Location: Berkeley, California
Welcome to my mid-century rainbow bohemian cottage in the Berkeley hills! I've lived in the Bay Area for over fifteen years, and do a lot of hiking. When the opportunity came about to move a block away from some of my favorite trails, I was thrilled! The cottage is about 525 square feet, and sits behind the main house. It has a fun, artistic history as the potter's studio for the original owner of the property, who constructed it himself in the 1930s. There's still a little smokestack on the roof, where the old kiln used to be. I'm an interior designer, and love the idea that I'm continuing the creative energy for which the home was built.
The cottage gets great natural light and has gleaming hardwood floors, both of which were a must for me in my hunt. The kitchen is tiny but functional, and I created more storage by blocking the front door with a cart that holds my pots and pans, as well as serves as an additional prep and landing space. I use the bedroom door as my main entrance. I love that the white cabinets and walnut counter are a blank canvas, onto which I added beautiful, blue crackle ceramic knobs. The hardware is a detail that gets commented on frequently, and such an easy way to customize affordably. Despite its relatively small size, the cottage lends itself well to entertaining because of the open plan. I've hosted dinner parties for thirty with no problem!
As a designer, I'm exposed to and appreciate more design styles than I can count! That's great experience, but made it challenging to decide what to do in my own space. So I mashed it up! A mid-century rattan headboard and vintage dresser, rustic industrial shelving and patinated red metal dining chairs, 1970s Peruvian ottoman, Indian side table, and lots of handcrafted, one of a kind pieces all co-exist happily. I thrive on color, so I decided to go for it with the deep turquoise sofa, and layered in tons of textiles and vibrant art!
This home has been a true laboratory for me to explore my imagination. I'm thrilled with how it's come together!
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