This 1950s Los Angeles Cottage Looks Like It's Straight Out of a Storybook

Intricate wallpaper and handpicked fabrics give this home character and charm.

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Victoria Pearson

It’s prints charming when decorator Kristen Panitch designs the same 1950s cottage in Los Angeles twice in a row — this go-round for clients who fully embraced its story­book enchantment.

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Meet the Designer

Kristen Panitch, a native Angeleno, in her clients’ home.

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An ivy-draped portico and diamond window muntins are integral to the character of the 1950s Arts and Crafts-style house.

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Dining Room

Bold prints delightfully coexist in the dining room, where custom chairs in a floral pattern are surrounded by’s swirling wallpaper. Vintage pendants, . The curtains are in a tie-dyed linen by .

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Panitch collaborated with architect Tim Barber for the kitchen remodel. Refrigerator, . Range, Wolf. The custom stools are in a leather. Wall tile, . Reclaimed antique French-oak herringbone floors, .

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Living Room

When she isn’t covering an entire space with pattern, Panitch opts for white walls. The living room’s custom pieces include a sofa in a fabric and armchairs in a linen. Vintage coffee table, . Custom rug, . Paint, Swiss Coffee.

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Master Bedroom

The master bedroom combines English and Indian motifs. Roman shades in a linen-cotton blend by play off ’s more demure Sea Feather wallpaper. Panitch embellished the custom bed, covered in a linen, with brass buttons, which feel “less fussy” than upholstered ones. The bed is dressed with linens and a quilt and topped with a pillow in a vintage African textile from . The vintage table lamps and handwoven Indian throw are from . Sconces, .

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Powder Room

In the powder room, the sink and fixtures are by . Wallpaper, . Ceramic mirror, the Window.

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Guest Room

Panitch covered almost every surface in Isfahan, a paisley linen by . She took advantage of the fabric’s border design to create a sense of architecture on the ceiling. The table lamps were purchased at the Brimfield flea market.

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This story was originally published in the March 2018 issue of Miescisko.

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