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Custom Carpentry & Global Textiles Rule this LA Bungalow

by Garrett Fleming

The one-bedroom bungalow Wandie Kabule shares with her partner James Beard sits in the backyard of a mid-century home — next to a fabulous garden the two grew themselves. Raising fennel, carrots, potatoes, and more has proven to be a rewarding hobby for the creative couple. Most weekends you can find them working away, cultivating their little plot of seedlings and tending to the raised plant beds. This mini, rustic oasis in the middle of Los Angeles is what initially drew me to their home. Then I took a peek inside their bungalow and was officially hooked.

Wooden textures and unique textiles are the pair’s specialties, and their home is filled to the brim with both. Wandie often brings back eye-catching fabrics, flags and blankets from the far-off destinations she visits. As you’ll see, the home’s rugs were sourced in Morocco, and the bedroom’s pillows were made from fabric picked up in Zambia, the country where Wandie was born. This colorful and textural collection is accompanied by one-of-a-kind furniture James has crafted for their home. He’s a carpenter and often uses the bungalow to test his skills. Benches, tables and chairs are no problem for him, and his wares do a great job of warming up the home’s white walls.

Combining these global and handmade elements has resulted in a comfy home ripe for kicking back, which is exactly what Wandie and James hoped to find when they left their previous apartment a year ago. “We knew we needed a garden [as well as] something small and cozy,” the couple shares. “That’s what we’ve always loved. Too much space and we’d just be overwhelmed!” Clearly, their new house’s 500 square feet of space fits them just right. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Lauren Wade

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"James builds farm tables, and this is the first one he made! The stained glass window pane is from [his] childhood home in Massachusetts," Wandie says. Chairs from Blu Dot and a bench, which James also made, round out the room.
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James further tested his woodworking skills on the garden's raised beds he built with Wandie. Since moving in a year ago, the couple has planted an abundance of fennel, potatoes, kale, carrots and herbs. The process of bringing the garden to life has been both the most challenging and the most rewarding project they've undertaken in their home.
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A flag from Ghana decorates the dining area's wall.
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Wandie works in production, and James not only works as a carpenter, but as an assistant director and cameraman as well. Needless to say, this family loves movies and TV. When they aren't working - on the garden or at the office - they love kicking up their feet and relaxing here with a flick.
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Wandie makes biweekly trips to the flower market in order to bring the outdoors into her home. It's not uncommon to see orchids or eucalyptus plants sitting here and there throughout the home. Just like refreshing with plants, decor is often shuffled around inside James and Wandie's one-bedroom bungalow. They recently added this bright yellow piece to the wall. The couple bought it on a trip to Belize. The rest of the artwork is from Thailand.
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The sofa, picked up on eBay, is decorated with throw pillows from Ralph Lauren.
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"Our amazingly-talented, illustrator friend Lacy McCune... framed these pieces for us as a gift. [Included are] photos from our parents," the two say.
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James made the living room's coffee table himself, while Wandie picked up this pretty rug in Morocco. It's made of cactus silk.
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Masks from Nicaragua bring to life the home's global theme.
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Wandie calls herself "textile obsessed," and the bedroom she shares with James proves it. The rug is from North Africa, and the bed's decorative textile was picked up on a trip to Istanbul.
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Wandie had these throw pillows made from fabric she brought back from Zambia, the country where she was born. The blue, striped bedding is by Brooklinen.
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Most couples long for more and more space as time goes by, but not this pair. They're quite content with their 500-square-foot home. Any more, they say, and it'd be simply overwhelming to decorate and maintain. It took a year for this fiddle leaf fig to get this tall. It basks in the glow of a pendant light from CB2.
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A collection of the many textiles Wandie has picked up on her travels around the world.
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Another Moroccan rug sits pretty in the bright kitchen. Making a cup of tea here, then curling up on the sofa, is not out of the ordinary for this duo.
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"The thing we love most about our home is our... garden." -- Wandie Kabule and James Beard
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The bungalow Wandie and James call home is situated at the back of another house's property. While the main home was built in 1954, it's safe to say that the spot Wandie and James live in was added much later.

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