• Christina Rice

Buy Low & Add Sweet Value with a Makeover

Updated: Mar 10

Interior by Jute Home and Photo by Lisa Romerein

Staircase. Oh, sweet staircase.

I love design details such as tile on the toe kicks of a staircase, and it's a timeless feature that has been used in Spanish, Mexican and Mediterranean architecture for centuries. This interior, designed by Jute Homes, is new and modern but has a perfectly lived-in feel.

It's these types of interior features (and so many more...my list is endless) that get me excited about home design.

While searching the MLS in my local Thousand Oaks market, I came across a listing from Jennifer Foster, Coldwell Banker. This Spanish-style 5 bedroom and 3 bath home located at 954 Emerson Street is currently listed at $800,000.

It jumped out at me as a blank slate to add all the beautiful details of a fabulously designed Spanish retreat.

Look at the existing staircase.

Listing courtesy of Jennifer Foster, Coldwell Banker

The Emerson home already has some gorgeous hardwood floors. With a quick sanding, they could easily be lightened up for a warmer more rustic look of a Spanish home. I'd also try to match the floor and continue the hardwood floors in the entry way because their isn't much Spanish influence in that white boxy tile.

But let's get back to the staircase...

Paint those railings black and select your favorite (or favorites) Spanish tile to be installed on the toe-kick area like pictured above. This room could look very much like the inspiration.

I don't stop there! I've created an entire Pinterest Board of simple and easy ideas to make this Spanish house worthy of it's own Pinterest images.

To see what I've put together, visit my Pinterest Board for Emerson called Spanish-ish to Spanishtacular and read the notes for details and explanation.

If you want to go see the house in person, call me today! You'll be amazed at this home's potential.

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