Chardonnay grape vineyards surround this contemporary California farmhouse. Designer Jean Larette wanted this living room to have a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Two walls of foldable, glass-paned doors take the place of solid walls so the owner can feel the breeze and enjoy the view.

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Chardonnay grape vineyards surround this contemporary California farmhouse. Designer Jean Larette wanted this living room to have a seamless indoor-outdoor flow. Two walls of foldable, glass-paned doors take the place of solid walls so the owner can feel the breeze and enjoy the view.

When designer Cristine Gillespie and her husband bought their Los Angeles house from Rachel Ashwell, founder of Shabby Chic, the walls and floors were already white (the floors in glossy, durable boat paint). Their pair of sofas, covered in white cotton, fit right in. The 1930s Eiffel Tower model on the mantel is from Indigo Seas. Gillespie and her sons made the small silver one from an Erector set and magnets. Both are part of a larger collection of Eiffel Towers, whose graphic form…

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When designer Cristine Gillespie and her husband bought their Los Angeles house from Rachel Ashwell, founder of Shabby Chic, the walls and floors were already white (the floors in glossy, durable boat paint). Their pair of sofas, covered in white cotton, fit right in. The 1930s Eiffel Tower model on the mantel is from Indigo Seas. Gillespie and her sons made the small silver one from an Erector set and magnets. Both are part of a larger collection of Eiffel Towers, whose graphic form…

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