This 1930s Spanish Casita in LA Got a Wild and Whimsical Makeover

For Faith, it was important that the home’s Spanish-style heritage remain its crowning glory. “It also helped set the stage for lots of warm color, pattern, and art,” she notes before Deidrie chimes in. “I showed her images of what I wanted and I wasn’t surprised when we laughed together at the fact that most of the images I ‘hearted’ were her work,” adds Deidrie. “So, the brief was, in a word, brief, in terms of describing what I like.” In an effort to dial up the pizzazz, each space was designed and decorated with different forms and finishes, promising new surprises around each corner. The foyer, for example, plays host to a custom white-and-cherry vintage-dresser-inspired shoe cabinet that doffs its hat to the window trim of the same tone. Moroccan-tile alcoves dazzle in the bathroom and Roman clay walls breathe cool air in the primary bedroom. And the boudoir—with its beautiful gold-filigree palm tree wallpaper, dusty rose chair, and teal vanity—could easily have tumbled out of an Old Hollywood dressing room.

AFTER: “In the boudoir, we wanted to pay tribute to Old Hollywood,” says Faith. “We created a lady cove of sorts for her makeup, creams, and accouterments.” The walls are emblazoned with a gold-filigree, tropical palm wallpaper, and built-in storage units hide here and there. “One of the biggest challenges—as in most old Spanish homes—was storage, so we found ourselves creating furniture and custom pieces with lots of concealed storage.” The vanity chair, sourced from Sunbeam Vintage, once belonged on the set of Big Little Lies. The drawer pulls are Anthropologie, and the mirror is a gem from Jungalow.

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The living room, however, is the ultimate cabinet of curiosities. Here, pristine white walls highlight the original architecture, and custom reclaimed wooden shelves serve as the pièce de résistance “It was designed to display their art and decor, but it ended up giving pride of place to a very special portable bar cart—originally a wedding gift—that desperately deserved a home. “Now, the cart accompanies us to our well-known Crab Shacks backyard parties and returns quietly to its place when not in use,” says Douglas, confessing that the living room and backyard are probably his favorite spaces of all because “they’re equally suited for intimate evenings and fun gatherings.”

AFTER: With Roman clay walls, a custom headboard by Faith Blakeney Design Studio, and a custom console tall enough for the Dickermans’ dog, Walnut, to comfortably sleep under, the bedroom is a Mediterranean-inspired bolthole. The walls wear a paint from Portola, the pendant sconces are from Palecak, and the pillows are from Jungalow and Parachute Home. The console lamp is also a Jungalow find.

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