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03/28/2012 01:52 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Designer Vanessa de Vargas Gives A California Home Kid-Friendly Style (PHOTOS)

You'll never guess just by looking at Erin Ward's Venice, California, house that it was once a four-unit apartment building. And, transforming the multiple-room structure into the current loft-like space required major renovation. Walls were knocked down, ceilings were removed, and reclaimed wooden beams were incorporated over the course of two years. As soon as all the gutting was done, Erin brought in L.A.-based interior designer Vanessa De Vargas to outfit the new loft-like space with a family-friendly look. And, here's a sneak peek of the interior from our friends over at California Home + Design.

Photo by Teri Lyn Fisher, courtesy of California Home + Design

Erin, who has a young daughter, wanted the home to reflect her casual style, but also be kid-friendly. Vanessa avoided overcrowding the house with precious antiques, and instead reupholstered many of Erin's vintage pieces in playful colors. For instance, an ottoman in the living room was given a bold new look with bright blue fabric. Also noteworthy: a Saarinen Tulip table was shortened and turned into a drawing table in the playroom. "We just sliced a few inches off of the base, and it became the perfect drawing table for [her daughter] Sophie," says Vanessa.

To read the full article and see more interior images, head over to California Home + Design.

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