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Beverly Hills Home by Burnham Design

A Historic Home Lightens Up

We couldn’t be more enamored with this week’s featured design find, a magnificent Beverly Hills residence that was reimagined and reinvigorated by Betsy Burnham of Burnham Design. This house has everything we’re currently obsessing over: sophisticated pastels, globally-inspired accents from chinoiserie to Turkish rugs, playful layers of pattern….and of course, plenty of natural light. “This is a 1930s Tudor-style house that had great bones when the clients bought it, but was also very dark both inside and out,” says Betsy. Working in a palette of soft neutrals and grey-tinged lilacs and corals, the designer brought this space firmly into the 21st century and gave the home vibrant new life, perfect for a fun-loving family that frequently entertains. “It was the goal of the entire team working on the house to lighten and brighten it up during the remodel,” Betsy continues, “and I was inspired by a true Southern California vibe: pale walls and a playful color palette, super comfortable furniture pieces, rooms that could really be used and lived in.” Want to see more from this stunning redesign? Read on for more designer notes from Betsy, as well as plenty more pictures (for even more photo inspiration, follow @burnhamdesign on Instagram for sneak peeks and behind the scenes shots on upcoming projects)!


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“With a bit of landscaping and a few paint color changes, I think we were able to make a major difference in the look and feel of this house.”

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“I wanted to create interiors that flowed together seamlessly and also flowed into the outdoor spaces – the patios are decorated to be outdoor rooms, with sofas and large tables and plenty of seating for a crowd.”

entryShould It Stay, Or Should It Go?

It’s always a challenge trying to balance existing features with new improvements, but never more so than when you’re dealing with a historic home! We think Betsy handled this wainscoting decision perfectly–original woodwork is almost always a bonus.

The designer says, “It was a challenge deciding which original features to keep and which to say goodbye to. For instance, the wainscoting in the entry and dining room was very low on the wall – at a very different height than what we’d normally do – but we decided we loved the authenticity of it, and kept it exactly as it was, adding a coat of paint to brighten it up.”

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“I love the furniture plan in the living room. It was fun working it out at the beginning of the project!”

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“I also love the abstract painting over the living room fireplace. It was a piece we found at the end of the job, just in for the installation –I feel it really sets the tone of the room.”

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“This is a big family that entertains a lot. There’s a prep kitchen that takes traffic out of the main kitchen, and almost every room in the house has custom built-in cabinetry so that there’s always a place for everything to be put away.”

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“I want to encourage people not to be afraid of lightening up their homes with paint. These clients took a risk and in my opinion, it really paid off!”

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Get Inspired by This Look!

Beverly Hills Collage

1.Coastal Dunes Rug  2. Regency Rug  3. Zebra Stencil Hide Rug  4. Aqua Uzbek Pillow  5. Hope Pillow  6. 9133-90 Tufted Ottoman  7. Ivy  8. Schoolhouse Globe Lamp

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