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    Before “We redid the whole presentation,” designer Sally Sirkin Lewis says of a Carmel Valley, California, house she and her associate Kenn Shlaes renovated for Ed and Ruth Morrow.



    After They covered the entrance hall walls with grass cloth and replaced the tile floor with bleached oak. The acrylics are studies by Bradford Stewart.



    Before
    The living room “was dark despite all the windows,” says Lewis.



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    With drywall ceilings and a lightened oak floor, “the space is much brighter now,” the designer points out. “It practically glows.” The sofa, sofa pillows and slipper chair fabric is from J. Robert Scott.



    Before
    “We changed the floor plan of the space,” Shlaes says of the living and dining area.


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    They centered the fireplace and removed the fieldstone and paneling. The wall in the dining area was extended into the hall. John Duff’s 1984 wall sculpture Attenuated Wedge is at left.



    Before The kitchen. “It was dismal and old-fashioned,” says Lewis.



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    The cabinets and granite-topped counter they designed “are sleek and sophisticated,” she notes. At rear hangs Richard Serra’s Billie Holiday, 1999. The refrigerator is from Sub-Zero. Wolf ovens.



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    “We encircled the space with bookshelves and put in French doors,” Lewis says of the library. A pair of Le Corbusier Grand Confort armchairs flank the ottoman. A Xavier Poyola artwork is on the table. On the windowsill at right is a David Kraisler sculpture.



    Before
    The guest room.



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    The designers whitewashed the cedar paneling and built cabinets, making a niche for the sofa bed. “The contrast between the black and ivory colors is striking,” says Shlaes. J. Robert Scott sofa bed, slipper chairs, glass vessels and fabrics.



    Before
    “The master bedroom looked like a room in an early western. It was a nightmare,” says Lewis.



    After
    She and Shlaes installed a ceiling recess to create the illusion of space. They designed the built-in vanity ledge and the ebonized-oak bed with cantilevered shelves.

    California Original: AD 100 Designers: architecturaldigest.com

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    More monochrome zzzzzzzzzzzz The designers don't even call them "rooms" any more - it's all about "spaces". Do they take into account that people actually have to LIVE here? Where's the clutter? Where's the soul? Where's the HOME?
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    the home has been carefully concealed behind a domestic museum.
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    the furniture is so boring (with the exception of the le corbusier armchairs). in fact, it's all boring and way too 'safe'.
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    Love the library. The rest, not so much.

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    I like this space. It looks decluttered and relaxing.

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    Utilitarian Big Box "space" formerly known as a home.

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    Sheesh you could build an entire separate house with all the wood from those "before" pics.
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    it's also too bad they painted the wood beams white.
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