Caitlin Creates an Artist Retreat in the Hills

Caitlin Creates an Artist Retreat in the Hills

Marcia Prentice
Nov 10, 2011

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:


  • Viking
  • Bosch



  • Grandparents
  • Parents
  • Flea Markets



  • Custom Roman Shades


  • Matteo + Ikea


  • Antique Chinese Vases
  • Noguchi Wikea Shade



  • Hardwood
  • Painted Hardwood


  • Moroccan
  • 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

Thanks Caitlin!

Images: Marcia Prentice

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