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Old House, New Tricks
Thomas J. Story

Old house, new tricks

Even from outside, Kerry Kane and David Scarpa’s house stands out. The 1940s American colonial revival feels almost exotic among the bungalows in Santa Monica. But the familiar white house with black shutters felt like the perfect place to raise their “Irish triplets”—5-year-old daughter Dahlia and 4-year-old twins Rex and Dean. 

Bold elements—graphic wallpaper, taxidermy, multicolor upholstery fabric—respect the home’s origins while feeling fresh enough to coexist with the modern pieces the couple already owned.

“We just went for it,” Kane says. “It’s definitely a huge departure from the way we had been living, but it’s eclectic and reflective of who we are.”

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