Natalie & Jose's Berkeley Bungalow

Natalie & Jose's Berkeley Bungalow

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Janel Laban
May 27, 2015
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Name:
Natalie
Location:
Berkeley, CA
Square Feet:
911
Division:
Small
What I Love About My Small Home:
Jose and I purchased our bungalow in December 2014 when I was 6 1/2 months pregnant and renovated it over 2 months. We tried to bring back the Craftsman charm that had been stripped away during an ill-fated 70's remodel while infusing our personalities into the space. We had time for a few DIY projects, like our headboard and the air plant sculptures in the nursery. We loved creating a place to welcome our first child into the world and luckily we finished just in time. I went into labor on our contractor's last day!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Work with what you have and add personality | The existing kitchen had an incredible amount of storage and a decent layout, including a wall pantry, so we kept the existing oak kitchen cabinets and painted them to give them new life. We added pulls and new Ikea butcherblock counters, plus a Heath Ceramics backsplash (which we scored in the overstock/seconds room).
2. Restore (or create) character | When you are working with a small space, the little details really matter. We re-textured the walls, added picture rail moulding, new baseboards and casings, and rebuilt the fireplace. We wanted to add details that felt true to the home's 100 year history.

3. Don't be afraid to go bold | We decided to paint our dining room BM Chelsea Grey to add drama and compliment our existing furniture. We were hesitant to paint a small space in a dark color, but once we opened the wall to the kitchen, we knew we would have enough light to make it work. It has quickly become my favorite room.
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