Custom Carpentry & Global Textiles Rule this LA Bungalow

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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

  1. Jessica says:

    Beautiful! Especially love all the texture and pattern in the bedroom.

  2. sunshine says:

    Fun and beautiful space! The textiles make the whole space pop. Could we get more garden pictures at a later date?

    1. Wandie says:

      Thank you! And I would love to share more garden pics!

    2. Wandie says:

      Thank you! I would love to send in more garden pics!!

  3. Shruthi says:

    Lovely living areas, love the handmade table.

  4. georgia says:

    Happy people. Happy home.

  5. AMMpls says:

    Re. picture five: actually, the other two framed pieces are Panamanian. They are molas, reverse-appliques made by the Cuna Indian women of the San Blas Islands.

    1. Ed Beard says:

      Yes, molas from San Blas Islands is correct. And at least 50 years old.

  6. What a cute little place! I miss having space to garden and their dog is adorable.

  7. Sal says:

    A beautiful home for two beautiful people.

  8. Annie Stafford says:

    I love textiles and this collection is wonderful. The whole house is simply delightful.

  9. Anna Clark says:

    Dear Wandie and James, what a wonderful garden!! I also live in LA around the foothills, and we get raccoons at night. Do you get them at all, and how do you deter them from the vegetation?

    1. Wandie says:

      Hi Anna! Thank you so much! Here’s what James built to fight off raccoons and other pests: http://i65.tinypic.com/2nu2c6u.png

      We could build one for you if you’d like. weardjam@gmail.com

  10. Barbara says:

    Dear Wandie and James:
    What a happy home you two live in. I love all the color, rugs, pieces of art and house and garden. The living room coffee table James made along with the farmhouse table are gorgeous.

    1. Wandie says:

      thank you so much!!

  11. Vin says:

    What a gorgeous home full of personality! SO in love with all the textiles!

  12. Jim Strong says:

    Very interesting design m never seen before this type of carpentry.

  13. Margot says:

    Love this!

  14. Karen says:

    Wonderful collection of global textiles! They work well with the rustic carpentry. Lovely home.

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