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Danielle's Redesigned Disaster




Los Angeles, California



Square Feet:


What I Love About My Home

When I bought this house about a year ago, it was a complete disaster and in need of some serious renovation. What I love most about my home is that I have made it mine almost completely from scratch-- it was gutted and fully redesigned to be a more efficient use of space at only 500 square feet. The process of achieving this was one of the most difficult challenges I've ever faced, but also what makes me appreciate it most. It was totally worth it in the end, and I couldn't be happier to call this space "home".

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

Carefully choosing which pieces you want to keep and which ones need to go. When you are working with such a small space, one must be incredibly selective!

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Comments (87)


posted by sweethomesweet on April 25, 2011 at 3:03pm
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What kind of cabinets did you use?

posted by jjamiegrayy on April 27, 2011 at 3:50pm
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The poufs are nice and so is the wall art arangement.

posted by arnold on April 25, 2011 at 12:05pm
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The view into the kitchen sold me on clicking "favourite". Great job.

posted by greatkate on April 25, 2011 at 2:04pm
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beautiful, I love the simplicity. What's the white floor?

posted by activate on April 25, 2011 at 8:30am
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Pretty! I especially love the living room. The bathroom seems to be lovely too, I would love to see more pictures of it!

posted by fulinlin on April 25, 2011 at 8:42am
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Gorgeous! Fantastic use of space and I love yup style. Yes, what is the white flooring?

posted by MWesdock on April 25, 2011 at 8:44am
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My new ultimate favourite! I hope this entry can WIN!!! :)

Danielle, your house is so so beautiful! I can see why you feel so happy in this space. I wish you many happy years in this home :)

posted by lei on April 25, 2011 at 8:46am
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love the sofa...fabulous style, gorgeous black accents adds a bit of sophistication without taking away from the relaxed atmosphere..

posted by eclectic revisited on April 25, 2011 at 9:02am
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Gorgeous. I love the all-white canvas, touches of dark wood, mix of traditional furniture with modern, 1970's art... love, love, love. A favorite for sure. I would love to see pictures of the "disaster". (Waiting to hear back from you on the floors - inquiring minds want to know.)

posted by cvgmiami on April 25, 2011 at 9:14am
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Terrific! I hope you documented the renovation...that would be a post unto itself.

posted by doony on April 25, 2011 at 9:33am
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I adore the living area and the sofa.

posted by BrieBrie on April 25, 2011 at 10:06am
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This is a great use of space. I'm also curious about the "before".

posted by leith on April 25, 2011 at 9:48am
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This is lovely!

posted by MishMc on April 25, 2011 at 10:16am
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I love the way the rug in the living room works with the rest of your style. What a great mix.

posted by lightblue on April 25, 2011 at 10:28am
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It looks beautiful, nice use of space and most of all your place looks easy to clean.

posted by b77 on April 25, 2011 at 11:02am
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Clever design. Beautiful choices.

posted by Ana Carolina on April 25, 2011 at 11:04am
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Wow, what a beautiful space. You've done a wonderful job! Everything breathes luxury and it doesn't feel like 500 feet at all!

posted by knitsmcgee on April 25, 2011 at 11:08am
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This is one of my favorites--EVER. I'm going to second what someone said above, I'd love to see a post documenting the renovation with befores and afters. Or even a House Tour to see the outside!

posted by Kit_Kat on April 25, 2011 at 11:39am
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I hope you will win... I kept going back to the photos.. Wish there were more..

posted by New York Muhtari on April 25, 2011 at 11:39am
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posted by kelleyk on April 25, 2011 at 12:28pm
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SO gorgeous, oh my gosh.

posted by thekatpack on April 25, 2011 at 12:56pm
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Absolutely beautiful. Love the balance between light and dark, with the pops of green and neutral browns. Simply lovely. Where did you get your couch? So sophisticated!

posted by Tracy333 on April 25, 2011 at 12:56pm
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What a wonderful space. Love all your furniture and how you mixed the pieces.

posted by mg0224 on April 25, 2011 at 1:07pm
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So beautiful! So uncluttered!

posted by rexrayfan on April 25, 2011 at 2:02pm
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This is gorgeous and the work that you did to renovate means you are the smallest and coolest of all. Hip hip hooray for Danielle!

posted by Kate (NC) on April 25, 2011 at 1:20pm
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This is truly a lovely home! Those white floors are gorgeous!

posted by A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie on April 25, 2011 at 1:29pm
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Beautiful :) It looks so spacious, and everything is so well selected. Perfect.

posted by LauraInCancun on April 25, 2011 at 1:34pm
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congrats on your efforts and i also hope you can enjoy the results for many, many years!

posted by solarsister310 on April 25, 2011 at 1:35pm
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500 feet of perfection.

posted by ellerden15 on April 25, 2011 at 1:41pm
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This is so great! I love what you've done and would love to see the exterior as well. Please do a house tour so we can see the "before" as well. And love the white floors.

