Before & After: A Dated LA House Becomes A Light & Airy Family Home

Why, hello there! I'm in Landskrona today filming and its BAKING (by Sweden standards at least) - but since the film is about natural light, it's all good! I can't wait to share the result with you soon. In the meantime, I thought I'd stop by to share the beautiful home of Molly Madfis. A perfect blend of amber, caramel, cream and white, Molly's style appears completely effortless. But just one glance at the before pictures and you'll see how much effort has gone into making this beautiful home.  Originally from Massachusetts, Molly is a work-at-home Mum and lives in LA with her husband Gideon, son Arlo and their three cats Bodhi, Lucy and Rocky. Molly frequently shares pictures of their home on instagram and her blog Almost Makes Perfect, so called because she feels she's never been able to do anything perfectly. When you see her home though, I'm sure you'll beg to differ! Enjoy the tour!

Sitting Room BEFORE
I couldn't find all the 'before' pictures for this house, but the ones I did find are proof that this home has been given one major refresh! Here's what the sitting room and entrance looked like before the renovation: 

Sitting room AFTER

Check out how deep that sofa from Interior Define is! I'd climb on, curl up and stay there all week if I could, fancy joining me?! 

Also seen: round cushion*, coffee table from cb2

Molly created the artwork over the dining table, and sells a similar print in her shop. 

Playroom BEFORE
This before picture shows how much they had to strip back in order to turn the house into the lovely family home it is today.

Playroom AFTER

Look at Arlo's cheeky grin - *heart melts*.

Someone's very proud of his room (and for good reason, too!).

Ikea cot,  mobile by electric sun creatives.

There are so many lovely things in Molly and Gideon's bedroom - but that Moroccan flatweave rug by Sarah Sherman Samuel (there's also a cushion* to match) and Odara throw have to be my favourites! 

I also spot a Sunset Vibes* print by Loulou Avenue. 

Bathroom BEFORE
Kind of dated, right?! 

Bathroom AFTER
Look closely and you'll see the new waaaay fresher bathroom has the same bones / layout as the original bathroom, but boy does it look different. And so pretty too with the lighter wood and hints of pink, don't you think?

Wall sconce from Triple Seven Home, handmade taps from Watermark Designs, sinks from Nood

I couldn't resist sharing a few pictures of the garden too, mainly because of the children's playhouse. I've never seen one like this before, have you? DIY idea perhaps? 

It's unbelievable how much inspiration can be taken from one home!

I hope you've got some ideas for your own home from this tour. 

Right, better get on with the filming (I need to concentrate, it's in Swedish - gulp!). 

Ha det fint! 


Photography: Molly Madfis / Almost Makes Perfect shared with kind permission
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  1. Would love to know where the bathroom wall cabinets are from. Thanks!

    1. I checked on instagram and the mirrored wall cabinets above the sink are from (a company who creates items from custom designs) and I wonder if the cabinets under the sink are the same?

  2. I wouldn't have been too upset with that 'before' bathroom. It really doesn't look all that bad.

    Overall, the house is nice, but too monochromatic for me. I like the pieces individually but it's missing something (again, for me).

    Sofa looks wonderful, but clearly designed for lounging, not sitting!

    1. Oooo, might have to beg to differ on this one, I find the new bathroom a major improvement, so lovely and fresh! Love to hear all kinds of opinions though, that's what makes the comment section so interesting - after all, home decorating is very personal. Thank you for sharing your thoughts :)

  3. Okay, wow! Only the exact space I would imagine if being described as "light and airy!" Love all the accents and those simple kitchen cabinets.

    1. Light and airy is a perfect description for this home. Happy to hear you love this tour as much as I do!

  4. An article of great value to us who work in the interior and empresa de pintura

  5. Hello! It’s so beautiful:) would you mind sharing your wall paint and trim colours


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