BEFORE & AFTER: A 1920s Home Is Infused With Light and Energy

From dark and disparate to bright and personality-packed.
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A Spanish-Style home in Palo Alto goes from dark and disparate to bright and personality-packed thanks to the design team at San Francisco-based BAMO.
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Before: Exterior

This 1920s Spanish-style home was victim to poorly panned additions resulting in an incohesive and dark space. Led by Principals, Michael Booth and Dorothy Greene, the design team from San Francisco-based BAMO turned this property into a bright, warm and elegant home with a sense of style reminiscent of a Montecito estate.

The exterior of this home was swathed in soft pink.

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AFTER: Exterior

After adding windows and replacing missing shutters and gutters, the exterior was repainted in a fresh Santa Barbara white.

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BEFORE: Foyer

A lack of windows left this foyer feeling small and dark.

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AFTER: Foyer

A new front door and added windows both next to the door and at the top of the stairs flood the foyer with light and open up the space.

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BEFORE: Living Room

An ill-proportioned "colonial" mantel with built-in storage on either side didn't fit in with the feel of the house.

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AFTER: Living Room

The team stripped the millwork and replaced it with a large 18th-century French limestone mantle—coupled with a monochromatic palette, the living room is given a luxe new look.

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BEFORE: Kitchen

When the home was originally built the space now occupied by the kitchen and breakfast area was an outdoor courtyard. The kitchen space was the heart of the home but lacked the character and practicality the owners wanted.

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AFTER: Kitchen

Infused with old world charm, the space was redesigned to function well for the family. Bulky cabinetry and a dull skylight were removed, and a larger island was designed so the family could gather and prepare meals with a larger workspace.

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AFTER: Breakfast Nook

A circular table and chairs and large windows make for a perfect breakfast spot.

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The uninspired master bedroom left a lot of room for improvement.

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After: Master Bedroom

Understated hues of cream and gold create a rela retreat.

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BEFORE: Office

This dark and boring office was a lackluster place to work in.

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AFTER: Her Office

A new sleek desk and chair offer a comfortable spot to work. A red chair adds unexpected color to the room and new lighting and curtains bring warmth to the space.

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AFTER: His Office

A poorly proportioned and mostly unused sunporch was filled in to create a strong and masculine second office.

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