Studio City Ranch makeover
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Studio City Ranch makeover

Studio City Ranch makeover
In Sam Leiaghat’s family-friendly Studio City neighborhood, passers-by have no clue that behind the postwar façade of his 1941 ranch home lies a surprisingly sleek and sunny bachelor pad — complete with a Brunswick pool table in the living room. (Los Angeles Times)
Studio City Ranch makeover
The living room before. (Crisnet)
Studio City Ranch makeover
To give the interiors a more modern feel, Leiaghat removed the wall between the living room and den and covered the existing red brick fireplace with gray stucco. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Studio City ranch makeover
Contemporary accessories from CB2 mix with vintage glass and art.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Studio City Ranch makeover
The dining room before.  (Redfin)
Studio City Ranch makeover
In the dining room, Leiaghat kept the room’s original wainscotting, painted the walls a vibrant blue and white, and added modern furnishings. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Studio City Ranch makeover
The library and den, located behind the family room, before it was redone. (Crisnet)
Studio City Ranch makeover
The opposite view. (Crisnet)
Studio City ranch makeover
Leiaghat removed the paneling and bookshelves from the library in an effort to open up the interiors and bring in more light. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Studio City Ranch makeover
The modern interiors are a sharp contrast to the home’s traditional storybook ranch exterior, which features a porch, a swing, a red brick-lined pathway and diamond pane windows. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Studio City ranch makeover
The master bedroom.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Studio City Ranch makeover
“It wouldn’t make sense for me to buy a ready-made house,” says Sam Leiaghat. “I found a gem in the middle of Studio City.” (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Studio City Ranch makeover
The kitchen before it was redone. (Crisnet)
Studio City Ranch makeover
In the galley kitchen, Leiaghat preserved the windows and charming Spanish floor tile and removed the appliances and shelving. “I wanted to make it clean and easy and user--friendly,” he says of the kitchen. True to his love of vintage, Sam uses an antique dining table as a kitchen island.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
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The back yard before. (Crisnet)
Studio City Ranch makeover
The backyard before. (Crisnet)
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The backyard today.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Studio City ranch makeover
The traditional exterior of Sam Leiaghat’s 1941 Studio City home contains an updated and open sanctuary mixing vintage and modern styles. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Studio City makeover
A vintage record player adds some charm to the dining room.  (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
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