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By Mackenzie Schmidt
May 10, 2017 01:28 PM
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Credit: Mike Rosenthal

“My problem is I change my mind every five weeks,” says celebrity hair guru Jen Atkin of her major home renovation.

“I’d be like, ‘Oh I want it to be totally minimal’ and then I’d be like, ‘Oh wait, I just traveled somewhere and I want it to be like Morocco now,” she tells archdigest.com.

Luckily, the first-time homeowner, whose clients include Chrissy Teigen, Olivia Culpo, and several Kardashians, has husband Mike Rosenthal, a director and photographer, to reel her in. “I don’t have an opinion until I really have an opinion,” Atkin says. “Mike really kept us on track with our original vision.”

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Credit: Mike Rosenthal

Of the inspiration for the home’s super modern styling, the maneaddicts.com founder admits, “We don’t have kids yet, so this is our last time to have an all-white Jetsons-type house. So we’re living it up.”

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Credit: Mike Rosenthal
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Credit: Mike Rosenthal

The overhaul involved reworking the floor plan, saving a collapsing ceiling and modernizing the midcentury updates that had been made to the original 100-year-old house.

“It’s just so hard because life is so chaotic,” Atkins says. “So when your living situation is chaos . . . I’ve got to tell you, I don’t cry ever, and I was definitely crying a lot in January.”

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But the pair prevailed by facing their renovation challenges head on — including going through 40 different flooring samples and living out of a storage unit while couch and hotel surfing — and now have their first “really nice house.”

As for those tears along the way? In hindsight, Atkins has a sunnier outlook on the process: “I feel like it was the universe making us really appreciate it.”

Read the full feature and see more before-and-after photos on archdigest.com.