Dreamy 1950s Southern California Cottage

This dreamy 1950s Southern California cottage is barely 1100 square feet in size.

It was Raili and Ryan’s first home, but then the family grew and they moved to a bigger property.

However, they kept the cottage to rent out. And later, when they downsized, they moved back into it.

1950s Southern California Cottage Living Room:

This dreamy 1950's Southern California cottage has a living room with lots of natural light. A couch and chair surround the fireplace.

The cottage has lots of natural light flowing through the windows of the small but dreamy 1950s Southern California cottage.

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“I have always loved this house,” says Raili. “Even when I was so removed from it, I still had a six-inch-thick file of ideas.”

Kitchen In The California Cottage:

The kitchen has lots of natural light and a table with mismatched green chairs

A couple of wood chairs left as trash in an alleyway put Raili on the hunt for more mismatched pairs.

This gave the room a uniform look with a very California-appropriate avocado-toned green hue.

The Son’s Small Bedroom:

This dreamy 1950's Southern California cottage has a bedroom with striped bedding

In lieu of a traditional headboard in 18-year-old son Rees’s small room, Raili added warmth and texture with a plywood accent wall.

She lightly buffed it and then sealed it for a matte finish to give it durability.

The Whimsical Color Of The Clawfoot Tub:

A golden-yellow tub is a perfect touch in this small bathroom.

The bathroom has blue bi-fold doors that enclose a gold and white claw foot tub in this dreamy 1950s Southern California Cottage

When the bright blue bi-fold doors are flung open, bathers can soak with an open-air view of the backyard in this dreamy 1950s Southern California cottage.

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This dreamy 1950's Southern California cottage has an outdoor kitchen with a bar-height terrazzo counter

The ring of Raili’s triangle dinner bell beckons everyone to the indoor-outdoor bar-height terrazzo counter.

The counter also serves as the small kitchen’s workspace.

A Small Deck Outside This 1950s California Cottage:

The cottage deck has two Adirondack chairs with white cushions

Architect Eric Olsen suggested replacing the home’s existing stucco with horizontal cedar shiplap.

An Outdoor Shower:

This dreamy 1950s Southern California cottage has an outdoor shower with a bench and a portrait of a boxer.

The outdoor shower has a rustic bench and a vintage portrait of a boxer, a breed beloved by the family.

It’s the perfect place to clean up after being outdoors.

Dining Outdoors In A Dreamy Setting:

A grassy area has a table and chairs to dine outside of this dreamy 1950s Southern California Cottage

Raili re-created the dreamy ambiance of alfresco meals in the middle of a grassy field.

It is a wonderful place to dine and entertain family and friends.

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4 Comments

  1. I think my favorite part is the kitchen windows. I absolutely love how they open up and literally let the outside in! That’s wonderful!

  2. OMG what a dream cottage. I would love a cottage like this. Her kitchen is dreamy and those floors are gorgeous. Love what she did with the wallpaper on the ceiling in the bathroom. So cool. Ahhhh maybe in my next life lol!!!! Have a great weekend.

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