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House Tour: A Cottage for the Old Soul, Part II

In part one, we learned how Marcela Cavaglieri’s love for antique decor blossomed into what it is today. Continue along to discover how Marcela incorporates vintage goodies in her home.


In the master bedroom, Marcela used an antique Victorian full bed’s footboard as a headboard for her queen bed. The nightstand and mirror were finds that she picked from the trash and refurbished.


The décor is a soothing mix of white, ethereal blues and soft yellow, a testament to her sunny personality and her proclivity for the California weather. “My décor is very clean and fresh,” she says. “It goes with our locale; it’s very happy. Even if the weather is very gray, inside everything is bright and cheerful. I like that it’s always summer at my house.”


Marcela amped up the architectural dimension to the room by replacing the pink marble fireplace facade with brick, embellishing the mantel with carvings and placing eye-catching elements higher in the room such as the chandelier in the corner and the stained glass panel in front of one window.


Her creativity is everywhere, from the vintage sheet music that forms a vignette in on a bookcase to the unexpected architectural flourishes placed to create interest. Many of the furnishings are repainted and transformed though she prefers to keep an original finish if it’s still functional. She’s masked the cookie-cutter bones of her house with structural details that transform the space with a few shabby vintage touches. Painted white brick conceal plain walls and facings, ornamental corbels add dimension to the architecture and by stripping the carpet down to the concrete floors beneath, Marcella has created a unique artsy space. The floor plan was also opened by tearing down a few walls to allow light from the bank of windows facing the garden to reach the kitchen for bright airy feel.


The kitchen boasts windows with a view of the backyard. For added interest, Marcela added wood appliques to the cabinets and iron corbels under the units.


Everything from the ceiling to the floors is designed for casual livability, and Marcela is quick to note that her old cottage furnishings are expected to stand up to her children’s scuffed soccer balls and heavy schoolbooks. “I like a relaxing environment— I don’t care if the furniture gets scratched; every piece of furniture we have we use,” she says. “When our kids were very little the cottage look was perfect. A lot of people worry about the all the white but I think that it is quite the opposite, if the table gets scratched it fits right in or the sofa gets marked you can just wash the slipcover.”

Just as she when began two decades ago, Marcella’s approach to building the perfect cottage home is based upon supplying an innate love of reviving old things and crafting a home for her family to live casually and comfortably. “My house is a place to relax and be casual, “she says. “Just so happens you can do it surrounded by beautiful cottage style.”


By Jickie Torres

Photography by Mark Tanner

Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel


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