Kathryn's Beach Breezes Home in Cali

Kathryn's Beach Breezes Home in Cali


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El Segundo, CA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
I LOVED this 90 yr old house the moment I walked in. With the textured white stucco walls & coved ceilings, it feels like living inside ocean foam. While small, the bulk of the square footage is used in the public rooms so the house feels bigger than it really is. I love all original elements that haven't been touched, like the large wood doors, baseboards & mahogany cabinets. I love the quality of light in this house-the tiny 2nd bedroom makes for a perfect art studio. I love that I can afford to be 2 blocks from the beach & feel the ocean breezes. I love how private the house feels even though it has glass in all doors & windows on most walls. I love the wacky mod-Morrocan tile that was used in the kitchen, bathroom & the dining room table. I even love the 60's chandelier in the dining room, which is the same one my parents had in our house growing up!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1-I have found that leaving pathways through this small house helps to make it feel larger and less cramped. My furniture placement may not be traditional but it works for this space.

2-Color stories help unify small spaces. While I use a lot of colors in my home, there are certain colors repeated in several rooms to unify the small home.

3-I get irrationally angry when I read advice to edit for a small space. To each his/her own! Small spaces can handle multilayered designs of color, texture and nick-knacks. Go with your gut! There is no failure, just another opportunity to design again!
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