I will never forget the look on my mother’s face when we brought her to see the new house we had purchased, my beloved “Hideaway” in Woodland Hills, with its dark wood paneling, floral wallpapered walls, stale pink carpets and bullet hole through the living room window. Are you familiar with Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”? This house, a labor of love (and deep pockets) turned out to be a stunning, quirky and comfortable hillside home, where, most importantly, people felt the good energy.
Well, at the risk of horrifying my poor mother yet again, I am uploading the “before” shots of the new house as a reference of what was and a baseline for what will be another quirky, ramshackle chic city cottage. The “what is” does not daunt me for even one second. I know good bones when I see them. It’ll be fun to track the progress. Give me a month, and I’ll have this place ship shape.
Front of House
Apparently the house is a collection point for the neighborhood trash bins. Yeah…no! Have dutifully moved bins to the homes where they belong and hidden ours away behind the fence on the left. Now have a whole new piece of frontage to put a garden. In less than 5 mins! HA! A little tidying off of the porch, a shrub box along the length, couple hanging plants and done. Am thinking house might be a basic white. Hmmm.
Looking at the house, turn right and view of the city.
This is the main room. Bigger than it looks. Recessed lighting will drop in more light. Front door, typically, has a security gate, which will always be locked as front door will always be open. At least in warm weather. I can see Horatio now, sitting, looking out the gate for hours and hours and hours. The room has a window along with a wall skylights that provide ventilation and light. Easily will hold our furniture. Fireplace to the right. You can see the scale best in the photo with Stu & the leasing manager, Saxony. As you enter, you can see straight through to the kitchen – there is a small center wall providing 2 entrances into the kitchen.
Downstairs Guest Bedroom & Den
This room is next to the front main room – as you are facing the house, it is the window to the right. Initially thought this would be a dining room. Given not much guest privacy upstairs, seems a better idea to turn it into a guest bedroom. Very big. Bathroom downstairs makes is convenient and there are doors, always a good thing,
Just beneath the stairs, there is a little nook with another fireplace. Just before you enter the downstairs guest bedroom. Its not a huge space, but its a cozy space, and I can easily envision a big leather chair and fluffy rug, with tv and fire going. Could be really cute. Not sure if big enough, but can do something with it, I know.
This kitchen gives the term rustic a whole new meaning. It is not modern in any sense (with the exception of the drawer dishwasher and new stainless fridge we’re buying). Still, our stuff works well with rustic, and I can see it all come together. There’s room for our farm table in here, for sure. Possibly even our big dining room table. Its a good-sized room, for sure. Comes with this wooden cabinet and hutch – very cute (would like to paint white). Ceiling lined with strings of mini halogen lights which makes the room nice and bright (except that I notice only one is working in this photo – there should be two strings of 6 lights each).
Just beyond the kitchen is the backyard, accessible by bi-folding doors that open all the way up. So…seamless divide between kitchen and patio. I envision this to be our outdoor dining room and sitting area. There’s ample room for both. A little garden, high walls, mature plantings and separate pool lounging area make it a great party spot. Throw in a heat lamp and bang! you’re good to go in the colder months, as well.
There are skylights throughout the upstairs giving tons of light throughout the day. Stu says maybe quite warm upstairs, however all rooms have A/C, so that may be the saving grace. Particularly in the A-frame room, obviously once an attic, now I see as a really cool bedroom for Coop. I have great plans for this room. Of course, being a quirky house, it is accessed through what is now, our dressing room/walk-in closet. But there’s a door!
As you go up the stairs, which curve, you come to the landing. Straight ahead is the upstairs bathroom (the only one upstairs). A good size with a window facing out to the street. Easily put a window box out there. Hang a U at the top of the landing and you come to the master bedroom and another bedroom. Both have access to a balcony which overlooks the backyard.
From the landing you can also go up three steps into what is our closet/dressing room. A funky space to be sure. From this room you can both access the master bedroom along with Coop’s room. I have no idea what this must have been.
Master bedroom has super tall ceilings and a fan for air movement. It is a bit shadier than the landing so will stay cooler in the summer. Same with the guest room right next door, which also has its own balcony, in addition to sharing the master balcony. Not a lot of privacy for this room – good in a pinch, though. I see it as being my office primarily.
Laundry, typically, outside, just like my old house. Oh well!