California Ranch Gets a Makeover

When it comes to decorating, there’s a common misconception that the bigger our budgets, the better. Yet sometimes all it takes is a few cosmetic changes and a great imagination. Knocking down walls and a fresh coat of paint can do a world of difference! If you don’t believe me, today’s makeover will surely change your minds. Jennifer Maxcy and her husband fell in love with a 1950s ranch-style home in the hills of Ventura county, California and bought it on a whim.  With a modest size to work with, Jennifer had fun rearranging the cozy floor plan to better suit her family’s needs by tearing down walls, replacing light fixtures and covering it all with crisp white paint. Here’s a before view of the main living area. Dark woodwork and a wonky floor plan make the space feel small, dark and dated.

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And here it is after! An open floor plan that is more suitable for modern living. The room is divided into different conversation areas. In the kitchen, a massive farmhouse table replaces the old island and the delicate legs keep the space visually open.

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The living room.

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In this cozy conversation spot by the fire, a lucite console table, and low back, barrel chairs keep the open feel. Horizontal stripes visually widen the room.

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Below, a clever way to use leftover kitchen cabinets! Turned on the side they make an ideal window bench.

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See? I told you! Cost effective and high impact is what we all want yet smart choices aside, my favorite part is the beautiful light that now flows freely in the space.  Until next time!



P.S: Images are from Country Living.

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