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It’s time for one of our favorite traditions! Each year, we spend the holidays reflecting on the stories and articles you loved most. It’s the “Best of Rue” and this is one of 2019’s top stories. Enjoy!

Previously published on November 4, 2019:

When design and real-estate firm MGeh Real Estate Boutique took on the renovation of this quaint Tudor home in the neighborhood of Silverlake in Los Angeles, it was in disrepair. With just 956 square feet and two bedrooms, one bathroom, it didn’t serve many contemporary homeowners’ needs. Both the MGeh team, along with expert stagers A1000xBetter, turned it from a tired Tudor to one that was brought back to its original splendor, and then some.

The first thing that needed addressing was the size itself. MGeh Real Estate Boutique worked on designing a new two-story addition, that added an extra 1000 square feet to the home and turned it into a four-bedroom, three and a half bathroom space. “We loved the English Tudor style and did everything to maintain it in revitalizing the property,” the design team said. “The master suite, for example, is a true retreat with vaulted ceilings, exposed beam, walk-in closet, and a magnificent arch window with views of the town.”

It was crucial for both the stagers, A1000xBetter and the MGeh design team to maintain the integrity of the style of the space. “We wanted this house to feel like a vintage remodeled Tudor time capsule,” the design team shared. “The copper fixtures, vintage antique brass door handles, alder baseboards, oak herringbone floors, arched doorways, vintage lighting, custom cabinetry throughout the house with so many built-in – all convey a sense of the mid-19th century with a remodeled twist.” They kept the front façade, decorative fireplace, and arched wall over the guest bedroom intact.

As for the staging A1000xBetter’s approach was similar. “When a house has great character like this one it is a fine line between highlighting the architecture and stealing the show with the staging,” Kirsten Blazek, Creative Director of the firm said, “So we always pay attention to highlighting and not hiding the architecture with our furnishings.” To do so, they were extra focused on the profile and height of the pieces they brought into the space, to be sure that they didn’t cover or obstruct some of the home’s more shining interior architectural moments. “We loved how we were able to highlight the ceiling height in the master bedroom by keeping relatively low profile furniture in there – this just made the ceilings feel extra tall and grand.”

The team at A1000xBetter wanted to be sure to get the style of the furnishings just right. “We really want to vibe with the Tudor quality of the home and compliment the beautiful finishes the design/build team had selected, so we brought in a mixture of clean and more modern furniture pieces but also a lot of vintage items that were in keeping with the Tudor character,” she said. “If we need to send the movers back to the warehouse for additional or different pieces we will, and if we need to go buy mid-stage, we do. We try to make sure that every stage is identifiable and on-brand. We like to ensure that we have a consistent color story throughout the whole home. The one thing we never compromise on is if it looks good in a photograph. We live in such a visual world and photos are what brings buyers to go see a house so if it doesn’t look good through the camera lens then we will re-work the space until we are happy.”