Architectural Digest: This Mount Washington Home Is a Family’s Retreat From Bustling Los Angeles Life

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A 1950s ranch in LA becomes a modern and light-filled oasis

“We’re really drawn to the mythology of Mount Washington,” Cassandra Richardson says. This was paramount when her husband and her made the decision of purchasing this 1950s ranch-style home in the historic Los Angeles neighborhood. During the early 20th century, the hilltop enclave became a cabin-filled weekend destination for Old Hollywood. Before automobiles became mainstream, a funicular connected downtown LA to the neighborhood’s crest.

BEFORE “We bought the house in 2016 for our family. At the time we had a threeyearold son and a small dog. Wed been...

BEFORE: “We bought the house in 2016 for our family. At the time, we had a three-year-old son and a small dog. We’d been living in a rental in Silver Lake, and it was so exciting to finally have a backyard and these beautiful views,” Cassandra says. The couple took on renovations one by one, and the landscape redesign was the most recent aspect to be completed.

“We never thought we could afford to live up there,” Cassandra explains. “But we found this fixer-upper and pushed to the end of our budget to make it happen in 2016.” Upon moving in, the kitchen was not even functional; there was no refrigerator. What little budget the growing family had left was funneled into making the space liveable and visually appealing. IKEA cabinetswere a DIY solution, and an inexpensive tile was pushed all the way to the ceiling to create an elevated look. Splurges went toward the Schoolhouse hardware and a quartz waterfall island. “We wanted to make choices that maximized our budget in ways that’d have the biggest impact,” Cassandra explains.

BEFORE Though the wood flooring was in good condition new windows doors and a fireplace paint job were on the couples...

BEFORE: Though the wood flooring was in good condition, new windows, doors, and a fireplace paint job were on the couple’s wish list of what it would take to create their dream living room.

AFTER Dark accents mixed with airy and clean wood details bring an updated modernity to the classic cabin aesthetic...

AFTER: Dark accents mixed with airy and clean wood details bring an updated modernity to the classic cabin aesthetic, inspired by the couple’s beloved Joshua Tree.

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AFTER: Black-framed windows, bright art, and lush greenery give this contemporary cabin its own distinctive flair.

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Little by little, over the past seven years, the couple chipped away at other renovations, reflective of their family’s evolving needs. The guest bathroom was completed, with a hyper-California theme in mind (hello, Beverly Hills Hotel wallpaper). New windows and a glass front door were installed to bring light into the entry rooms, the ceiling of the primary suite was raised, and the bath was gutted. Elsewhere, the garage was converted into a spacious home office. Not only was the slow and steady approach a budget-minded philosophy, but it was also a design one. “If you move in and automatically start gutting everything, you don’t really know what the actual energetic flow of the house is,” Cassandra says. “You have to live in a space to understand what the needs are.”

BEFORE Though the layout of the kitchen was rearranged to accommodate the introduction of a refrigerator the couple...

BEFORE: Though the layout of the kitchen was rearranged to accommodate the introduction of a refrigerator, the couple chose to keep the bright and airy feel of the space through new appliances and cosmetic upgrades.

AFTER IKEA cabinets Schoolhouse hardware and quartz countertops are DIY upgrades that bring a modern feel to the new...

AFTER: IKEA cabinets, Schoolhouse hardware, and quartz countertops are DIY upgrades that bring a modern feel to the new kitchen.

AFTER Inspiration from the couples favorite Desert Hot Springs getaway Two Bunch Palms extends into the dining room with...

AFTER: Inspiration from the couple’s favorite Desert Hot Springs getaway, Two Bunch Palms, extends into the dining room with new-West contemporary touches.

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