Creature Comforts

Through her personal touch, animal-rights activist Yvette Dobbie transforms her beach cottage into a seaside retreat for family and friends.

Yvette Dobbie is always on the go. After spending more than 25 years working in the entertainment industry, Yvette now dedicates her time to animal advocacy. She spends much of her free time road tripping with her two dogs between her homes in Laguna Beach, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, stopping at sales along the way to find new treasures for her homes. With the difficult and trying nature of her charitable work, Yvette tries to bring as much comfort to her beachside home as possible, in order to create a beautiful and safe haven for her husband, her friends and, of course, her pets.

Their Laguna Beach home is decorated with an eclectic mix of furnishings—including mixed and matched antiques that Yvette and Steve have found while traveling. Yvette purposely leaves curtains off the windows to create an airy and light-filled interior. Smatterings of color stand out against the light and neutral colored walls, while a carefully edited use of furniture contribute to the clean, uncluttered feel of the home.

However, when it comes to decorating her home, comfort always comes first. “Our home is French-country shabby chic with a huge emphasis on comfort, a common thread in all of our homes,” Yvette says. “We wanted a place where our friends could come in, take off their shoes and sit anywhere they want without it feeling fussy, and I think we’ve achieved that.”

For Yvette, having pets is a major part of what makes her house a home. And having a home that reflects her personal passions and favorite hobbies is part of what makes her home comfortable and welcoming. Aside from her dogs, surfboards are found scattered throughout the property as evidence of the couple’s love for surfing. For Yvette, the sound of the nearby waves and a view of the ocean add to the home’s tranquil quality.

For Yvette, choosing the right décor is important to achieving a comfortable home. However, filling her home with the things she loves—from pets to friends to surfboards—is what truly creates a safe haven she can enjoy and feel truly comfortable in. “I love that we can hear and see the ocean and I feel like I’m on vacation in this house,” she says. “It’s such a happy house. It’s a lot of work, but it’s a labor of love because we get so much enjoyment out of it.”

By Justine Lopez
Photography by Mark Tanner • Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel

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