This 1920's Ojai farmhouse belonged to my dad and step-mom, Malcolm and Kelley McDowell. Kelley renovated this house, transforming it from a dark ruin into a light-filled inviting space. I love that she painted the floors bright white, almost reflective. It's not something you see in Spanish Style homes, but I think it was a great choice. Painting the walls a bright white as well gives a clean backdrop for their vibrant collection of American primitive antiques, Navajo rugs, and Mexican religious art and objects. We were lucky enough to do a Nell's Compass photo shoot here, as you can see from our homepage! Kelley has an amazing eye and a wonderful style that is all her own. She says, "when you open the gate, it's like stepping back in time to the California of Chinatown or The Wild Bunch. We think of our home as an American, whimsical version of Spanish Style." I think the best homes have a touch of whimsy, an unexpected quirkiness (look at the skull mugs!), and this is no exception.
Floors were treated with Old Masters Gel Stain in Pickling White, walls are Benjamin Moore Super Spec Flat
All photos from House Beautiful
I started Nell's Compass with my mom, Mary Steenburgen in 2008. I currently run the candle company and blog out of our office in Venice, Ca. Feel free to email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. For order inquiries, please email email@example.com.