Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SEE THIS HOUSE: SOUTHERN TRADITION & ECLECTIC CHARM IMPORTED INTO A CALIFORNIA BEACH COTTAGE!

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy
Yellow cottage with white trim and a grey door in Venice Beach, CA
This adorable Venice Beach Craftsman cottage is nestled behind a white picket fence and well manicured hedges. The exterior is painted a wonderful bright yellow color with white trim and a shiny grey door. (above)

Loving this quaint cute craftsman bungalow in Venice Beach, California. My good friend Charlotte Broussard lives here. Her warm and stylish design and decor touches make this house a wonderfully cozy and inviting home - filled with the perfect blend of traditional and eclectic treasures, vintage finds, cherished antiques and designer home furnishings.

By day, Charlotte is a veterinarian. She's saving lives of dog, birds, hamsters, other pets and cats every day(note...I put cats last because I am not huge cat fan). On nights and weekends, I consider Charlotte to be a design aficionado - a decor "natural". She's got the "it" factor when it comes to decorating a home. She knows design and decor through and through. (The other day we were at a design tour and I amused myself by quizzing Charlotte on architectural and design facts... she had answers to all the questions!)

Charlotte and her family are from Houston and originally from parts of Louisiana - true Southerners. She gets her love for design and her knack for structuring delightful spaces from her mother and grandmother...lots of inherited pieces of furniture and home accessories grace her home. She has such a good eye...I wonder if there is such a thing as a design gene or a design chromosome? (Huh...could be something to invent. Instead of Botox, people could go to their doctors for injections of design genes...not a bad idea...right?)

So, I have been threatening Charlotte for months that I would come by and photograph her place. I noticed a certain dread in her eye whenever she was having a party and she would see me whip out my camera - she knew at any moment I might srart doing an editorial "shoot". I think she, like all of my other victims, was a just a wee bit wary of me photographing her home for some strange design blog (I still do not like the word "blog"...makes me feel like a total geek with no life...hmmmmm...will stop now for fear that if I write about the way the word "blog" makes me feel, this will soon become my destiny...yikes!). So after months of hounding my friend the vet (pun intended), I think she finally thought the best thing to do would be to let me in with a camera...that way she could quiet the white noise of me constantly asking (errr pleading) to take pictures.

So thanks to Charlotte, I have another lovely SEE THIS HOUSE to share with you!

Grey Adirondack love seat with orange seat cushion on a front porch in Venice Beach, CA
A grey painted Adirondack love seat sits on the home's front porch...a great place to sun and sneak a peek at the interesting beach passersby. (above)


Close up of the orange floral accent pillows on a grey Adirondack love seat on the front porch of a cottage in Venice Beach, CA
Bright orange floral pillows! (above)

Sea foam living room with a sea grass rug, a brown sofa, patterned armchair and orange roller shades
Furniture is evenly and precisely spaced in the cottage's bright living room. Walls are painted one of Charlotte's favorite colors - seafoam blue.(above)

Brown sofa with turquoise piping and colorful accent pillows in a sea foam living room with striped orange roller shades
Turquoise blue piping and bright colored pillows brighten up a rich chocolate brown slipcovered sofa (above)


Bright orange throw with pompoms from Calyspo Home on a brown sofa with turquoise piping
A bright orange throw with pompoms from Calyspo Home adds a burst of color and bit of whimsy to the brown living room sofa. (above)


Two Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon pillows on a brown sofa with blue piping
Charlotte loves these decorative flange pillows that are covered in a 100% linen Asian inspired fabric - Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon - because of the bright colors and the dragon hidden in the design. (above)

Sea foam living room with dueling brown armchairs with white polkadots

Practical style is the order of the day when it comes to these living room armchairs. Charlotte owns two beagles, Maggie and Anabelle, who love to commandeer comfy seating. So, cleverly, Charlotte covered these armchairs in a chic dotted brown and white fabric that is a durable poly blend...it adds to the room's design but also makes the chairs extremely dog friendly! (above and below)

Close up of a brown armchair with white polka dots in a sea foam living room


Blue vase converted into a classic table lamp on a side table with brightly colored cover
Charlotte had a lighting "guy" transform two blue vases into classic looking table lamps. (above)


Two vintage orange kidney shaped decorative dishes
Jonathan Adler eat your heart out...Charlotte found these two cheery orange kidney shaped decorative dishes at a vintage sale for under $100. (above)

Antique wood dresser in a sea foam living
This wood antique tall four drawer dresser was imported to the Los Angeles area from Houston where Charlotte made this find at an antiques shop - it provides storage and more elegant classic style to the living room design. (above)


Metal key hole on a drawer on an antique dresser
Detail of the pressed metal key holes ornament on each drawer of the dresser. (above)

Two green wood topiaries and a two vintage floral storage boxes on an antique dresser
Two green wood topiaries are the perfect accent on the antique dresser. (above)

Close up of a green wood topiary

White built in bookshelf in a living room
A built-in bookshelf stores many of Charlotte's prized inherited accessories...and some books too! (above)


Antique stained dark wood dining set with a curved glass bottle holding plants


Antique stained dark wood dining set with a curved glass bottle holding plants
Charlotte brought this dark stained wood antique dining set from Houston - the perfect size table and chairs for this cottage size dining area! (above)


