in my dreams, i live here: a santa monica bungalow.
as i kid, we went to santa monica beach just about every weekend. whether the sun shined or the fog had rolled in, my dad insisted on the beach. i was more than okay with that, even on gray days. and as we drove there, i often fantasized about what it would be like to live in one of those cute little california bungalows off wilshire boulevard. their exteriors were always painted pastel shades of yellow, pale pinks and green, so i thought it might be fun today to imagine my very own interior of one of these cozy little cottages. i’ve decided on a kelly green, black and white theme with a dash of pink — something bright, cheery and a little bit modern to update the vintage space, starting with this sweet little enclosed porch, where i’ll no doubt doze and read after a long day down on the beach. ready? here’s the rest — in my dreams, i live here.
to add a really bold and modern punch to the vintage bungalow, i’m thinking this moroso bohemain sofa in bright green leather, Designed by Patricia Urquiola would be fabulous! i’ll add some pastel throw pillows to the mix, and a collection of cacti and succulents in sunny corner to keep things very ‘california’.
the kitchen i’ll share my collection of vintage paintings, and i’ll keep simple, light and airy — perfect for cooking up a big sunday meal for friends from my fresh finds at the santa monica farmer’s market. it’s always nice to barbecue, cook some fresh shucked corn and toss a big salad after a long day in the sun. shucking the corn and making the salad was always my job as a kid, and i still love the nostalgia i feel from that. a sunny dining room with a mismatched bunch of vintage chairs and a couple painted glossy green for good measure.
i love the idea of scoring an old ‘entrance’ sign to swap out with the plain old door to my bedroom — like this one from sarah sandidge, via designmom. fun, right? and finally, in the bedroom i’m going to embrace the vintage-modern vibe of the old bungalow — a green velvet tufted headboard with a vintage chandelier scored at the rose bowl flea and a mid-century modern xdresser and rattan chair against one wall painted a deep charcoal black for contrast. i’m pretty content here! how about you?