Take, for instance, designer Janice Barta's latest renovation.
The project – a 1930s Spanish-style home in Beverly Hills – was charming to boot, but in desperate need of a facelift. During her first visit to the space, Barta identified her biggest design challenge: The sparse back exterior of the house, which seemed like the previous homeowner's afterthought.
Given the parking spaces in the driveway and carport, Barta reimagined the garage as an outdoor loggia adjacent to the client's new pool. The addition of a trellis with built in seating, custom light fixtures, and reclaimed roof tiles "marry some of the Spanish charm that the front of the house had in the back," Barta muses.
Accented with terra cotta, a color palette of warm gray and crisp white throw pillows creates calming, comfortable feel in the space – the perfect spot for entertaining guests on warm summer nights.
That same color palette is evident throughout the interior of the home. If it looks intentional, it's because the client requested Barta choose a fresh color scheme that emphasizes the home's architecture. The ante is upped in the kitchen and breakfast nook,where Barta completely transformed a window into an arched set of French doors emphasizing the space's natural light.
Barta's choice to use different patterned gray wallpapers throughout the kitchen, dressing area, and child's bedroom work to create a cohesive mood that modernizes the space as well. Smart details – like a textured footstool, which adds a feminine touch to the dressing area, or the upholstered Bernhardt headboard in the children's bedroom, which brings sophistication to a room whose wallpaper is literally flocked with flamingoes – add visual interest, too.
Check out more of the drastic renovation below.