Home Decorating Ideas From an Airy California Cottage

Inocencia Blewett

The Home Dining Room The light and airy dining room includes a reclaimed Douglas fir table from Cisco Home and clean-lined Room & Board leather chairs. A weathered metal medical cabinet serves as a help-yourself bar.  Living Room A bold chevron jute rug from West Elm defines the TV-watching area […]

The Home

Dining Room

The light and airy dining room includes a reclaimed Douglas fir table from Cisco Home and clean-lined Room & Board leather chairs. A weathered metal medical cabinet serves as a help-yourself bar. 

Living Room

A bold chevron jute rug from West Elm defines the TV-watching area of the living room. Leila snagged both the tufted sectional and the vintage glass-top coffee table at Living Room, one of her favorite local stores. The kilim-rug-covered lounge chair from Anthropologie was a smitten-at-first-sight purchase. “I bought it the instant I saw it,” she says. “I didn’t have any plans for it. I just had to have it.” The butterfly curtains are sewn from Les Indiennes fabric block-printed in India. 

Front Porch

Leila liked the celestial cutouts on the Craftsman door but not the transparent glass or the red stain applied by a previous homeowner. The solution: spray-on frost for the crescent moon and star and upbeat limoncello yellow paint (Mulholland Yellow by Benjamin Moore). The sky blue vinyl chair is from Potted in Los Feliz, CA.

Kitchen

Before the top-to-bottom rehab, the kitchen was a style mishmash, with an ancient stove and 1980s track lighting. For a timeless look, simple white cabinets were teamed with black soapstone countertops and a farmhouse sink. The vintage geometric-print Moroccan wool rug was bought on Etsy, and the ceiling fixtures are from Rejuvenation.  

Breakfast Nook

In the 11-foot-by-7 ½-foot breakfast area, a custom-built banquette with cubbies is a storage-rich space saver. Slim Anthropologie folding chairs and a compact 26 ½-inch-wide oak trestle table from Design Vidal don’t crowd the room. 

Master Bedroom

Leila’s big alteration to this room: replacing one large window with two smaller windows to give her an uninterrupted stretch of wall for the leather Cisco Home bed. Gauzy white IKEA curtains let in light while still providing privacy. The filigreed metal Moroccan nightstands are from Badia Design, and the capiz shell pendant is from Pottery Barn.  

Bathroom

Handcrafted cement floor tiles from Design Vidal bring color to the neutral bathroom, which was totally gutted. The claw-foot tub — “the only carryover from the original bathroom” — was relocated under a new window. Tiled wall niches hold toiletries and towels, and the crystal chandelier is from the 1940s.

Den

Removing the bottom two shelves of the bookcase made space for a custom daybed. Heaped with pillows that bring out the blue in the multi-hue World Market rug, “it’s cozy and an extra spot for an overnight guest,” says Leila. The walls are painted Wind Chime by Benjamin Moore, and the canary yellow wood mirror was a hand-me-down from a friend. The 1920s-style dropped-pan chandelier is from local lighting store Practical Props. 

Backyard

Painted the same happy yellow as the front door, the back door sets a playful tone for the patio. The teak Crate & Barrel sofa is 10 years old, but pattern-splashed Jonathan Adler and Lulu & Georgia all-weather pillows help camouflage its age. The outdoor rug is from Dash & Albert, and the woven-resin chairs are from Potted. 

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