My Hygge House

La Jolla, California Cottage

In all the years I have lived in Santa Monica California, I had never made my way down to San Diego. When a work opportunity popped up there last fall, my initial reaction was to disregard it. I hadn’t had any desire to go to San Diego let alone move thereThe company was persuasive and offered me a trip to come down and visit. After meeting with them for a full day, I drove at sunset along the coast, through La Jolla and snapped this:

La Jolla, California. Image by Alex Beauchamp at

Two weeks later, I moved.

Initially, I thought finding a home would be hard; the city seemed to be filled with vacation-rental, 80’s condo’s with blue carpet. Finding something my style seemed impossible to find.

But I did.

A 1928 cottage by the sea, aptly called, “Dream Cottage.” It’s one block from the beach, with two large and private yards, a fireplace and white, white walls. The cottage had been in the same family for over 40 years and you felt that vibe inside. I bought my first grown-up table here (the West Elm Emerson table I had coveted for years!) and had lots of morning coffee (a new thing for me), had my mum visit with me and one of my sweetest friends and her husband stay for a few days. There were lots of long conversations on the couch, nights spent in the backyard watching stars and many, many trips down to the cove.

In two weeks my work winds down, I’ll be leaving my cottage to return to my adopted hometown, Santa Monica. But before I leave, I wanted to share a few captures of the cottage:

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  • Reply HeatherNo Gravatar 15 May ’13 at 1:56 pm

    Wow, that view is stunning! You’re a few years younger than me, but I want to be you when I grow up. :) I think you’ve lived in &/or visited all the places I’ve ever wanted to, and you always manage to find the nicest homes to live in! What’s your secret to finding dreamy cottages like this one? And perhaps more importantly, if you’re back in Santa Barbara, does that mean this one’s available now?? ;)

  • Reply RashidaNo Gravatar 15 May ’13 at 5:46 pm

    Absolutely lovely and magical!

  • Reply KyNo Gravatar 16 May ’13 at 10:05 pm

    How lovely. I want to hang out there and read books.

  • Reply MarieNo Gravatar 25 May ’13 at 7:31 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! I dream of having a lovely little place like this someday.

  • Reply alisaNo Gravatar 24 Jul ’13 at 10:09 am

    where did you get that handbag? :~)

    • Reply alex the girlNo Gravatar 24 Jul ’13 at 12:33 pm

      I bought it from Anthropologie way back in late 2006. I read the very faded tag and I think it’s made by venera arapu paris.

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