Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY TORI YOUNGBAUER

See how a ne­glected bun­ga­low is trans­formed into a charm­ing, retro haven with a curb ap­peal boost.

A de­signer re­vamps a derelict bun­ga­low into a charm­ing,

retro re­treat.

COURT­YARD CURB AP­PEAL. Ju­lia Chas­man gave this Span­ish bun­ga­low some much-needed curb ap­peal, with de­com­posed gran­ite, a fresh paint job with bright ac­cent col­ors and a Span­ish-style foun­tain she de­signed her­self. The foun­tain is now a fo­cal point that can be en­joyed from inside or out­side the home.

When you come across a ne­glected home, do you see an eye­sore on the street or a di­a­mond in the rough? For de­signer Ju­lia Chas­man, old homes speak to her and in­spire her to re­vive them with retro el­e­gance and vin­tage charm. When she stum­bled across a run­down Span­ish bun­ga­low in Ea­gle Rock, Cal­i­for­nia, she knew that she wanted to re­store the home to its for­mer glory and pass it along to new home­own­ers. “When I saw this place it was very sad look­ing, but I saw the po­ten­tial in what it could be,” Ju­lia says. She bought the home and poured her heart and soul into restor­ing the en­tirety of the prop­erty, leaving noth­ing un­touched.


With all the care and at­ten­tion to de­tail Ju­lia puts into her restora­tions, sim­ply call­ing her a house flip­per wouldn’t do her work jus­tice. Once the restoration was com­pleted, Ju­lia staged the house us­ing items from her per­sonal col­lec­tion of vin­tage furniture and ac­ces­sories. “My style and taste in decor is drawn from mul­ti­ple in­flu­ences. Like most de­sign­ers, I like to mix high-low if

I can. This is re­flected in the qual­ity of the fur­nish­ings and in the art­work,” Ju­lia says.

Her de­sign style mixes vin­tage and an­tique finds with mod­ern floor plans and bright col­ors. “I take great plea­sure in the mix—and the hunt—to find things for free,” she adds. “I found the brightly col­ored guest-bed­room chair in the street and painted it my­self with four coats of Far­row & Ball’s Blazer in high gloss. Then I re­cov­ered the seat with the same hon­ey­comb-pat­tern fab­ric that’s on the up­hol­stered chair in the liv­ing room.”

The high-low ap­proach is also, of course, bud­get friendly. “Light­ing is a great place to mix. The liv­ing room has a very good piece of English sun­set glass on the ceil­ing fix­ture and hand­made wrought-iron sconces with an­tique mica shades above the fire­place, but I used Home De­pot School­house globes in the hall­way, and a mix in the kitchen of in­ex­pen­sive fac­tory-style pen­dants over the is­land and a good School­house Elec­tric re­pro­duc­tion pen­dant over the sink. The coun­try chan­de­lier in the din­ing room is from World Mar­ket.”

“I en­joy shar­ing my vi­sion with oth­ers, and I want to show off the home as I see fit,” Ju­lia says. “It’s bit­ter­sweet to sell a home that I’ve poured so much into, but be­ing so emo­tion­ally in­volved makes the ex­pe­ri­ence more re­ward­ing.”

MIS­SION STATE­MENT. The din­ing room ta­ble is a new piece that has a vin­tage feel­ing to it. The dis­tressed wood com­ple­ments the revamped oak floor­ing and pairs well with the dark-brown trim used around the win­dows of the home. The room is tied to­gether with faux-vin­tage light­ing fix­tures, rugs and wall ac­ces­sories.

She bought the home and poured her heart and

soul into restor­ing the en­tirety of the prop­erty,

leaving noth­ing un­touched.

|RIGHT| CEN­TER STAGE. The orig­i­nal liv­ing room win­dow re­mains a fo­cal point of this space. It looks out on the plants liv­ing in the newly re­designed front yard and the brand new Span­ish-style foun­tain. Ju­lia stripped off lay­ers of vinyl tile in ev­ery room to re­veal the orig­i­nal oak floor­ing un­der­neath.

|BOT­TOM LEFT| COLOR ME VIN­TAGE. The mix­ing of old and new is one of Ju­lia’s fa­vorite as­pects of in­te­rior de­sign. Here she in­cor­po­rated a turquoise desk that brings in a pop of color. The desk is paired with a chair she found on the street, which she re­painted and re­uphol­stered her­self. The desk ac­ces­sories in­clude a mid­cen­tury lamp, a vin­tage Royal type­writer found at an es­tate sale and pieces from Ju­lia’s needle­point col­lec­tion.

|BOT­TOM RIGHT| BLEND IT IN. “Mod­ern dé­cor is all about mix­ing,” says Ju­lia. She com­bines this mid­cen­tury Lane dresser with ac­ces­sories from her per­sonal col­lec­tion. “I try to mix high-low if I can.” Tak­ing ex­pen­sive pieces and mix­ing them to­gether with in­ex­pen­sive flea-mar­ket finds is a great way to bring retro style to your home.

GEM OF A KITCHEN. One of the big­gest trans­for­ma­tions to take place in this home was the ren­o­va­tion of the kitchen. Ju­lia took down walls that sep­a­rated a break­fast nook, din­ing room and gal­ley kitchen and opened it all up into one large space. The pipes were re­ar­ranged and win­dows were moved to bet­ter suit the space. The rich sage green and deep reds bring warmth to this newly re­mod­eled room.

