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Spring Transformations

Spring, Spring, Spring

It’s spring—the season to fling open the windows to fresh breezes and get down to some serious Marie Kondo-style clearing out of the cobwebs. Or maybe it’s time to really do a number on the old casa—we’re talking complete makeover. Here are some examples of homes that have done just that: radical down-to-the-studs transformations that dazzle the eye. Take a tour with us of these Cinderella properties.

Fort Lauderdale Fab

Built in 1925, this Key West-style charmer has been totally renovated to include hardwood floors, fireplace, hurricane impact windows, metal roof, and tropical backyard with saltwater pool.

Chicago Smarts

Breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and the city are the backdrop for this penthouse crafted in the former Montgomery Ward’s Observatory. A private rooftop deck, high ceilings, balconies, and deluxe finish out make this city home a stunner.

Sullivan Island’s Beach Gem

Steps away from the beach access path, this gracious Southern lady has been completely redone down to the studs. The 4,751 square foot includes open great room and dining area, a gourmet kitchen with attached den and additional fireplace. Sullivans Island is conveniently accessible to historic Charleston and the airport.

Vintage Martha’s Vineyard


Marvel at this meticulously restored 1870's Greek Revival: coffered ceilings, reclaimed knotted oak floors with Rubio finish, 12-zone Sonos® sound system, custom millwork, moldings, cabinetry and built-ins—plus gorgeous custom stone, marble and tile work throughout. Enjoy living in the heart of historic Edgartown Village with easy access to shops, restaurants, and beaches.

Brentwood Midcentury Makeover

This architectural gem offers a zen retreat with treetop views, light-bathed voluminous living spaces, vaulted ceilings, skylights, and Brazilian Walnut hardwood flooring. The custom kitchen is outfitted with state-of-the-art appliances, custom high-gloss cabinetry and a gorgeous Calcutta Supreme marble center island.




Libby Farris was previously VP Creative Services for Texas Monthly magazine and is now an Austin-based freelancer who writes about all things garden, home, and lifestyle. Her favorite Instagram accounts for design are @pigottsstore and @jeffreybilhuber. She believes any couch looks better with a dog sleeping on it.

Photos courtesy of Leverage
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