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Our 10 Favorite California Homes

by Amy Azzarito

Even though I now call Brooklyn home, I have a soft spot in my heart for the architecture of my birth state. I love the tiny beach bungalows, the ranch homes in South California, the Victorian apartments of San Francisco and the Spanish-style architecture throughout the state. There is just something about the quality of the light that makes even the tiniest home feel special. Living is a casual, outdoors/indoors prospect and that extends to the decoration of the homes. I love the bright, happy and relaxed feeling in these homes from the Golden State –Amy

Image above: The San Francisco home of Yellow Owl Workshop founders is filled with color and pattern. See the full home here.

Image above: In sunny Southern California, designer Betsy Ginn of SMID gave her childhood bed a new lease on life with a bright pop of yellow. See her amazing home here.

Image above: This homeowner went bold with the floor in the kitchen of her 1924 Spanish-style home in Altadena, California. You can see more of her fantastic home here.

Image above: These San Francisco homeowners made their Victorian fireplace feel more modern by keeping it all white (note their growing collection of white objects on the very top of the ornate mantel). See more of this SF home here.

Image above: This 900-square-foot house in San Diego is home to two adults, one little girl, two dogs and a cat. See the full home tour here.

Image above: A seaside apartment in Long Beach is reflective of a couple’s work and passions – a mix of masculine and feminine. See the full home tour here.

Image above: An Oakland home is a testament to where this artist couple has traveled together. See the full home tour here.

Image above: A 1913 craftsman home in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles is filled with built-ins and moulding – perfect for a photographer whose style leans toward vintage with a modern edge. See the full home tour here.

Image above: The simple white walls of this Los Angeles bedroom allow the colorful antique blanket and vintage 1970s cat pillow to take center stage. See the full home tour here.

Image above: Mauve might seem like a risky color for a dining room, but in this Los Angeles home, it makes the mid-century furniture feel earthy and warm. The hue also hightlights the focal point of the room – the painting by Frohawk Two Feathers. See the full home tour here.

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