If decor is your porn, this is your blog.
I love these rooms. (Although I know, I know... everyone is over gourd lamps. Well, I'm not, but my vocal minority of anons definitely are.)
Love the entry. The mix of color and detail on the stair risers is really great. The inlaid chest in the other photo is a beauty!
I enjoyed this month's CL more than Domino...if that is saying anything......and by the way I just turned on my gourd lamp in order to write this post, so NO I'm not over them either.
I toured this house and it's gorgeous! Some of the design elements and decor are a bit overdone, but the Moorish style really works. The dining room is especially stunning with the pale pink walls (much lighter in person than in the photos) and the double height ceilings and latticework. The dining room furniture, however, was off putting to say the least. They should have used something simple like the Big Sur table from Crate and Barrel, instead of that green monstrosity.
Love, Love, Love everything about this house. I love how whimsical & interesting the design is. Hopefully this individual take on decorating is taking the place of Hollywood Regency. If I lived in LA I would hire Jackie Terrell to do my house.
The bathrooms were kind of lame, though, don't you think?
This certainly doesn't help your further your cause in support of gourd lamps, but I love them. Of course, I loved them before they were popular, too. They make me feel better about my body. ;)
I'm neutral on the gourd lamp, but only in white. I don't like the inlaid chests for some reason.
ME!! I am digging it!! I actually haven't entirely gotten over gourd lamps either... love these rooms!
This house is really beautiful inside but if you walk through this neighborhood you would see all these beautiful old 1920's homes that are on a completely different scale than this one. It basically is a Mc Mansion sized house for this lot and very manufactured looking from the outside. I wish cottage living would choose an authentic old cottage for their idea home next time because there are so many in L.A. Jackie Terrel did a fantastic job on this house though.
I actually haven't look at this month's, but I might have to pick it up - those rooms are gorg...I love how crisp and clean and bright everything is. Fun.
I wish cottage living would choose an authentic old cottage for their idea home next time because there are so many in L.A. YES. So agree with you and glad you mentioned it. They do feature a lot of "cottage communities" that seem kind of fake and plasticky. Drives me bananas. It's the one-off homes of real people that often seem so dear and real and not overdecorated. This is where they really succeed, I think.
I wish I could have toured this house in person. So many elements are really appealing to me. Good point brought up thought. I would LOVE to see a restored cottage done by them. The small non-showcase homes, the one-offs" as Decorno phrased it, are are usually the ones I always seem to adore the most.
Room #1 is a big yes.Not so sure about room #2. Like David, I can't get past the funky tables.
my subscription runs out with this issue, which I haven't even looked at yet.the homes they have been featuring do not fit the cottage category - unless you are a vanderbilt.I loved them when I moved into my 1200 sq foot cottage 3 years ago - now the kitchens they feature are the size of my house and I am OVER IT.I think that someone enjoying "this month's CL more than Domino" says it all
I love the tile on the stairs. Love, love, love.
Ack--I've not yet received my copy. I agree with anonymous 8:15 and decorno, though, about Cottage Living. All the "new and improved" cottages don't really excite me--they're kind of an oxymoron, really.
Yes, this house was truly beautiful and special I felt, but NOT a cottage. I've been to that neighborhood and this house is at least twice the size of any of those! I think CL is turning into Domino or elle decor - I love both, but don't call yourself 'COTTAGE living' if you're going to showcase BIG homes!
I love Cottage Living and I love this house. I agree the scale of these homes is not very cottage like but I think the decor and furnishings of most of the homes featured in it have a homey cozy quality that is missing in Domino or Elle Decor.
Long live the gourd lamp.
a cottage is a small simple house and these seem like more. gimme more cottages.
i also toured this house and HATED it. i felt like i could identify where every single item came from. whether it circa lighting, lee industries, oly studio...you get the idea. and come on, those ugly flor tiles in the entry...y'all really think those work in there? i will say the art was nice. and the moorish tile, but that is it. the drapes were catastrophic and the house itself was not special.
Anon 2:44 - regardless of your opinions on the furniture and flooring (i hate those flor tiles too) - you have to admit this house has some nice details that are unusual and not the normal cookie-cutter house by a developer. The ceiling beams, the different windows, the moorish details, that AWESOME 2 story dining room: These are special things! I tore the floor plans out (not the photos though) and put them in my idea file.
be the change-i actually thought the house had a ridiculously awkward layout - both inside and out. i didn't like it. i've lived in L.A. for 16 years and have seen so many houses that have made me swoon. this one didn't do it for me. sorry!Anon 2:44
sigh* I love them!
Love the bench in the entry..WANT it!
Idea Houses have to be "new construction" because the architects, designers, etc. all donate their time and the house gets put up for sale to recoup their time & money. So they couldn't really build a tiny 1,200 square foot house to sell in L.A.. The designer HAS to use the furniture, appliances, lighting,etc. that is donated by Lee Industries, Circa Lighting, etc. So with all of those restrictions I think the designer did a good job! But I agree, new construction is never as cozy as older homes - which CL does a good job of focusing on most of the time.
I have been to so many idea homes in L.A. that were old. House beautiful does a great job at this, and will incorporate more than one designer throughout the house.
In the master bath, I absolutely hate the cream painted cabinets against the white marble. That really looks like shit.
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