AT: LA reader Josh writes:
I own a 1600 sq feet townhouse in Newport Beach with ocean views, and I really need to update it since it has a lingering, dated 80s vibe even though it was built in the early 70s. So, the window treatments, kitchen, and flooring need to be changed. But, before I do that, I want to know what style the townhome falls into and to let that style guide me on all the changes and updates I'll need to make. Thanks
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We applaud your thought into your building before doing your remodeling. Your building is one of those difficult styles that doesn't really seem to have a definite genre. It does has some mild styling cues from the arts and crafts period [clean lines not overtly decorative] and another one of our editors thought it could fall under 70's organic modern because of the wood slat front but since you have the ocean view we're not so sure we can recommend going full board into either style direction. In a way, you are sort of lucky in that you have a blank slate that you can pick what you love first and not worry if it's going to fit with the architecture.
We recommend buying a few of home decor magazines and ripping out pages and pictures of things you are drawn to first. After you have 10-20 pictures of hardware, colors and furniture you can map out a plan of attack. Don't forget catalogs from home stores such as Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel etc... A. They're free and B. You'll know exactly where to find the piece you like and how much it will cost when you plan your budget.