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Photo Blog March 4 Mid-Century Makeover Living Room

The Los Angeles Times has a Before & After story this week that I had to share. Lara Spencer, host of The Insider and a former Antiques Roadshow host, and her husband, a former CNN anchor, saved this modern marvel from the wrecking ball when they bought it last year. Before they got their stylish hands on it, the family room, pictured above, looked like this:

Photo Blog March 4 Mid-Century Makeover Before Living Room 1

Yikes! The living room on the other side of the fireplace was even more dowdy and dated:

Photo Blog March 4 Mid-Century Makeover Before Living Room 2

Six months of demolition and dust later, the split-level house is perfectly in tune with its 1960s architecture.

Photo Blog March 4 Mid-Century Makeover After Living Room 1

Photo Blog March 4 Mid-Century Makeover After Living Room 2

The couple, their two kids and two dogs, now live surrounded by “a fresh mix of Hollywood Regency, mid-century modern and contemporary casual,” but they’re not devout modernists. Their former home in Connecticut was a traditional 1901 carriage house filled with plaid — a far cry from the glam Mylar-backed peacock-print wallpaper in their current dining room.

Photo Blog March 4 Mid-Century Makeover Dining Room

If you’ve considered changing your space or style, I hope you’re inspired. And you don’t need a mega budget to pull it off: the console in the dining room is from CB2, Spencer found the diamond shaped mirror in the bathroom at a flea market and the 1960s Murano smoked glass ceiling light (below) was bought on eBay for $600.

Photo Blog March 4 Mid-Century Makeover Powder Room Patio Steps

The L.A. Times reports that next month, Spencer heads to the Rose Bowl Flea Market to shoot the pilot for Fleaflip, a show she created with Merv Griffin Productions for the Game Show Network, on which teams will compete to discover and repurpose the best flea-market finds. Can’t wait!

For the full story and lots more pictures of the bedrooms, bar, entrance and pool deck, click here.

Browse more before and after photos in our Makeovers photo gallery.

Photo credits:
1. Los Angeles Times, photography by Allen J. Schaben
2-3. Los Angeles Times, courtesy of Mitra Sisatar/Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills North
4-9. Los Angeles Times, photography by Allen J. Schaben

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