Caitlin Creates an Artist Retreat in the Hills

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Name: Caitlin Wylde
Location: Echo Park - Los Angeles, California
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 13 years

I fell in love with Caitlin's home immediately as I walked through the red and white striped entryway. With her collection of vintage finds from New England and ship decor I felt like I was on vacation in the East Coast.

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Caitlin's place is filled with her collections and her own art. When I was photographing the wonderful details, Caitlin asked if her collections have gotten out of hand. I told her definitely not; filling your home with furnishings that you love and that have a meaning is what makes a house a home. I have seen quite a few lovely homes in Los Angeles, but this one is very special — a real gem. I asked her to share how she found it:

"I found my house on the bulletin board in a little coffee shop called The Backdoor Bakery in Silverlake. When I went to see it for the first time, I walked in the door and knew it was my home.


The architect who built it in 1929 also originally lived in it and put some pretty special details throughout; the turreted entryway, the domed living room ceiling, the large leaded glass window in the studio, etc. It is truly a unique house.


This house has nurtured and inspired me. It is where I make my artwork, share meals with friends and listen to owls hooting in the pine trees outside my bedroom window at night. I feel grounded and at peace here. I feel so lucky to have found this magical house and called it home for 13 years."

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Natural world meets an old boat

Inspiration: Forest floor + flotsam + jestsam

Favorite Element: Its magical energy + domed living room ceiling

Biggest Challenge: Shoehorning the kitchen into a tiny weird space

What Friends Say: My friend Pietsie says it's like a naturalist's retreat

Biggest Embarrassment: The skunk that lived under my house for a few weeks.

Proudest DIY: Turning the backyard from a dirt pile to a little oasis in the city (thanks to great friends that helped).

Biggest Indulgence: A nice bottle of red wine on the deck.

Best Advice: Let things unfold organically + don't try to control everything.

Dream Source: Lapland + The Bedoins + anything Kathryn Bentley, Nickey Kehoe, Mohawk General Store, or Iko Iko

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Resources of Note:

APPLIANCES

  • Viking
  • Bosch

HARDWARE

FURNITURE

  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Flea Markets

ACCESSORIES

WINDOW TREATMENTS

  • Custom Roman Shades

BED

  • Matteo + Ikea

LIGHTING

  • Antique Chinese Vases
  • Noguchi Wikea Shade

PAINT

FLOORING

  • Hardwood
  • Painted Hardwood

RUGS & CARPETS

  • Moroccan
  • Navajo Rubs
  • Hooked Rugs (New England)

ARTWORK

  • Giovanni Jance
  • Eric Ernest Johnson
  • Tim Reid
  • Michael Reisman
  • My Own + Family (Mom, Dad, Grandpa)
  • Cecil Wylde
  • Elise Wylde
  • Stella Berkofsky
  • David Korty

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Thanks Caitlin!

Images: Marcia Prentice

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.

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