All for Love

For Sam and Celeste Liversidge, the story of buying and remodeling a 1920s Mediterranean house was punctuated with drama, detours and a lot of luck.

Mary Jo Bowling
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    Seeing the Potential
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    Sam and Celeste Liversidge—both lawyers—bought this suburban Altadena home after deciding they wanted a larger home to raise their children. At the time the couple purchased the home, it had hardly been updated since it was constructed in 1922. "To be honest, it wasn't in good shape. It was a bit of a disaster," says Celeste. "But I saw its potential from the very start. It was magic."

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    Taking a Chance
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    Sam and Celeste spent three years and several hundreds of thousands of dollars renovating the house. After a chance meeting, they decided to work with designer Tamara Kaye-Honey to bring the home to life. The living room is accessorized with 1960s-era Italian ceramics and glass, a gigantic Capiz- shell spherical of a light fixture and the contemporary Italian prints the couple collects.

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    Lay it Out
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    Table behind sofa: vintage, House of Honey, Pasadena.

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    Center Focus
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    Coffee table: Baker, LA.

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    Playful Prints
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    From the opposite side of the room, you can get a sense of how grand the space is.  Paint color: “China White,” Benjamin Moore; Trim color: “Black,” Benjamin Moore; Rug: Stark, LA.

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    The View from Above
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    In the balcony, to keep the room from feeling too serious, Kaye-Honey created a window seat and backed bookshelves backed with a Fornasetti wallpaper printed with images of rows and stacks of books.

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    Side by Side
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    Black frame armchairs: Baker, LA; Fabric on black armchairs: “Icon,” Lulu DK, LA.

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    Artistic Pops
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    Red frame armchairs: vintage, House of Honey, Pasadena; Fabric on red armchairs: “Belgian Linen,” Calvin Fabrics, Donghia, LA; Pedestal table between red armchairs: vintage, Pasadena Antiques Center, Pasadena; Vase on pedestal table: Ricardo Ramirez; Painting between red chairs: Kim McCarty, LA.

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    Press Play
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    In another playful moment, the adjacent media room—where the family takes a seat on the long, remade Victorian-era sofa to watch television—one wall panel is covered in a photographic wallpaper printed with a photograph depicting people watching a performance from box seats at the Vienna Opera House.

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    Full House
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

    Wallpaper: “Fuoco,” Trove Wallcoverings, Holly Hunt Los Angeles, LA; Paint and trim color: custom, Benjamin Moore Sconces: “Double Twist,” Eric Cohler, Circa Lighting.

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    A Horse is a Horse
    Designed by Tamara Kaye-Honey

     Icelandic shearling rug: Stark, LA; Coffee table, armchairs and ottoman: vintage, House of Honey.

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