Outdated 80’s Remodel with Lindsey Brooke Design

As a mother of 2 boys and the Founder and Creative Director of  Lindsey Brooke Design, Lindsey Borchard sure knows how to update a family home. One thing we’ve always admired about Lindsey is her ability to create beautiful, elevated but functional spaces. She understands how small kids wear on a house and crafts her designs to compliment that – not fight it. Long time client of IDCO Studio, we’ve handled Lindsey’s marketing and social media campaigns over the last three years. It’s our immense honor to reveal her latest project; a stunning 80’s remodel in need of a major makeover.


This 2,500 SF home sits in a historic neighborhood of Los Angeles. The home was untouched over the last 30 years and still held all the outdated 80’s details like popcorn ceilings, mirrored round walls and a lot of wall paper. The clients with a new baby was looking to remodel the family home and make it  feel young, fresh, and able to grow with them. Lindsey was the designer to bring that vision to life.


Lindsey took this remodel project down to the studs, maximizing every square inch of the modest sized home. Focusing on hard surfaces, even the doors and windows were replaced. Below, we’re taking you room by room through the progress – serving up great inspiration for our own spaces.


The Kitchen


White kitchen with quartz counters, floating wood shelves, brass arm pendants and woven shades by Lindsey Brooke Design.


The most significant challenge of this kitchen was making the long galley style layout work for these frequent entertainers. As avid chefs, the clients wanted an all white kitchen that didn’t feel cold and allowed for guests. Lindsey’s first goal was to open up the 8 foot ceiling. When demo began, they found all the ceiling joists cut in half! Thanking their lucky stars their ceiling never collapsed, the clients decided to increase their budget, raise the ceiling to 9 feet and properly rebuild the roof.

The final result feels spacious, airy and efficient. Custom cabinetry created ample storage for the foodie couple, but Lindsey’s gift of precision and warmth made this all-white kitchen feel layered and collected. The cabinets are painted in Benjamin Moore Milk Glass against Simply White walls. Warm wood tones carried from the floor to the custom floating shelves and woven shades balance the cool undertones of handcraft tile backsplash and quartz counters. By opening the range wall to the living room, the kitchen was no longer a corner afterthought, and a connected part of the home. Lindsey and her team expertly reconfigured the floor plan, spacing out the appliances to make more room in the kitchen. This increases the flow of traffic and gives every space a defined purpose.


Stunning outdated 80's remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design


The Breakfast Nook


Stunning outdated 80's remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design


Additionally, the adjacent breakfast nook designed by Lindsey adds incredible character to the brand new space. Textural elements bring in Lindsey’s signature California casual vibe. Vertical shiplap on the custom bench pairs perfectly with the woven rattan of the dining chairs. An oval dining table keeps things conversational without taking up too much space in the narrow kitchen. New windows and custom window treatments quite literally took this dining area from drab to fab.


The Rest of the Stunning 80’s Remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design


Stunning outdated 80's remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Lindsey Brooke Design.


Down the hallway from the main living areas, Lindsey renovated every hard surface including bathrooms and closets. Our favorite space, however, is definitely the powder bath. The clients needed a space for guests and wanted to go bold. This space was formerly the laundry room and Lindsey made the most of the gained space. To balance the wild wallpaper choice, the design team wrapped wainscoting around the room in Benjamin Moore Williamsburge Wythe Blue. An open and airy pedestal sink keeps your eye moving and made this powder bathroom pack a punch.


Stunning outdated 80's remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design

Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Lindsey Brooke Design.


Down the hallway, new windows, floors, ceilings, and trim were installed, carrying Benjamin Moore’s Simply White throughout. A super durable runner adds a layer of color that will hold up to their growing family.


Stunning outdated 80's remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design


Once again the primary bathroom was a tightly configured room broken into three different spaces. Lindsey and her team of designers opened the space. Further, they eliminated unnecessary extra doorways for one spacious bathroom and adjoining closet. Per the client’s request, a steam shower, dual sink vanity and walk-in closet were delivered, but only in thanks to Lindsey’s creative planning. LBD worked with their custom cabinet maker to ensure each client had enough room for their items. The new design included a pull out hamper, a column for shoe racks, shelving that extends to the ceiling, ample drawers space and enough hanging for long and shorter items. To bring it all together, she carried the floor all the way into the closet and did the same stain from the bathroom and same hardware so it was very cohesive and flowed seamlessly. We are in awe of Lindsey’s vision to convert this 1980’s ranch into a bright and airy family home. For more of the LBD Portfolio, click here and follow along on Instagram here.


Stunning outdated 80's remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design

Stunning outdated 80's remodel by Lindsey Brooke Design




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