COOL, CALM AND COL­LECTED. The sage green used for the cus­tom cab­i­netry brings a cheer­ful feel­ing to the space. Adding more stor­age in the kitchen ex­panded the kitchen sig­nif­i­cantly, and makes the room bright and spa­cious.

|BOT­TOM LEFT| HEART OF ART. Of the many vin­tage pieces from her per­sonal col­lec­tion, this poster brought back from France is one of Ju­lia’s fa­vorites. The color scheme fits per­fectly with the space she de­signed, and the sub­ject mat­ter seemed ideal for kitchen dé­cor.

|BOT­TOM RIGHT| RETRO RE­VIVAL. The in­clu­sion of this 1952 O’Keefe and Mer­ritt stove brings a vin­tage charm to the kitchen. The stove was re­stored and reglazed to make it look brand new. The white sub­way tile and pol­ished chrome ac­cents pair well with the greens used through­out the kitchen.


Ju­lia takes spe­cial care of the homes she de­cides to re­store, and she un­der­stands the chal­lenges of tak­ing on older prop­er­ties. “First and fore­most, a home needs to be func­tional as well as liv­able,” Ju­lia says. She took this idea to heart by tear­ing down a few walls to cre­ate a more open and mod­ern flow, re­plac­ing the elec­tri­cal sys­tem and re­ar­rang­ing pipes. She made some great ad­di­tions in­clud­ing a 1920s-in­spired sec­ond bath­room that wasn’t there be­fore and a pa­tio out­side the master suite. “You can have vin­tage charm and style with mod­ern con­ve­niences,” Ju­lia states.

Her ad­di­tions re­flect the age of the bun­ga­low, and ev­ery de­ci­sion is made with the house in mind. “I usu­ally just go with my gut on projects like th­ese,” she says. “I try not to worry too much or sec­ond guess my­self.”


For Ju­lia, restor­ing homes is a la­bor of love and is much more than search­ing for a re­turn in­vest­ment. “Not ev­ery­one wants a vin­tage-style home, and that’s okay,” Ju­lia says. Her in­clu­sion of clas­sic el­e­ments stays true to the home’s his­tory, and as she moves on to new projects, she feels how re­ward­ing the process can be. “I be­lieve my houses at­tract the buy­ers they are meant to. There are enough peo­ple out there who ap­pre­ci­ate what I do and re­spond to the home the way I do, with love and admiration.”

COLORING CHARM. Bright pops of color are shown through orig­i­nal art­work, painted furniture and a new rug to tie ev­ery­thing to­gether. Fresh flow­ers com­plete the dé­cor on this dis­tressed cab­i­net and are one more way the in­te­rior is tied with the out­doors.

QUAINT SPA­CES. An an­tique tile-topped book rack com­bined with Bent­wood wall-mounted coat hooks im­bue the en­try­way with pe­riod charm.

EASY LIV­ING. This liv­ing room is light and wel­com­ing and in­spires any­one who walks through the door. Ju­lia fills the space with her own col­lec­tion of furniture, in­clud­ing an English sun­set-glass light fix­ture, a Pi­casso ce­ramic vase on the cof­fee ta­ble and vin­tage up­hol­stered chairs.

|LEFT| COM­MON THREADS. Ju­lia in­cor­po­rated the same tile used in the liv­ing room into the kitchen back­splash. The orig­i­nal win­dows were re­fin­ished, and a vin­tage stained glass panel was in­serted where there was once a cab­i­net. This adds a unique fo­cal point above the sink and looks like it was meant to be in the home all along.

“My style and taste in decor is drawn from mul­ti­ple in­flu­ences. Like most de­sign­ers, I like to mix high-low if I can. This is

re­flected in the qual­ity of the fur­nish­ings and in the art­work.”

|ABOVE LEFT| SWEET SPARE. Ju­lia styled this room with a daybed to demon­strate the flex­i­bil­ity of the sec­ond bed­room. She also mixes in var­i­ous tex­tures with a large area rug, a pat­terned du­vet and throw pil­lows. The

flo­ral mo­tif found through­out the home is in­cor­po­rated in the large wall hang­ing, also

from her per­sonal col­lec­tion.

|ABOVE RIGHT| BAY-WIN­DOW BEAUTY. This win­dow seat makes a grand im­pres­sion and acts as an independent space. Ju­lia cus­tom de­signed the cush­ion, which can be en­joyed by hu­mans and pets alike. The stag­ing of this read­ing nook is cozy and brings a touch of

rus­tic charm to the space.

|TOP| CREAT­ING AN ES­CAPE. The vin­tage bed fea­tured in the master bed­room is one of Ju­lia’s per­sonal trea­sures. The dark wood and hand-painted poppies were matched with vin­tage oil paint­ings that bring warmth and rich­ness toBtEheFOroRoEm. The French doors were added by Ju­lia as well as an out­door pa­tio at­tached to the master suite.

|BOT­TOM LEFT| PE­RIOD CHARM. The master bath­room stays true to the orig­i­nal lay­out and main­tains the orig­i­nal cab­i­netry, win­dows and bath­tub. An up­dated re­pro­duc­tion sink was added, as well as brand new tiling. The color scheme pays homage to vin­tage bath­rooms in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia that fea­tured bright-col­ored tile mixed with black-and-white ac­ces­sories and sil­ver fix­tures.

|BOT­TOM RIGHT| AU COURANT. Ju­lia be­lieves that it isn’t a lux­ury to have two bath­rooms in a mod­ern home, so she made room for a half bath where there wasn’t one be­fore. The stand­ing shower saves on space, and uses wall and floor tiling that matches the era in which the home was built. A vin­tage van­ity ta­ble was cut down to use for the sink and Re­ju­ve­na­tion sconces com­plete the over­all look.

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