The song that looped in my head while admiring this California project was The Mamas and the Papas’ “Twelve Thirty.” That was inspired by LA’s Laurel Canyon in the 1960s, and this redone bungalow is in Topanga, but still: Both evoke for me laid-back, retro California summer.
The bungalow is the work of LA-based designer Tamar Barnoon, whom we’ve gotten to know over the past few years as a stylist, a set designer for film, and, most recently, a designer of furniture and objects (see her work via Made in California: A Curated Collection of Handmade Furniture from Honeyed Figs). Of this project, she writes: “My minimalist client found this wonderful 1800-square-foot Topanga home, tucked away in the trees. It had been expanded over the years from a small cabin but had been done in pieces, and the work left it feeling disjointed.”
Tamar’s approach, she says, was to “strip the house back to its warm cabin roots, embracing the handmade feel of the original structure and its relationship to nature.” The result is a cabin that’s snug but airy, rustic but minimal, with plenty of warm wood detailing and generous doors that open to the garden.
Take a walk through (and scroll down for some glimpses of the dark space before).
Above: Simple summer details. Of the cloth, Tamar writes: “I bought this fabric a few years back and kept some in my kit because it was just so, so lovely. This curtain was made from one of these pieces I saved.”Above: Unobtrusive cabinet cut-outs in the bathroom vanity (left) and custom linen storage (right).
Take a look at a few more projects by Tamar Barnoon: