Reviving the Spanish Style

Reviving the Spanish Style

Grace Shu
Aug 16, 2007

A few weeks ago, I went to an open house that was down the street. Mainly because, for the past few months, there had been workers banging away at 6 am five days a week. For all that noise, there had better be some amazing remodel action (and finger foods). But, it was like bad plastic surgery...

The Spanish casa was stripped out of all the elements and quirks that make that style so unique! Case in point: The owners took out the wood beams from the ceiling. Colorful tile had been replaced with a grey slate (sure it was beautiful and cost a fortune, but it felt out of place).

I've seen some great Spanish revivals, especially the one in San Marino pictured here and featured this week in the LA Times and this great remodel from Cottage Living. I'd think that a house remodel would be such an intense project that trying to fit a whole new style or trend would be a huge gamble. Why not take cues from the existing architecture?

Photos by John Coolidge for Cottage Living and Ricardo DeAratanha for the LA Times

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