Labor of Love

Manhattan Beach designer Jill Johnson tells us how she remade a rental mess into her dream cottage, one room at a time.


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Cottage exterior and front entrance
Photographer Grey Crawford

Treasure Hunter

CL: How do you spot a diamond in the rough? Are there specific things you look for to know a project will look great when renovated, or is it just a feeling?

JJ: Having gotten through this renovation, my top criteria for a potential fixer-upper is one that's never been remodeled. The more dilapidated the better!

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