Custom Carpentry & Global Textiles Rule this LA Bungalow
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