Thursday, 3 February 2011

Summer House in California

I had seen some of these photographs around in blogland before. I especially remember the one of the dining room with the word beach on the wall and thinking how I'd love to see the rest of the house... and by chance I found it, so here it is!
This 1904 summer house is in Venice, California. Susan Chevalier, a costume designer for TV commercials, renovated it mixing modern and country styles, creating a relaxing atmosphere.

Turquoise green items collected in Susan's travels add colour to the living room with dark oak floors and white denim slipcovers.

This is the photograph I had seen a couple of times before. A solid piece of butcher block from a supermarket propped on two sawhorses to form a dining table, unfinished and unlacquered. Plain water glasses serve as simple vases for flowers.

Susan's collection of Bauer and Pacific pottery.

Mostly matte McCoy sits behind glass in the living room, where a bench from a German beer hall serves as a coffee table. Its lines are echoed in the paddleboard resting on the beams. Five children's chairs from the Rose Bowl and Santa Monica swap were left the original green.

A tortoise shell given to her by a fisherman on Mustique rests on an antique director's chair outside the sunroom. Vintage cigarette ads from London complete the picture.

White subway tiles in the bathroom are bordered in a soft green 1930s reeded-tile trim.

Unusual decorating idea in Susan's bedroom. An old carnival sign hangs in above cubbyholes in a wire shelf she uses to display her Keds footwear.

In the kitchen, glass-fronted cabinets display colorful pottery. A great idea for someone who cooks a lot is the pot-filler faucet that swings out above the stove.

Peeling paint distinguishes a kitchen cupboard that Susan found. She gave it a back and then turned it into a repository for her research books. It takes up an entire bedroom wall.

Quilts on and behind a bed, and other soft textiles such as mosquito netting add layers of interest.

Susan's upstairs office is a room with a view — and a deck.

Photographs by John Coolidge.
All images and information from here.

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  1. My dear friend,
    Thank you so much for your comment on my post today!
    I just browsed into your latest posts! As always, very inspiring! I filed some of these pictures because to my work they are so inspirational!
    Thank you Kifus!
    PS Couldn't you maybe place the widget by googe 'Subscribe to my blog' on your blog. I would love to receive your posts by emails!!

  2. Hi Greet, how nice to have you around!

    I had "the subscribe to" widget but it was way down nearly at the bottom, so I moved it up so it's easier to find.

    Thanks for visiting!

  3. This is a lovely house. I love that dining table and those children's chairs are great too!


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