posted by rabbitrabbit on April 25, 2011 at 1:46pm
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i'd love to see the "before" photos. i love this space - so clean and white.

posted by Mosie on April 25, 2011 at 1:51pm
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Great house - clean and bright! I'll take one to go!

posted by Mrs T in Jersey on April 25, 2011 at 2:53pm
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Awesome, this is a winner for me.

posted by kocka on April 25, 2011 at 2:55pm
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The first I have voted on. Beautiful!

posted by designerdude on April 25, 2011 at 3:21pm
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Gorgeous! I think you should win.

posted by mauishopgirl on April 25, 2011 at 3:27pm
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I like the balance of old and new shapes and stark with touches of wood and color, very clean while still feeling very personal and livable.

posted by Selfridge Design on April 25, 2011 at 3:29pm
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Two thoughts spring to mind: West Elm and photoshop.

posted by rick100 on April 25, 2011 at 3:31pm
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I like the custome design, so clean and white. Fab couch, almost chester.

posted by Ofelia on April 25, 2011 at 4:41pm
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This home is exquisite. It's so similar to my own home; I love your style. You are so talented and fortunate to be able to create the home of your dreams and one that reflects your creativity, lifestyle, and passions. Well done!

posted by Kellie Ann on April 25, 2011 at 6:23pm
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@rick100 - Ha!

Having taken a look at most of the contestants at this point, its seems like a theme is emerging this year as far as a type of space that is/are rising quickly up the leaderboard. Seems like the "all white look - white walls, white furniture, white lighting fixtutres, etc. punctuated either by darkish wood cabinetry or a single piece of dark brown furniture is all the rage right now.

posted by Dave2 on April 25, 2011 at 6:50pm
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Really beautiful interior; I love the simplicity, layout, and furnishings. I think this entry is the only other one I voted on over the course of the contest. Best of luck to you!

posted by Hydra on April 25, 2011 at 7:46pm
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I love how open and airy it feels, just in the photos! You did a great job with the place. I like that the kitchen cabinets and counter continue into the dining space. Great way to unify them even more!

posted by mollyfields on April 25, 2011 at 7:36pm
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Picture Perfect . . . I would love to know where you got your dining room table from. I have been looking for a black table for the longest.

posted by ebusy on April 25, 2011 at 9:45pm
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Really beautiful. You did all that work in a year? I'm stunned. I love the simplicity and I am so jealous of your white floors. Great job. Good luck!

posted by robertspeg on April 25, 2011 at 11:04pm
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Can anyone tell me what/where the round woven floor seats are from? Love them and see them everywhere on AT.

posted by RissyRis on April 25, 2011 at 11:33pm
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its like a dream

posted by Mishu Islam on April 26, 2011 at 12:47am
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Seconding (thirding?) the request for a before-and-after feature on this.

posted by amarque on April 26, 2011 at 1:21am
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round woven floor seats are from ikea. i love em too :) http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20033919

great use of the rug in the living room. place looks amazing, danielle!

posted by aj510 on April 26, 2011 at 3:04am
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posted by kshimmy on April 26, 2011 at 4:12am
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Damn, you photoshop'ed the hell out of these photos. I first thought they were paintings!

posted by kingdavid1 on April 26, 2011 at 1:28pm
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Hi Everyone!
Wow. THANKS for all the wonderful comments and encouragement.... Really makes my day. :)

I don't know if there's a way to respond to individual comments here, so I'll comment and hopefully this gets to those of you who have asked questions:

@ multiple inquiries: The floors are Ikea TUNDRA

@ebusy: The dining room table is from the Pasadena Rose Bowl flea market.... a really wonderful flea market. It's one of my favorite finds.

posted by DClementine on April 26, 2011 at 1:36pm
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You did an absolute beautiful job with everything! The colors and decor totally all go together perfectly!!

posted by Roseann Engstle on April 26, 2011 at 1:44pm
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@kingdavid and rick100:

These photos are not photoshopped....

They were taken by a friend of mine who is a very talented photographer and maximizes all his subjects in-camera. I'll be sure relay the comments though, as I'm sure he will take them as a compliment. :)
Check out his site: www.furtographs.com

posted by DClementine on April 26, 2011 at 1:51pm
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straight to my inspiration folder

posted by ADodson on April 26, 2011 at 8:30pm
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but i do love the salon-style arrangement you have in the dining room!

posted by mekleiber on April 27, 2011 at 1:37pm
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BEAUTIFUL, inspiring, such a thoughtful use of space and so clean and UNCLUTTERED. It's a dream home.

posted by designer joy on April 27, 2011 at 1:14pm
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very pretty and clean, but i guess i'm one of the only ones who doesn't go gaga over an entirely white home. where's the color?

posted by mekleiber on April 27, 2011 at 1:37pm
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love the look but where are the closets? need to put the vacuum cleaner and luggage someplace.

posted by lynn212 on April 27, 2011 at 1:44pm
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Love, love, love your space! can you tell me where you got the "floating nightstand". it's a brilliant idea. i've been looking for nightstands for my tiny nyc pad. again - well done.

posted by nyc14 on April 27, 2011 at 1:50pm
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This is stunning! The mix of white and dark wood is so beautiful. I see a lot of CB2 product used - you made it look so high-end!

posted by joabbott8 on April 27, 2011 at 2:04pm
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Very nice room; just enough touches of color for my taste: the oriental rug, edging on the pillows, a few colored art works.

