For one Los Angeles couple, the allure of Laurel Canyon was impossible to resist. Its insular community, its music industry legacy, and its lush, sloped landscape called. So when they found a 1924 Spanish-style villa on a secluded hillside in the area, not even a rundown interior could deter them from scooping it up.
With dated finishes and a closed-off layout, the historic house required a complete renovation. The couple enlisted interior designer Sarah Solis for the job, who saw the same potential in the place that they did. “The home is 100 years old and needed a lot of serious work, but as the homeowners describe, the light of the canyon was ‘intoxicating’, and they knew they found a hidden gem,” Sarah says. “They saw love and emotion in this home.”
The couple’s primary goals were to honor the age of the structure and lean into its Spanish architecture with a rustic Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic. They also sought to optimize the floor plan for modern living, which meant opening it up. “We wanted to reveal long lines of sight that create a better ease of movement and flood light into the space, blending the inside and outside,” explains Sarah. “The couple loves to host dinners and wanted a home that felt comfortable and flowing with life.”
To deliver on all these asks, Sarah employed a neutral color palette and textural, earthy materials. She knocked down walls, exposed original wood beams, and moved the formal dining area outdoors. The result, according to Sarah, is “something that looks and feels romantic—like you’re on vacation on a remote beach in Europe.” Let’s check out the transformation.
Photography by Rennie Solis.
For more on the project, head to Sarah Solis. And for more dramatic transformations? We suggest:
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Frequently asked questions
Can you provide some information about the Laurel Canyon Spanish Villa remodel?
The Laurel Canyon Spanish Villa is a renovation project by Sarah Solis. It showcases a before and after transformation of a vintage Spanish-style house.
What were some of the notable changes made during the remodel?
The remodel involved various significant changes, including updating the kitchen with custom cabinetry, installing new windows for enhanced natural light, remodeling the bathrooms, refinishing the hardwood floors, and creating a new outdoor patio area.
Who is Sarah Solis?
Sarah Solis is the designer and architect behind the Laurel Canyon Spanish Villa remodel. She is known for her expertise in preserving the character of older homes while incorporating modern updates.
What were the design inspirations for this renovation project?
The design inspiration for the Laurel Canyon Spanish Villa remodel was drawn from the classic Spanish-style architecture found in Southern California. It aimed to retain the original charm while adding contemporary elements.
Was the landscaping of the property changed as well?
Yes, the landscaping was part of the remodel. The exterior of the house now features a beautiful patio area with lush greenery and a seating space, showcasing a tranquil outdoor living area.
Did the remodel involve any sustainable or eco-friendly features?
While specific details about sustainable features are not mentioned in the article, Sarah Solis is known for incorporating energy-efficient solutions and sustainable materials in her projects whenever possible.
Can I find more images of the Laurel Canyon Spanish Villa remodel?
Yes, the article on Remodelista provides a gallery of before and after photos, showcasing the transformation of the Laurel Canyon Spanish Villa. You can find it by following the link: https://www.remodelista.com/posts/laurel-canyon-spanish-villa-before-after-remodel-sarah-solis/
Are there any other notable projects by Sarah Solis?
Yes, Sarah Solis has worked on numerous renovation projects, highlighting her expertise in preserving and updating historic homes. Additional information and examples of her work can be found on Sarah Solis Design website.