A Bland Ranch House Transformed Into a Southwestern-Inspired Paradise

By Kristen Bateman

When designer Kirsten Blazek was looking for a home to settle down in, she decided on a ranch home in Pasadena, California. And while charming, the home—originally built in the 1950s in a midcentury-modern style—remained without updates ever since. It definitely needed a serious gut renovation.

Kirsten set out to create an entirely new space inspired by her travels to some of her favorite places in the world: Ojai, California, and the American Southwest. “Regarding Ojai, for those who haven’t been, it is not only a very beautiful place but it also feels very spiritual and is on land that feels ancient and sacred,” she explains. “I also love the old California architecture and the working ranch feeling that a lot of the original buildings have there.”

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