From changing the wallpaper in the entry to switching out dining chairs, a few changes transformed the space; keep scrolling to see how.
Bender and her husband first lived in the home as a duo. Now, the three-bedroom house is filled with two daughters, ages 7 and 10, and a menagerie of pets, including a guinea pig.
When Bender’s second daughter was born, the home was fully decorated to meet the family’s needs. But after seven years, even the most beautiful spaces can use some new life, so the designer set out to reinvent the space. “It was time,” she says.
When redesigning the home, Bender kept about 75 percent of the furnishings and focused on new wallpaper, paint, lighting, art and accessories. The refresh included the purchase of key pieces such as a sofa, coffee table, and dining chairs.
A new minimal and streamlined fixture in the dining room changes the entire vibe of the family’s dining room. A circular piece by artist Jason Koharik adds graphic interest to the room and sculptural chairs are perfect for the more modern surroundings.
In the entry, trendy malachite wallpaper was replaced with a painterly wallcovering from Cuffhome. The wrapped rope chandelier adds textural interest to the space and helped reset the tone of the house.
Removing the wallpaper on an accent wall give the space a fresher, more clean aesthetic.
Though the interior changes are certainly significant, Bender feels the biggest impact came with the change of the exterior paint from a pale yellow to a cool gray, bringing more peaceful and classic style to the home’s façade.
“Use what you have, edit, and rethink layout,” advises Bender, especially when it comes to refreshing on a budget. “Splurge on a few key items, and fill with lower-end accessories and pieces.”