Photographed by Nicole Franzen for Lonny.
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Be My Guest
Benz's key advice for anyone undergoing renovations? Be prepared!

"I made all sorts of floorplans and binders with inspiration, researched hardware and appliances, techniques and materials."

"It was so important to come up with a formula for each room — floor sanding, skim-coating, paint — so that there were less variables.  I guess it’s all my experience working with factories overseas — set up the system, approve it, and flush it through."