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.
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."
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
Resources of Note:
- Flea Markets
- Antique Chinese Vases
- Noguchi Wikea Shade
- Painted Hardwood
RUGS & CARPETS
- Navajo Rubs
- Hooked Rugs (New England)
- Giovanni Jance
- Eric Ernest Johnson
- Tim Reid
- Michael Reisman
- My Own + Family (Mom, Dad, Grandpa)
- Cecil Wylde
- Elise Wylde
- Stella Berkofsky
- David Korty
Images: Marcia Prentice
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