Now where can I get that piano stool that is serving as end table by the sofa. I need something like that for my harpsichord. Most of those revolving stools are so victorian looking.

posted by NickGood on April 27, 2011 at 2:30pm
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love it!

posted by reclaimedspaces on April 27, 2011 at 2:28pm
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Awesome space!! I love everything and especially the use of white with dark woods.

Can you tell me where your sofa is from? it's beautiful!

posted by SweetLuna on April 27, 2011 at 2:49pm
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posted by Matador de Floor Plans on April 27, 2011 at 3:46pm
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This is wonderful!!! I would love to see before pics!!!

posted by exjmp on April 27, 2011 at 4:18pm
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WOW! Well, if you'd like some pattern on your floor, I'll send my dogs over...

posted by citipearl on April 27, 2011 at 5:03pm
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I am in love with this place!!! As an owner of a similarly small home like this, I am so happy to see how you've used the space!

posted by Sorchita on April 27, 2011 at 4:39pm
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am interested how the white floors are to live with day in day out. i think they're stunning and i'd love to do something like this one day but would love to hear the feedback from someone who lives with them.

my landlord has talked about ripping up the floors in my kitchen (yes please!) and perhaps this is something i can suggest...

anyway... love it.

posted by 3floorsup on April 27, 2011 at 6:58pm
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...and that mini-glimpse of your bathroom looks like a PIECE OF HEAVEN! definitely beats my knees to chin tub. :)

posted by 3floorsup on April 27, 2011 at 7:00pm
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Who makes the couch? I love the high backs

posted by DNBursky on April 27, 2011 at 8:49pm
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Beautiful, beautiful space.

I adore your sofa - where did you find it?

posted by sarahaubreyLA on April 27, 2011 at 9:02pm
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This is SO aesthetically pleasing, not to mention impressive that you did all the renovation.

I have to keep my enthusiasm in check though (for myself) because, having a bath floor that's all white, I cannot WAIT to get rid of it, it needs cleaning 2 or 3 times a day. But if one's lifestyle allows shoelessness and no pets... this is awesome.

posted by Annie-O on April 28, 2011 at 12:01pm
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Oh I forgot to say, the fact that you manage a FULL DINING ROOM in 500 sq ft makes this possibly the 8th wonder of the world!

posted by Annie-O on April 28, 2011 at 12:02pm
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Love it! I'm about to move into a small apartment, too. And I am wondering what the dimensions of your bedroom are. Nice work Danielle!

posted by Faffer on April 28, 2011 at 1:43pm
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this is lovely and i envy all the storage! i second the question about where your sofa is from, its so classic.

posted by Aristeia on April 28, 2011 at 3:10pm
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posted by Rachel O. on April 28, 2011 at 4:09pm
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Beautifully designed pad with sleek lines and clean appearance

posted by Jeff Barker on May 1, 2011 at 12:09pm
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Love the space! Where is the coffee table from?

posted by Stampede on April 28, 2011 at 6:17pm
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Lovely space - great design. One question: Where did you get the sofa?

posted by zuluboy on April 29, 2011 at 12:00am
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posted by bobkarin on April 29, 2011 at 9:38am
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I am a newby, and I'm not sure if anyone has asked. Where did you snag the cool pendant lamp/drum lamp over the table? Thanks in advance.

posted by buddhistzombie on April 29, 2011 at 1:19pm
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What kind of white paint did you use?

posted by ljaeger on May 1, 2011 at 9:09am
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Gorgeous! You have my vote.

posted by mbk29 on May 1, 2011 at 1:39pm
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Ms. Danielle I really do not remember seeing your picture in the vote, because I have tell you, I would have voted for you! I have enjoyed the pictures- I mean 500sq feet?!?!?! Seriously, you would never be able to tell in these pictures...so crisp and clean your space....ahh..I love it!

posted by wendym1 on May 2, 2011 at 1:43pm
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THIS apartment, Disappearing Bed and Paul's lovely apartment make this year's crop of finalists look downright depressing.

posted by minimalist1 on May 5, 2011 at 4:06pm
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I live in the LA area, but that is NOT why I'm praising this entry and bemoaning that it's not a finalist.

Incredible use of space and the chic vibe of the place makes me once again wish I could paint my floors white. It's almost 100 today, and I'll bet it's pretty cool in this space. Lovely selection of color -- yeah, white and black are colors -- and sense of just what does make a space really memorable.

posted by minimalist1 on May 5, 2011 at 4:19pm
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