A Small 1970s California Rental Cabin is Bohemian, Woodsy, and Completely Wonderful

A Small 1970s California Rental Cabin is Bohemian, Woodsy, and Completely Wonderful

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Name: Beatrice, Dalton, and Darby (the blue eyed rescued Jindo)
Location: Topanga Canyon, California
Size: 700 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, renting

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Living in this ’70s wood and glass cottage nestled in Topanga Canyon has been a dream for me and my boyfriend, Dalton. While Dalton is cruising through the canyon on his motorcycle or mountain biking one of the many trails accessible from our backdoor, you can likely find me on our deck with my French press listening to the Talking Heads. While at the cottage, you can really feel the energetic legacy of the Canyon Rock movement that happened around the time the house was built; the band Spirit lived on the property in that era and it is rumored that Neil Young once lived here as well.

This cottage is a mix of all things old and new, be it a family heirloom or a good ol’ Home Depot find. As a young couple looking to rent, one of the biggest challenges we faced was finding a landlord who was accepting of our love to entertain. Fast forward two years—many barbecues and hot toddy tea parties later—you could say that things worked themselves out.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: is always evolving.

Inspiration: When I see it, I know it!

Favorite: The view and natural light. The large open windows. The surrounding indoor and outdoor greenery.

Biggest Challenge: Lighting. The living room space was especially dark after the sun went down and since there were no existing jboxes (junction boxes), measures had to be taken. We modified two hardwired globe pendants to be plug-ins, and hung them from hooks in the ceiling. With the use of translucent wire, the wood beams, and the artwork on the walls, we were able conceal the wires.

Proudest DIY: The front door is essentially a very large window so we decided to hang a door drape for some added privacy. I used burlap yardage for the front panel, a striped linen for the back, and remnants of an heirloom Victorian crazy quilt I had stashed away for the bottom band. I sourced vintage mix and match wood curtain rings to use on a copper pipe rod with mixed metal brackets, and voila!

Biggest Indulgence: The sofa, which also ended up being my least favorite thing in the house. Go figure!

Best Advice: Mix it up!



  • Copper Rod + Brackets for door drape — Home Depot
  • Vintage Wood Rings — Ebay
  • Rug — Rosebowl Flea Market Vintage
  • Wood Accordion Coat Rack — Etsy


  • Heirloom Table
  • Armoire — Topanga Estate Sale
  • Metal + Iron Side Table — Craigslist
  • Beaded Pendant — My Moms Attic
  • Mirror — Santa Monica Airport Flea Market


  • Custom Sofa
  • Pillows — Shoppe Amber Interiors
  • Vintage Live Edge Coffee Table — LoveSeat
  • Vintage Live Edge Side Table — Rebound
  • Vintage Beveled Globe Pendant — Rebound
  • Clear Big Globe Light — Triple Seven Home


  • Vintage Beaded Chandelier — My Moms Attic
  • Mix & Match Spindle Back Chairs — Etsy, yard sales and LoveSeat


  • Boudreaux Sconce above sink — Home Depot
  • Tea Kettle — HomeGoods
  • Antique French Enamel Bread Tin — Agoura Antique Mart
  • Vintage Ceramic Utensil Holder — Agoura Antique Mart
  • Rustic Towel — Shoppe Amber Interiors
  • Brass Pepper Mill — Shoppe Amber Interiors


  • Cultiver Linen Olive Duvet — Shoppe Amber Interiors
  • Wool Blanket Grey & White Stripes With Tassels — Shoppe Amber Interiors
  • Mid Century Dresser — LoveSeat
  • Elkins Sconce by Visual Comfort — Hye Lighting


  • Tall Woven Hamper — West Elm
  • Basket Light — CB2

Thanks Beatrice!

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