Close up of the carved details on an antique dark stained wood dining chair

Carved details in the chair spindles and the table legs make this antique dining table and chair combination particularly special. (above and below)

Close up of the carved details on an antique dark stained wood dining table


Flower shaped yellow Murano glass pendant light from Ponte Vecchio
Charlotte didn't have to go too far from home for this delightful lighting find...this adorable flower shaped yellow Murano glass pendant light comes from Ponte Vecchio on Montana Avenue right in Santa Monica, California. (above)


Rectangular stained glass window in a dining room
A bit of design that came with the house - a wonderful rectangular stained glass window overlooks the home's dining room. (above)

Gallery kitchen with striped runner and vintage accents
This is not your ordinary galley style kitchen...open shelves, a wonderful striped runner on the floor and lots of vintage decorative accents make this space the heart of the home. (above)


Striped rug in a gallery kitchen
The colorful striped rug draws guests and visitors into inviting cooking space.(above)


Antique strawberry McCoy jar
Charlotte's prize possession... a piece of real antique McCoy pottery - a lovely red jar in the shape of a strawberry. This brand of pottery was produced at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century here in the U.S. and the pieces are considered valuable collector's items.(above)


Gallery kitchen with open wood shelves holding antique finds and ceramic dishware
Open wood shelves make the kitchen feel larger than it is...and they also allow Charlotte to display many of her antique finds and ceramic dishware. (above)

Vintage mustard yellow hat box
Charlotte found this charming mustard yellow metal hat box on one of her trips to Europe. (above)

Vintage blue seltzer bottles
Charlotte started collecting these blue seltzer bottles when she lived in New York City. She found her first at a street fair in SOHO. Now her kitchen shelves play host to her impressive collection of these fantastic vintage glass pieces. (above)

Lush garden in Venice Beach, CA
Now, through the kitchen and out the back door, to Charlotte's favorite part of the house...her lush and well cared for garden (love the crushed gravel on the ground)! (above)


Deck with bright blue outdoor furniture at a cottage in Venice Beach, CA
Charlotte and friend CJ stand on the home's deck and admire the outdoor space and all of the amazing plants on a gorgeous California sunny day. (above)

Turquoise blue rattan dining set on a deck in Venice Beach, CA


A turquoise blue rattan dining set with a round table, a bench and two chairs, adds the perfect infusion of bold color to the deck space...a perfect place for a morning cup of coffee (or tea) or for dining alfresco. (above and below)

Turquoise blue rattan dining set on a deck in Venice Beach, CA

Close up of a turquoise blue rattan dining set

Accent pillows on a turquoise blue rattan dining set on a deck in Venice Beach, CA


Moroccan style metal lantern on a deck in Venice Beach, CA
Moroccan style metal lanterns hang from the deck and the trees...providing glowing warm light for nighttime entertaining. (above)


Outdoor chairs with bright accent pillows around a fire pit in a backyard in Venice Beach, CA
What would an outdoor space be without some great outdoor chairs surrounding a built-in fire pit? (above)

Close up of bright accent pillows on outdoor chairs in a backyard in Venice Beach, CA

Two beagles on a turquoise blue rattan bench in Venice Beach, CA
Charlotte's cute pooches Maggie and Anabelle strike stylish poses as they take a rest on the back deck.(above)


Charlotte Broussard in her designer garden in Venice Beach, CA
Charlotte Broussard at work in her designer garden. (above)


Charlotte! Thank you...thank you...thanks...and many thanks for letting me COCOCOZY about your fabulously styled home. I absolutely love it!

All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy

10 comments:

  1. OOOHHH WEEEEE......Oh Charlotte, what a nice little home you have created for yourself!!! Much better than how you discribed it.
    Thanks Coco for posting. I asked Charlotte many time to send some images of her nest, but none came.
    Charlotte definately has a lot of 'designer' potential!!
    Thanks to both of you.
    Ron ( the Netherlands)

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  2. Awesome post! Thank you for sharing this! Love the upholstery in the living room and the bright turquoise outdoor furniture... Really great.

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  3. Charlotte pays a lot of attention to detail--she's fabulous! Meanwhile, I'm sad my photos didn't make it in here. haha ;)

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  4. Love the entire place--your mix of color is fantastic. Speaking of, the orange stat burst pillow on the chocolate sofa--where would someone on the East Coast find one? :-) I've been on the hunt for that shade to update my turquoise/ chocolate sofa. If you don;t mind, can you send some info to "homedit@gmail.com"--million thanks!
    By the way, new to this blog and it's quickly becoming my favorite to check every day! Keep up the great work
    bb

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  5. Such a charming home :) I love the pops of bright color throughout.

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  6. Coco- (love the name!)

    What a darling cottage! Thanks for a peak!

    Have a great weekend!

    Michelle
    Zuniga Interiors

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  7. i've been looking every where for fabric inspired by Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon...do you have any idea where it was purchased or where I can find it?!?

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  8. any way to find out where the picture with the bright trees are from. the one hanging over one of the polka dot chairs. love it, need it, want it.

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  9. Hi Kay...I am so sorry. I do not know where to get knock off Chiang Mai. Maybe someone reading this will know????

    Hi Emily.
    I will ask Charlotte.

    xo
    Coco

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  10. Hi Emily,

    The art is from Texas artist/sculptor David Adickes.

    Hope this helps!

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