This little cottage is so stylish and daring, it’s almost too hard to imagine a rabble rousing family of four with a dog moving into it. But that’s what Lisa Murray says her family is still planning to do while they are remodeling the front house.
The 360-square-foot cottage is out back and was the first to get attention after they purchased the Los Gatos property a year ago. Lisa is nothing if not whimsical and avante garde. And the cottage reflects that.
The “trophy” over the tiny fireplace is a Lucite deer head illuminated by a string of blue LEDs. The wall above the master bed has a lit arrow that looks like a midway sign at a fair. Even she admits getting a kick out of the “creepy” side of a circus (and has a few framed pictures of circus rides on the wall, too.) But those things are the extras.
And it’s amazing how she pulled the fundamentals together for a beautiful, cohesive mix of modern and vintage, traditional and “circus-y.” Blue and white tiles from Portugal frame the fireplace and the kitchen backsplash. A floral love seat (a hide-a-bed) sits across from small red Ikea barrel-back chairs (with Pierre Deux throw pillows.)
She’s made great use of a very small space, with a tiny dining table in the main room and a Queen size bed with a watermelon-color frame from Anthropology in the bedroom.
Now let’s see how good it looks after the hubby and kids and dog move in. Stay tuned to the family adventures to come. (I can only imagine what the main house will look like! This woman’s got it going on!)
Lookiloos is following the adventures of the Murray-Hinkley family remodel. Scroll down for a list of Lisa’s splurges, bargains and resources on her cottage remodel. Or click below for the most recent stories:
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