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 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!