Get Inspired: A Little House in Big Sur

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Big Sur House Photo

Here's a little sunny inspiration  from Coastal Living magazine for your mid-winter blues. This one-bedroom, 1930s cottage was once owned by modern architect Philip Johnson. Updated and restored by its current owner, the little cottage perches above the ocean and has rooms that all open to the outdoors.

Big Sur Coastal Photo

You can't beat the view! The deck off the living room is some 1,000 feet above the rocky shoreline. Table and chairs have a comfortable midcentury vibe.

Big Sur House Living Room Photo

Living room furnishings are in earth tones inspired by the surrounding environment. It's a beautiful, easygoing space.

Holtkoetter Swing Arm Floor Lamp

The floor lamps in the room look very much like this Holtkoetter Olde Bronze Finish Swing Arm Floor Lamp. The curved arm easily extends and adjusts for reading, making the lamp ideal for use next to a comfy reading chair.  

Big Sur House Picture

Another view of the liviing room seating area. More midcentury lines in soft neuatral tones. In the corner is a ceramic table lamp that recalls classic California ceramics.

Big Sur House Bedroom Photo

Finally, a shot of the bedroom with a door leading to the outdoor patio.

House photos courtesy of Coastal Living.


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  • What a great house! I love how it is open to the sky and light. Do you have other floor lamp suggestions? The ones they used are really nice, but are kind of on the expensive side...

  • It is a great house, isn't it? The view of the coastline curving off into the distance is classic. The Holtkoetter floor lamps are classic as well, and have pretty amazing dimming features. If you are a serious reader, they make a wonderful reading lamp.

    For alternate products, try browsing our selection of task lighting floor lamps:

    This balance arm floor lamp has a similar thin-line profile:

    Or there is this pharmacy style lamp from the Bakarat lighting collection that has a more traditional look:

    Take a look and let us know what you find! Thanks for the comments and question!

Get Inspired: A Little House in Big Sur