Think single-storey dwelling and retirement bungalow springs to mind, but this super-chic LA pad is anything but staid. Although let’s be honest, it probably takes the creative nous of someone like interior designer Kirsten Blazek to give such a space real style edge.
When Kirsten and her (now ex) partner set eyes on the 1940s ranch, it was dated, having been owned by the same family since being built and had been languishing on the market. Clearly, others didn’t have Kirsten’s vision of how to turn the property from dull to dreamy. ‘It wasn’t exactly a case of love at first sight, but I knew the neighbourhood was ideal and it had a lot of potential,’ she says.
After completing in 2018, Kirsten gave the unimaginative white box some dark drama in a five-month rush renovation – mainly because the family were squashed into a small rental while works took place. Ceilings were pulled, utilities updated and walls moved to recalibrate the space to suit their needs. ‘I can’t quite believe we did this, but it involved a lot of sleepless nights while I tried to source and order everything to keep up with the contractors,’ says Kirsten.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
In the pink
Creative couple Gemma Ruse and Xavier Sheriff have designed their dream home – one that juxtaposes the patina of age and contemporary lines absolutely brilliantly
How to.. . make your home warm
THE EXPERT VIEW ON WARMING YOUR HOME WITH A WOOD-BURNING STOVE FOR ELEGANCE AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY
MATERIAL OF THE MOMENT… COLOURED CONCRETE
MOVE ASIDE GREY! ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNERS ARE BRINGING JOY TO URBAN REFURBS WITH RAINBOW HUES INSIDE AND OUT
A warehouse flat in one of east London’s hottest spots has been sensitively designed around its existing fabric
Blue and Green
The dreamiest of colours, these two shades are oh-so soothing to live with, as shown in Sally Denning’s new book
DESIGNER ABIGAIL AHERN TALKS COLOURS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO LINGER AND THE POWER OF FOUR
Andrea and Giuseppe’s classic Milanese apartment has had a deft mid-century makeover that includes a few joy-inducing master strokes
LET GOOD DESIGN IMPROVE YOUR SLEEP
A simple and chic palette with a big dose of design classic furniture delivers laid-back Nordic luxe in Kirsten and Alex Miller’s reimagined family home in south London
Interior designer Albane Collon is a colour connoisseur and her heady mix of tawny hues in this Paris apartment goes down very smoothly
Forests have always migrated to survive. But now they need our help to outrun climate catastrophe.
GHOST TRACKS OF WHITE SANDS
Scientists are uncovering fossilized footprints in the New Mexico desert that show how humans and Ice Age animals shared the landscape
TALES FROM THE CRYPTO
Environmentally-friendly power for CRYPTO MINING is becoming a big issue
Emma's BILLIONAIRERE BOUND
Emma shocked friends and family when she started dating new guy Brandon Green so soon after her breakup with Leo Robinton.
WHO HONORS HENRIETTA LACKS, WOMAN WHOSE CELLS SERVED SCIENCE
The chief of the World Health Organization honored the late Henrietta Lacks, an American woman whose cancer cells were taken without her knowledge during the 1950s and ended up providing the foundation for vast scientific breakthroughs, including research about the coronavirus.
HYDROPOWER DECLINE ADDS STRAIN TO POWER GRIDS IN DROUGHT
After water levels at a California dam fell to historic lows this summer, the main hydropower plant it feeds was shut down. At the Hoover Dam in Nevada — one of the country’s biggest hydropower generators — production is down by 25%. If extreme drought persists, federal officials say a dam in Arizona could stop producing electricity in coming years.
Nicole & Keith How We Saved Our Marriage
IN AN HONEST NEW INTERVIEW NICOLE KIDMAN OPENS UP ABOUT THE WORK SHE AND KEITH URBAN PUT INTO A MARRIAGE THAT NEARLY ENDED BEFORE IT BEGAN.
Ancient Wisdom On Nature And The Climate Crisis
DR. ASLAM PARVAIZ is a teacher with a passion. Coming from the Islamic tradition, he integrates the wisdom of the Quran with a scientific attitude toward Nature, the environment, and our responsibility as human beings. In November 2020, DR. PARVAIZ was interviewed by ELIZABETH DENLEY and KAMBIZ RAVAN from the Heartfulness Institute.
GABBY PETITO'S SAD FINAL DAYS
Park ranger warned homicide victim her relationship was toxic
Nothing Like the Real Thing
Since when does a comedy special also need to be a documentary?