A Blogger’s Cali Bungalow Is the Perfect Mix of Beach & Boho

updated Apr 30, 2019

A Blogger’s Cali Bungalow Is the Perfect Mix of Beach & Boho

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Megan Martinez and Caleb Light-Wills
Location: Santa Monica, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

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When Megan moved to Los Angeles seven years ago from New York, she didn’t feel like she was really home until she found what she now calls her, “Boho Beach Bungalow” two years ago. As a blogger and designer, Megan’s home became the perfect canvas to create the beachy vibe she longed for while living on the Westside of LA. She has a yard for her husky, Dakota, and plenty of space to cook, lounge and of course, decorate! She is constantly moving things around in her home, but for the most part, she and her boyfriend have chosen everything in their home together.

Megan says, “I’m a major foodie and love trying new restaurants in LA. The food scene out here is so incredible, there’s always a new spot that’s opening that’s worth a try. I also love to cook, and try to make at least one new recipe a week. Our neighborhood is great to bike around and one of my favorite things to do is bike to Abbot Kinney and hit some of my favorite restaurants (GTA, Gjusta) shops (Tortoise General Store, Burro, Venice Vintage Paradise) and coffee spots (Blue Bottle, Intelligentsia).”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Modern, California, boho

Inspiration: It’s everywhere! I love sites/publications like Domino, Rue Mag, Lonny, etc., and some designers that really give me a huge inspiration are Emily Henderson and Amber Lewis. Some of my favorite books I look through over and over are Styled, Domino, The Kinfolk Home. And then our neighborhood has so many wonderful shops that give me so much inspiration, like General Store and Midland Shop.

Favorite Element: Our yard. In California especially, having outdoor space means we can use it pretty much year-round. I love to come home after a long day at work and sit with a cocktail, listen to music and read a book outside.

Biggest Challenge: The size of the rooms. It’s an old house, so our bedroom and den are super tiny and it was a huge challenge to decorate. The built-in shelves in the dining room are also challenging to style — since they are corner shelves, my usual method of leaning artwork and stacking books vertically and horizontally as a base doesn’t really work here.

What Friends Say: “It’s so you,” and “I feel like I’ve been here from Instagram!”

Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen. Don’t look! On the one hand, I absolutely love our floor tile and vintage stove, but the rest of the kitchen is really an eyesore. The previous tenant had it painted red, and I’ve done my best by painting the cabinets white, but man, what I wouldn’t give for a farmhouse sink, some fresh countertops, literally any other white backsplash and some open shelving.

Proudest DIY: I’m not much of a DIYer, but I found our nightstands at a flea market and saved them from a life of shabby chic by painting them white. I love the clean look they have now and feel like they won’t go out of style.

Biggest Indulgence: The house itself — it’s really made us so happy to have our own house in a great area and to have outdoor space in California where you can use it year round. I can’t say I miss apartment living at all!

Best Advice: Take the time to create a space that’s a reflection of yourself. Collect things from your travels that will make you smile and remember your trips. Have patience, don’t just get everything from big box stores, go to flea markets, hunt on Craigslist and visit your favorite vintage stores. Choose pieces that are a combination of beauty, function, and meaning to truly let your personality shine through your home.

Dream Sources: Oh man, that’s a loaded question. So many! Parisian flea markets, Cisco Home, Rejuvenation, Lostine, Nickey Kehoe, Jenni Kayne, Design Within Reach, Shoppe by Amber Interiors…and so many more.


Benjamin Moore – Super White

Iceland Print – photo by me in Irvine frame by Framebridge – In 2016 we took a two-week road trip around Iceland and had such a wonderful time. This shot I took of Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is still one of my all-time favorites from the trip. Every time I look at it I’m reminded of our trip and it makes me smile!

Vintage Rattan Chair is from Venice Vintage Paradise. These chairs are hands down some of my favorite pieces we own. I move them from room to room and am always happy with the result. We found them at one of my absolute favorite vintage spots — if you visit tell them Bohobeachbungalow sent you!

Wood Block + Print – Artifact Uprising. One of my best friends gave me these prints and wood block for my birthday, and they are so special to me. I swap out the images all the time and love this little keepsake to remind me of all my travels.

