This wonderful home was featured in House Beautiful a few months ago and I have to say I thought it was a great renovation
Kelley and her actor husband Malcolm McDowell live here (some of the time) with their three little boys. I see them around town a lot and the next time I see Kelley....If I have the guts...I want to tell her how much I love her Ojai home!
It is a 1920s ranch house and somewhat small at 2800 square feet.
I believe it was originally designed by architect Austin Pierpont...but I might be wrong about that.
What I really enjoy about this house is the calm and casual look that it has but it's also really quirky and unique. Kelley and Malcolm McDowell are avid collectors of folk art and have had their LA home featured in Architectural Digest here.
I am now thinking about how I can use some red leather chairs somewhere...so interesting and sort of art deco maybe?
It's very old California. Nestled in the middle of a large orange orchard on the East end of the Ojai valley. The temperatures can be much hotter there for some reason, than where we are at in the old Arbolada area.
She really did such a wonderful job combining all sorts of different fabric types and textures. The Native American rugs are a perfect fit.
The rocks all came from the property and I can vouch for the fact that if you put a shovel in the ground here, you will hit a rock. We built our entire front wall almost entirely with rocks from the excavation during our landscaping project last summer. It's 280 feet long!
There is something in the brightness of the sun, the Oaks and the orchards in Ojai that allows for big colors..... And she used a Benjamin Moore primer for all of the white painted interiors, which I think is a great idea...it's a super white ...white!
The floors are a reclaimed wood with a pickled stain and they really make the rooms
The kitchen is really open and airy and I love the concrete counters. The chandelier looks almost French inspired but I love it here
Blow the bathroom with Ojai river rock floors and a unique metal shower door
Love that chandelier too
Pottery Barn did a photo shoot at this house a few months back and if you browse through the current catalog you can see glimpses of the house re-styled with PB stuff
Her use of Kilims, suzannis, old Mexican pottery and just plain good crusty painted antiques against the white back drop is so refreshing.
Kelley McDowell is my new muse for my little rancher in Ojai
I will keep you updated on my progress... : )
have a wonderful weekend
have a wonderful weekend