in my dreams, i live here: a hollywood bungalow.


when i lived in los angeles, i used to fantasize about living up in beachwood canyon — a charming old hollywood neighborhood. in fact, it’s a hidden gem tucked up in the hills just beneath the hollywood sign, developed in the 1920’s and sometimes called Hollywoodland. it’s funky and feels quite european — the architects and landscapers who developed the enclave drew inspiration from the southern regions of France, Italy and Spain and it feels exactly like that. i imagine myself living in one of those cozy 1920’s spanish-looking bungalows, with arched doorways, and tiny verandas. in my dreams, i live in a hollywood bungalow.


the bedroom will have a very california bungalow feel, with colorful throw pillows and tall white stuccoed walls and interesting crown molding. i’ll keep it simple and spare to let the architecture of the room speak for itself. a mid-century dresser and just two bentwood chairs repurposed as nightstands and a mural on one wall of california palm trees.


the entrance to the apartment will be colorful and welcoming, with a bright coral door, and an open tiled entryway with bougainvillea growing wild in the sunshine streaming in from shuttered windows.



the living room will be painted bright white and sunny, too and i’ll decorate simply with mid-century modern furnishings and kilim rugs and pillows patterned in bright colors. a few desert cactus seem appropriate for the space, too.


i like the idea of keeping the dining room furnished quite simply and sparsely with a great hairpin leg dining table and drawing the eye to the large picture windows looking out to the small terrace. the kitchen, though i’m going to have fun with and keep it pretty eclectic and welcoming, with a mismatched bunch of chairs in the breakfast nook and pretty spanish tiles adorning the floors. just the kind of place you want to putter around it, whipping up fresh salsa and margaritas for friends stopping by for sunday dinner. yes, i could settle in here quite nicely!



• images in order of appearance: wallpaper minikani lab; dresser via hilda grahnat; bedroom via arkpad; orange door via eduardo romero; patio via mi casa; living room via milk magazine; fireplace mantel via coffeeklatch; bertoia chair via the marion house book; dining room via milk magazine; Kitchen design by Montse Esteva, Photos via Nuevo Estilo.

12 Responses to “in my dreams, i live here: a hollywood bungalow.”
  1. Ivy Lane says:

    I like how you dream! :)

  2. KJ says:

    That ribbed brick ceiling in the kitchen is destroying me with its gorgeousness. Great post!

  3. yes, i think this would be just perfect :)

    Molly {Dreams in HD}

  4. Cathy says:

    Really nice and Happy New Year.

  5. wow, i wouldn’t mind living in a fab hollywood bungalow myself — i’d even deal with that dreadful hollywood traffic (which is saying something, let me tell you).

  6. Sydney says:

    Love everything about these, all of them!


  7. maggie says:

    I live in LA now and this is what I aspire to! Such a weird but wonderful area of the city.

  8. Great post. To me good design is all about the layers and this bungalow is a perfect example.

  9. I love the black & white photo printed on the wall in the first photo!

  10. Polly says:

    LOVE the tiles in your kitchen! Gorgeous!

  11. Linzi says:

    How is the floor done with tile on wood in the kitchen?

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