Inside The Scott Brothers' Biggest Reno Yet

First comes love, then comes…a gut renovation! An inside look at how Drew, Linda and Jonathan overhauled a historic L.A. house. Pick up the March 2018 issue of HGTV Magazine to see the full tour.

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Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

Photo By: David Tsay

The House

Buying and renovating a 97-year-old home while planning a wedding could put a relationship to the test — unless the groom-to-be has 400 home redos under his belt and a general contractor for a twin brother. For Drew Scott and fiancée Linda Phan, the trickiest part of putting down roots in L.A., a city both have always loved, was finding a house with tons of original character. “We ruled out any that had been updated,” says Drew.

They instantly knew this English Cotswold–style house was “the one” — oh, that mahogany front door! That Art Deco fireplace! And they saw only potential in the outdated elements, including a minuscule kitchen, old-time wallpaper and “shag carpet no one even wanted to touch,” says Drew. The three got to work knocking down walls, restoring and decorating, all while honoring the house’s age. “ ‘Don’t harm the charm’ was our motto,” says Linda. Now she and Drew have their forever place. As he says, “It feels like we’re on a honeymoon staycation — and the wedding hasn’t even happened yet!”

Living Room

A Linda-and-Drew style infusion resuscitated the once lifeless space. They painted the beige walls a pretty light gray and put in oak floors in a herringbone pattern. But they didn’t touch the fireplace’s Art Deco opening, “one of our favorite features in the house,” says Drew. They just nixed its plaster and brick surround for sleek white marble. Velvet furniture, including a gray sofa by Everly Quinn and kelly green armchairs by Mercer41, both from jossandmain.com, bring in color, and brass legs tie everything together. Can you spot the TV? “Finding a place where it wouldn’t overpower the room was a big debate,” says Drew, who wanted it to come down from the ceiling. The compromise: hanging one that looks like a mirror when turned off, by Samsung, above the mantel.

Master Bedroom

Built above the kitchen, this 14-foot-by-21-foot room is romantic without being girly, largely thanks to the rich walls…which almost didn’t happen. “Typically the guys do brighter bedrooms, so they weren’t sold when I picked this basically black color,” says Linda. It’s the same color as the kitchen island, but in a flatter finish. Once Drew saw how great it looked in the kitchen, he was in. Drew and Linda softened it with a brown velvet bed by Mercer41 and smoky gray drapes by Ruana Designs. The tall black dresser is by Cynthia Rowley.