Most home transformation articles begin like a horror story, something along the lines of: “It was dark, dank and dreary…” But the tale of how Los Angeles architect Linda Taalman remodeled a 2,000-square-foot midcentury home has a more upbeat beginning. The house, located in the Los Feliz neighborhood, was carefully considered when it was built in the 1950s. Only two families have lived there, and both have loved and cared for it. But nothing lasts forever, and the materials were simply worn out. Since she had something good to begin with, and because the budget wasn’t limitless, the architect relied on color and texture when reimagining the home.