Category: Architects and Designers

Los Angeles Hobbit House is a vintage treasure

Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence
Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence

This fantastical home was recently listed for rent in Culver City, California. It’s so beautifully awesome and intact.

Here’s the entire ad:

Enchanting 2 Bedroom Cottage in “The Hobbit’s House”

Property Address
3819 Dunn Drive | Culver City, CA 90232

Located in prime & hip Downtown Culver City, Here is a rare opportunity to live inside a Storybook cottage straight out of a Fairytale. Known as “The Hobbit’s House”, this unique property was created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence who spent 24 years creating between 1946 and 1970. This cottage features rustic stone hewn walls, leaded glass windows, and magical looking ponds filled with fish and a family of turtles. The main house features 2 bedrooms and 1 bath, plus a huge bonus room that could be an office or den. The living room that is situated around an original stone fireplace features stained glass windows, nautical details and a bar that is perfect for entertaining. The quaint kitchen comes with a mini-fridge that is built in. 2 bedrooms sit behind a wooden plank door and offer great sunlight, and a view of the fountain and pond at the front of the house. The sparkling green tiled bathroom features a tub/shower combo with a large vanity and great custom built ins. The house also features a 3rd bonus room off of the kitchen that could easily be used as a extra bedroom or entertaining space. This is a truly enchanting cottage that is located just moments from The Kirk Douglas Theater, Trader Joes, fantastic restaurants in Downtown Culver City, and The Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Center and easily accessible to the 10 and 405 freeways

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Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence
Created by Disney artist Joseph Lawrence






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Square Celebrities’ Curvy Homes

Is there something about “square” entertainment legends that makes them commission really cool, curvy houses? Two examples (both on the market in recent months) might suggest so.

Via ABC News.

Exhibit A: the Malibu, CA hillside estate of American Bandstand host and “World’s Oldest Teenager” Dick Clark. Media articles about it invariably compare it to the house on another long-running ABC TV series, The Flintstones.  Originally listed last year at $3.5 million, it’s now been reduced for quick sale to $3.25 mil.


Exhibit B: the Palm Springs, CA desert mansion of comedy legend Bob Hope. Designed in 1973 by acclaimed architect John Lautner, its vast copper roof was intended to resemble a volcano. There’s a giant boulder in the middle, and a putting green and al fresco dining area outside. It can all be yours for a mere $50 million.

Save the (Plywood) Cows!

For sale: One herd of cows (ceramic, plywood, fabric, paint, etc.). Comes with a supply of warm, gooey cinnamon rolls and a classic cafe.

After 25 years, Jeanne Mae Barwick is retiring from Mae’s Phinney Ridge Cafe in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. She’s put the place up for sale, and threatens to close it in March or April if an appropriate buyer isn’t found.


There’s been a cafe at this location since the 1920s. But when Barwick took it over in 1988, she transformed it from a neighborhood destination into a city institution.

Michael Stern at describes it as “a multi-room cafe decorated everywhere with pictures, statues, blow-up dolls and every sort of nick-nack imaginable, all depicting cows (an ode to the proprietor’s Wisconsin roots).”

On weekend mornings, it can take as long as an hour to get seated. Besides the cinnamon rolls (baked in-house), it offers large portions of your basic American breakfast and lunch fare, plus such specialties as trout and eggs.

It closes at 3 p.m. daily; in offering the business for sale, Barwick notes a new owner could make more money by opening for dinner and offering alcohol.

In an email sent to customers, Barwick says she may hold an “open house and garage sale” at the cafe in March. Depending on what items a new owner may want to keep, the sale could include the cafe’s cow-shaped salt and pepper shakers “and other miscellaneous moo-morabilia.”

Barwick also says she’ll continue to host her popular “Karaoke Bingo” once a month at the Greenwood Senior Center.



Green homes, literally

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Dorknob found this great fake grass-covered home located in an Austrian hillside by GRID Architekten.

Here’s another “green” home, almost completely covered in greenery.

