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our little canyon house

After living in the middle of Los Angeles for six years, we decided to move to one of the canyons outside the city. The commute is longer but the sunset hikes, mountain biking trails, falling asleep to owls, picking meyer lemons right off our own trees (3 of them!) and starting a vegetable garden has been such a beautiful addition to our lives. We were afraid no one would ever visit us out here but it’s actually become a retreat for our friends and family to get away from the city.

Decorating this little 1920’s gem has been a really fun project for me. Instead of running off to IKEA for furniture like I used to, we purchased some investment pieces (that weren’t too expensive!) that we can use for years to come. Some of the living room furniture is made from reclaimed wood and the 8’x10’ rug in our living room is made from recycled plastic bottles (from World Market). To give you a sense of what it looked like before, I posted some photos below of the house when we were looking at it.

before

This was our home when we were looking at it. The bed in the living room was for one of the workers while they fixed it up, that is not actually our bedroom ha.

after

Here are some recent photos I snapped of our home with the holiday decor. Fun fact: we had a spare den (middle photo above) so we created a music room and invite friends over to jam with us.