Synopses & Reviews
A charming introduction to the inspired and inspiring cottages and bungalows of Venice, California.
More than a century ago, when Abbot Kinney built his Venice-of-America with its network of canals and fanciful buildings, cultural aspirations were high. Over the years, this aura of fantasy and imaginative possibility endured as integral to the zeitgeist of the place. Today, this spirit of innovation and creativity is richly expressed in the vintage bungalows and cottages that have been embraced and brought back to life by homeowners more in love with place than size. Stalwart survivors of the ebb and flow of the area’s fortunes over a century, these small homes channel the creative spirit of the place and provide a welcome counterpoint to oversize houses. Color, landscape, treasured collections, personal narrative, contemporary overlays and additions, art and craft, and inventive design—all combine in various ways to produce domestic environments with unique and deeply personal points of view.
About the Author
Margaret Bach is a designer, writer, documentary filmmaker, historian, and preservation advocate. She is a member of the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission and editor of L.A. Architect. Melba Levick is a widely published and exhibited photographer who works and lives in Venice, CA, Paris, and Spain. She is the photographer for Rizzoli’s bestselling Casa California, India Sublime, and California Mediterranean, among many others.