By Debra Prinzing
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Lara Spencer’s home: Made for the modern family

By Debra Prinzing
In this 2010 profile, TV personality Lara Spencer and her husband David Haffenreffer transform a 1960s Beverly Hills home destined for the wrecking ball into a glamorous Hollywood Regency style home for their family. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Six months of renovations behind them, the couple settled into a fresh mix of Hollywood Regency, midcentury modern and contemporary casual, all modified for family life. The house spoke largely through two original features: its metallic-flecked gray terrazzo floors and rotunda. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A cool platinum and white palette links the first floor rooms and plays off the refinished terrazzo floor. The living room’s pops of color come from acid green, aqua and fuchsia accessories, including an area rug from the Rug Co. and a pair of turquoise thrift store lamps.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
More pop comes in the form of art by Todd Goldman, a Los Angeles painter whose retro-cartoon canvases Spencer describes as “a little naughty.” The Goldman painting in the living room reads: “Gold digger: like a hooker, just smarter.” (Allen J. Schaben)
That light in the stairwell is a vintage Sputnik lamp from Room Service. Spencer says lighting is the “jewelry” that finishes a space -- “a fun way to make a big statement.” Among her other sources for authentic period lighting or retro-style reproductions: Interior Illusions and Blueprint. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Before the remodel: The split-level, 4,000-square-foot home had been destined for the wrecking ball, Spencer says. “It had been in and out of escrow three times during the year we were house-hunting, and the buyer before us was planning to rip it down.”  (Courtesy of Mitra Sisatar / Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills North)
After: a free-flowing space. New quartzite stone clads the original two-sided fireplace. With the partitions gone, the family room here is better connected to the living room. Much of the furniture, lighting and accessories are round, including a C-shaped sectional sofa.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Seen from the family room, the two-sided fireplace frames the living room on the other side. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Back in the living room in another “before” picture”: The old floor plan was closed off and the furnishings were traditional; a far cry from the newly remodeled space. (Mitra Sisatar / Coldwell Banker Beverly Hills North)
Today: This view looks back toward the rotunda, with the living room on the left, the family room in the foreground and the bar to the far right. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
As part of the bar’s renovations, Spencer wrapped the front with patterned mirrored panels found at a vintage shop in Palm Springs. A set of four chrome and white leather bar stools completes the space. The back wall was knocked out, connecting the living areas to the dining room. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
To glam up the dining room, Spencer playfully paired a vintage Eero Saarinen Tulip marble pedestal table with 1960s polished aluminum Russell Woodard patio chairs and Rose Bowl Flea Market ottomans that Lara had recovered in hot pink mohair.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Duff and Kate use the dining table for homework and playing at the computer. Spencer found the chandelier -- strings of glass balls -- at Interior Illusions. The mirror is from Z Gallerie. The 1960s chrome sconces on both sides are from (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Upstairs, the serene master suite carries a muted version of the first floor’s palette. The bedroom is on an elegantly- piped headboard upholstered in platinum gray.  (Allen J. Schaben)
Rooms for kids
Large-scale purple-and-white printed wallpaper adorns the walls of this five-year-old’s bedrooms. On the wall is a painting by Todd Goldman. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Rooms for kids
Duff, 7, has bunk beds and ... (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Rooms for kids
A dresser made from a repurposed bank of lockers. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Spencer found the faux bamboo chairs at a flea market and painted them chartreuse; the Russell Woodard outdoor table was scored off EBay. The couple worked with landscape designer Andrea Scharff to renovate their garden and pool area.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dogs Dandy and Harry walk with Spencer down floating steps leading to the fire pit. The lower patio is furnished with retro-style split-rattan chairs upholstered in a Trina Turk-designed indoor-outdoor fabric manufactured by Schumacher. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A lamp in the corner of the master bedroom glows at sunset. (Allen J. Schaben)