You could almost miss this whole home while walking by on the street, buried as it is under dense layers of climbing greenery that wrap up and around on three of four sides (as well as the roof).

Here’s the same house, from the front, showing the walls of windows:

HomeDesignFind features a very modern eco-luxury vacation villa set in the Costa Rica rainforest features a series of energy-conserving thick green roofs for natural cooling and lush velvety greens that contrast with the stark white of the walls.

More “Green Images” from Home Design Galleries:

Happy Valentines Day

Saint Valentine’s Day, often simply Valentine’s Day is a holiday observed on February 14 honoring one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentinus.

We are commemorating the day by looking at some unusual homes and interior decor celebrating the holiday.

Life in a Pink House (collection of pink house photos)

Tiny apartment transforms into 24 different designs

In Hong Kong, because of the space, apartments are small and expensive. Gary Chang, an architect, decided to design a 344 sq. ft. apartment to be able to change into 24 different designs, all by just sliding panels and walls. He calls this the “Domestic Transformer.”

Dune House

This amazing Dune House is located in Atlantic Beach, Florida.

This design by architect William Morgan adopts a Lord of the Rings aesthetic with a very different initial inspiration. The project is actually built into the earth, making two separate townhouse apartments carved into a sand dune. The apartments are entered at street level and a common stair leads to the upper floor’s entryway, bedroom and bath. On the main lower floor, the living, dining and kitchen with mostly built-in furniture open oceanside to a covered terrace at beach level.

The building was constructed in 1975 using swimming pool technology, a gunite-concrete shell anchored to a cast concrete floor. It’s also one of the original green roofs, as it’s topped by a mantle of earth stabilized by native landscaping which helps to maintain a 70-degree temperature inside.

Slide Tour by William Morgan Architects

Metropol Parasol in Seville

Designed by J. MAYER H. architects, this “Metropol Parasol” is a central courtyard that becomes the new contemporary urban centre. Its role as a unique urban space within the dense fabric of the medieval inner city of Seville allows for a great variety of activities such as memory, leisure and commerce. A highly developed infrastructure helps to activate the square, making it an attractive destination for tourists and locals alike.

It looks crazy out-of-place in this ancient city of Seville, but I’m in awe of their sense of adventure to build something cool and modern like this instead of a fake antiquity.

Unusual Chapels for Holiday Worship

Curbed has a great feature today on some unusual chapels, including the the Tiffany Chapel at the Morse Museum in Winter Park, pictured above.

My favorite chapel in Seattle is the Chapel of St. Ignatius on the campus of Seattle University. It’s beautifully designed by Steven Holl, and you can view interior photos here.

Nicol Residence by Bruce Goff

Nicol Residence by Bruce Goff - Approach

The residence is realized as a series of octagons, connected by a central living area, with a sunken conversation pit, fountain and fire ring centered under a large skylight. The present owners have an actual Sputnik spacecraft hanging under the skylight. The center of the roof is raised with a flat roof around the perimeter. The beautiful doors have Italian ashtrays as stained glass. The residence sits on a large heavily treed lot with a thirty foot by thirty foot reflecting pool, as well as a swimming pool.

Thousand Islands

This is an awesome Powerpoint slideshow of the Thousand Islands area that straddle the U.S-Canada border in the Saint Lawrence River as it emerges from the northeast corner of Lake Ontario.

The number of islands was determined using the criteria that any island must be above water level for 365 days per year, bigger than one square foot (roughly 900 cm²), and support at least one tree or shrub. The area is very popular among vacationers, campers, and boaters, and is often referred to as the ‘fresh water boating capital of the world.’

Be sure to press “Full Screen” to view this, as it’s quite stunning:

Tiny Home Tour

Take the plunge


This beachfront home’s dramatic pool lights up in vivid shades of blue and purple, creating an incredible setting. The pool features an adjustable swim current for when you want to break a sweat, plus a champagne-glass spa when you just want to relax. When it’s time to dry off, this amazing outdoor spot also has multiple balconies and a private rooftop deck for sun bathing. And the price has just been reduced to only $9.9M!