See how a designer updated her home with fabric and paint—no reno required
When interior designer Jill Soderlund and her husband, Clark, bought their house in Manhattan Beach, California, it was a time capsule—and not in a good way. The home had been untouched ever since it was built in 1987. The draw? The place sat on two lots, while most spots in the town claim only one, and the floor plan included five bedrooms—meaning Sophia, 14, and twins Audrey and William, 11, could each have a private space. Soderlund immediately got to work. “I wanted to change...every finish. Every wall,” she says. “But none of that was structural, so it seemed like it would be easy to fix.” She was right. Her cosmetic updates turned the ode to the ’80s house into a casual, colorful family home.