dream house: outdoor living.
by victoria comment


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vintage lounge chairs on craigslist.

now that my dream house is suddenly a reality, i’m really homing in on how i’d like to decorate it. it’s important for me to have the architecture reflected in the house’s decor aesthetic, so now, i’m much more clear on i the type of look i’d like to achieve. i wasn’t sure, for instance, if the house i bought might be spanish, or mid-century modern, or even a craftsman — all very common around this area of los angeles. and to tell you the truth, i’m not sure what you call my home’s type of architecture! it was built in 1953, and it’s got high, white beamed ceilings, and big picture windows, so it’s kind of a hybrid of mid-century modern meets california bungalow. i guess. i need to do more research on this! and i know i digress — but i guess i’m geeking out a little about actually owning a house! i keep telling lucy, “i got you a backyard!”, but i don’t think the beast gets it quite yet!

dream house: outdoor living / sfgirlbybay

kelly wearstler.

i do knowi’d like the backyard to be drought tolerant — it’s quite large, and built against a hillside with a patio below, and another one up top. so i’m planning on planting lots of succulents, rosemary, mexican sage, and lavender — so it will smell good, too! and i need a pergola for shade built, and possibly a deck. i’d like to furnish the backyard patio with a mix of vintage furniture. i’ve already got two wrought iron homecrest chairs, so something that will pair well with those, along with some kind of farm table and mix and match dining chairs. and some globe lights strung are a must. here’s some looks that are inspiring me right now.

dream house: outdoor living / sfgirlbybay

sunset magazine; jl designs; domaine home; and of hearth and home.

dream house: outdoor living / sfgirlbybay


dream house: outdoor living / sfgirlbybay

el mueble.

dream house: outdoor living / sfgirlbybay

giorgio possenti photography.

dream house: outdoor living / sfgirlbybay


dream house: outdoor living / sfgirlbybay

kelly wearstler; lauren conrad; thom filicia designs home adore; and femina.

16 responses to “dream house: outdoor living.”

  1. I’m beyond excited for you, moving back to LA, which is my hometown too. Wanted beginnings are the best, they hold so much promise. If I were you, I’d check out the Rose Bowl flea market, and the PCC flea market too. I’m waiting for your book to arrive, and can’t wait to dive into it :)

  2. I’m so excited for you! I bought my 1906 dream home last June, with all the other move in projects I missed the short window of good weather we have in Washington state and am just now starting to focus on the backyard, thanks for sharing your inspiration!

    …And on my wish list was windows my cat would enjoy, he hasn’t thanked me yet either.

  3. These are so gorgeous! I love your Dream House series. And can’t wait to see the dream become a reality!

  4. congratulations, victoria! your house sounds much like mine… built in 1953 and not quite ranch, not quite bungalow. we are also in the middle of a backyard renovation & a long farm table with cafe chairs is high on my list! can’t wait to see what you do, and i love this round up of photos! xo

  5. Congratulations again! I bought my 1923 bungalow/cottage last Fall in St Helens OR-near PDX. I’m 65 and must be a little crazy with the steep stairs and all-but I love it. Was picking out lighting fixtures before I closed! Have fun hitting the Flea markets and making it your own!

  6. the snow in our building’s backyard just melted a couple weeks ago and I am itching to get out there and clean it up. it’s very shade-y so not much grows, but this post has me feeling inspired to figure something out.

  7. Congratulations for finding (and owning) your dream house! :) I really like wooden patios with lots of plants. You can find lots of inspiring designs online.

  8. Please photos of the house as is! So that we can start to renovate and decorate vicariously!

  9. Congrats on buying your dream home! I wonder if it could be described as Cape Cod. It sounds like it might be. I know houses in Seattle that were made in the middle of the century, but not in a midcentury style are often considered to be Cape Cod.

  10. i dream of having a southern california house….your inspiration is amazing, and i’m just gonna live vicariously through you!

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