Denim Plaid Woven Cotton Rug – Dash & Albert
Magnet Linen Pillow – Block Shop Textiles
Pleated Pillow Cover – West Elm
Rattan Coffee Table – Vintage found on Craigslist
Mid-Century Leather Show Wood Chair – West Elm
Cast Metal Steer Head Skull – Target
Plants and most pots – Venice Plants
Oliver Sleeper Sofa – Urban Outfitters
Siena Media Cabinet – Organic Modernism
Mud cloth floor pillows – The Wolf Nest
Grey Sheepskin – From Iceland
Ceramic Small Neck Vase – West Elm
Stone Match Striker – Love Adorned
Mid-Century Taper Candle Holders – Target
Big Horn Sheep Bookends – Target
Taper Candle Holder, Gold small – Target
Taper Candle Holder, Gold large – Target
Brass Ring Standing Vase – Roost
Antique Chair – thrifted in Santa Barbara at The Blue Door
Vintage Gold Magazine Rack – thrifted in Santa Barbara at The Blue Door
Retro Marble Camera – West Elm
Brass Bowl – Vintage
Light Black Polka Dot Pot – Group Partner
Kastor Vase – CB2

Sinngerlig Pendant lamp – Ikea
Woman in a Boat print – Artfully Walls
Grapefruit print – Etsy by Elizabeth Mayville
Mohala Tiki print – Kiana Mosley on Artfully Walls
Sleeping Bear Point Trail print – Artfully Walls
Look Down print – Minted
Los Angeles Map print – Minted
Bouquet 3 print – Etsy
Macrame Double Plant Holder – CB2
White Tabouret Stacking Chairs – Overstock
Teak Wood Dining Table – from Fab, but you can find similar at West Elm
Lohals rug – Ikea
Fishnet Woven Runner – West Elm
Turquoise Ceramic Bowl – Eric Bonnin
Seat cushions – H&M
Rens sheepskin throws – Ikea
Natural Leather Cabinet Handles – Etsy
Streamline Knob – Anthropologie
French Kitchen Marble Fruit Bowl – Crate and Barrel
Mid-Century Ceramics – Vintage, thrifted in Palm Springs
Vintage Wood Bowl – Venice Vintage Paradise
Brass glasses – Vintage
White Iron Wine Rack – Vintage
W&P Pineapple Shot Glasses – Sur La Table
Serving Tray, Gold – Target

Vintage wood bottle holder – Venice Vintage Paradise
Hario V60 Buono Kettle – Sur la Table
Chemex 8-Cup Coffee Maker – Crate & Barrel
French Press Wood Large – Hario
Rug – Vintage, thrifted

Washi Paper Pendant Lamp Shade – Diamond – Hayashi Kougei – Nalata Nalata
Curved Rattan Bed — Anthropologie
Swing Arm Brass Wall Sconce – CB2
Mirror Top Light Bulb – Urban Outfitters
Campaign Nightstand – Vintage
Linen Venice Set — Parachute
Navy Imperfect Plus Pillow Sham – Schoolhouse Electric
Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover – Pebble – West Elm
Llama Bookend — Target
Plant Series Monstera Deliciosa – By-Garmi
Cocos Nucifera – By-Garmi
Indigo Mudcloth Textile – Thrifted at the flea market
Flower Print – Elizabeth Mayville Etsy

Miniature baskets – Vintage – My grandparents live in Mississippi, and my grandmother is an antique/vintage junkie and has a booth at the local antique market. The last time I visited she gave me these tiny baskets and I fell in love with them. They’re small, but definitely one of my favorite things I own!

Church Drawing – I found this little hand drawn post card in Reykjavik, Iceland. If you’ve ever been to Iceland you’ll know that most churches resemble this little drawing and it’s a great reminder of our trip!

Vintage dresser – I found this at the Santa Monica flea market years ago at the very end of the day – the guy gave it to me for $100!

Molger Storage Stool — Ikea
Woodland Meadow Shower Curtain – Schoolhouse Electric
Bathmat – West Elm
Towels – Isleta El Espino

White Wire Larkin Molded Armchairs Set of 2 – World Market
Rattan Sofa – Vintage found on Craigslist
Round Outdoor Rug – Target
Box Frame Coffee Table, Raw Mango – West Elm
Mixte 3 Bike — Linus

Artisan Woven Rug — Joinery
Washi Paper Pendant Lamp Shade – Diamond – Hayashi Kougei – Nalata Nalata
Mudcloth Floor Pillow – The Wolf Nest
Yellow campaign desk – vintage, thrifted from Wertz Brothers
Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror – West Elm
Piazza Apartment Sofa in lindy snow – CB2
Live Edge Accent Table Brown – Threshold Target
Vintage Gold Trunk – thrifted in Palm Springs
Tiki Arc Spheres Floor Lamp – World Market
Decorative Tray Black – Threshold – Target
Peter Dunham Circles – Natural Curiosities
Morten Lamp – West Elm
Magnet Linen Pillow – Block Shop Textiles
Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover – Pebble – West Elm
Black Sheepskin – Iceland
Rope Knot Doorstop – Ilan Dei
Linework Vase – West Elm
Vintage Rattan Chair – Venice Vintage Paradise

Thanks, Megan!

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