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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

An Artist's Home

Call me lazy if you want; I truly don't care, but I just haven't had the motivation to go out and photograph things lately. I've been more or less a slug. No matter. We can be slugs if we want at times. I have something coming up soon that will motivate me I think. In the mean time, you'll have to settle for scans from very old books I have.

This home is in Malibu and a famous actor and his painter wife live here. I absolutely love this home and what she's done with it. She's also a gardener so they have lush gardens to fill the home with blooms pretty much year round with the southern California climate. I know. We lived there for many years before moving to northern California and then to Idaho and retirement.

This side faces the ocean and has her gorgeous garden.

Looking out at the beautiful Pacific. I love having hydrangeas in my yard also. It's pretty hard to kill them! And that's what I need.

They have a wind break for the garden to help with the sand and wind. Her hubby doesn't particularly like the garden but you see who won that battle!

She has roses all over her house. Wouldn't that be wonderful to have them pretty much year round?

Her house seems more like a Country Shabby Chic home with all the antiques she has around it.

Just one of her living areas.

My blogging friend, Claudia, would love this idea I think since she has an older cottage with stairs in upstate New York.

I have always loved roses covered sofas but never had the desire to purchase one for myself. I prefer a plain sofa and accent it with patterned chairs. After all, how often do we change a sofa? They usually have to last for a long time. But this one is just gorgeous!

She and her hubby have an indoor hot tub so don't have to worry about the cold. I think it's very quaint

Their dining area.

Notice the magnificent doors and windows.

An antique playhouse someone once made for their little girl out of scraps of lumber.

I can't even imagine a bedroom like this with windows facing the Pacific Ocean.

Again, her roses inhabiting the whole house.

This is their formal living room.


  1. Loved the filled with light and beauty. Thanks for sharing. Susan

  2. beautiful home! Love the sofa. I wouldn't mind one like that! It is beautiful. Love the pictures.

  3. Hi there Connie :) Love this house ~ I think my favorite rooms are the bedroom and the formal living room. That rose covered sofa is beautiful, but I'm with you, I prefer a plain sofa so that you can dress it up with pretty pillows and change things out when the mood strikes....easier to change pillows than a whole sofa...and WAY cheaper :)

    Guess what? I'm going to be a.....Grandma!! Yup, found out this past Friday that our Daughter and SIL are expecting; she's due around September 3rd. Lord does that make me feel old, lol :) It still hasn't really "sunk in" yet...probably really won't until I see that belly of hers getting bigger :) It's all so exciting!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  4. Hi Connie! Happy New Year! Wow! What a home. Truly a dream home. Your blog is delightful, just like you!
    The Polka Dot Rose

  5. A beautiful home. I wouldn't like to say which room appealed the most but I'm with you on the sofa issue. By the way, I'm a slug, too, at the moment.

  6. Connie, I am a huge slug right now. I got shots in my back near my neck until they do another epidural on my neck. My neck needs surgery, but as long as the shots work, I am leaving it alone.
    Love all the pictures of a dream home and I like you would prefer a solid color sofa instead. Mine is brown with colored accents. Hubby won't let me turn the living room into a shabby chic one, so I respect him for that, since he needs a man cave as I have taken over the entire house with light colors. Hope you aren't snowed in like the other 49 states. We are the only one that didn't get snow, but we do get Cajun Snow which is sleet and freezing rain. It's very cold but no snow in the future. Keep warm dear friend. Love and hugs, Pat

  7. What an awesome home! Yes, the windows and doors and all the pretty scenery are what draw me in!! Who does it belong to?

    Angelic Accents

  8. Wow! Isn't that interesting... It's from a "very old book" and yet it's still PERFECT... surely not like looking at books from the 70's. Now, those were some really scary decorating times. :-)

    Love, love the floor. I'd love to do that here. I swear, one day I'm just going to rip up the carpet and go for it! I remember one of my high school friends having a black and white check floor and falling in love with it WAY back then.... a VERY long time ago.

    Years ago we went to visit a friend of the Hubbs' in San Francisco.... she lived in the upstairs flat and actually had vintage door stops all the way up. It's the only house I've ever taken pictures in... It was SOOOOO pretty. Her kitchen walls were raspberry and packed with vintage woodwork. I was in heaven.



  9. Mercy! Connie. This is awesome! I have a couch like that & love it ... tho not as bold. And, those breathtaking gardens, now that is my kind of paradise.

    TY for your sweet well wishes ... I'm slowly mending & unbruising.

    TTFN ~
    Hugs, Marydon

  10. It looks like a beautiful home Connie. That bedroom is close to perfect!!
    Thanks for the tour.

  11. Wow, that was like reading a romantic country magazine!! How beautiful. I have hydrangeas and they are gorgeous, and hard to kill, except I have a little brown on the top of mine as we had a freeze here in Orlando, but it will come back!


  12. Hi Connie, I can see why you love this house, it is beautiful and facing the ocean too! Doesn't get any better than that. I've seen that staircase before with the door stops, I love that look and would like to do that but boy do they go for a hefty price.
    Love your pink post this week!
    Love ya, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  13. Oh to have a home like that!


    I am in love with those door stops!!
    Yes, Claudia would love them!


  14. Dear Sweet Connie,
    Thank you so much for posting these delightful photos. I will be dreaming for days. Such a pleasant way to spend dreary winter days in our little corner of the world!

    Lots of love,
    Susan and Bentley

  15. I just had to come back to take another look! Now I want to do over my whole cottage in white with lots of florals. And those dollhouses! Can't wait to get mine built. Thanks again for this post.

    Lots of love from your Idaho friend,
    Susan and Bentley


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