Living room with restored wall paper and fireplace
Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Uncovering the Past

At first glance, the pink stucco bungalow didn't appeal to Los Angeles residents Murray and Mary Beth Cohen, but upon closer inspection the couple recognized its hidden potential. The original bones were in good shape and the style and feel seemed right to them. "It had a terrific vibe, a purist quality to its craftsmanship," says Murray. So they worked to uncover what had once been, and restore the home to it's 1911 splendor.

Among their initial discoveries was the hammered-copper fireplace hood with the raised-relief Tree of Life, which was left untouched to protect its timeworn patina.
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