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Elsy's New Home
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It was granny's house--a bungalow last decorated in the 60s. Everything from the avocado green stove and worn vinyl tiles in the kitchen to the baggy couch, faded wallpaper and frilly curtains in the living room needed replacing. Granny had given the house to her grandson Felipe, and he thought it was just fine. But his girlfriend Elsy hated it and wasn't the least bit interested in calling it her home sweet home. How could we help Felipe?


What this house needed was a breath of springtime. To open up the space we removed the wall between the living and dining rooms and then added a small partition wall to separate the kitchen. Dark wallpaper was stripped off and the walls were brightened with the tang of lemony yellow paint. The plan for the floors was white throughout to keep the space flowing, so the hardwood under the old carpet was painted and vinyl tile laid in the kitchen. It was time for a new stove and refrigerator, but all the cabinets needed was a coat of tangerine paint to keep pace. White couches and a sexy shag carpet, as well as a sleek white epoxy kitchen table top and funky chandelier finished the transformation. This young loft style proved to be a hit with everyone, including granny. And for Felipe and Elsy, it was the icing on the wedding cake.

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