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Kitchen Confidential: Storybook cottage living

There are an estimated three dozen "Moody cottages": Pixie homes, most built in the 1930s and '40s, that dot Santa Barbara and Montecito. They are the legacy left by four free-spirited Moody sisters who were born in the 1890s and pioneered a style of property development that was ahead of its time.

Owners of Moody cottages today dote on their whimsical homes and forgive the inconveniences that come with the eccentricities. They love the odd mishmash of recycled house parts and adore the enchanted gardens — all part of the vision of Harriet, Mildred, Brenda and Wilma.

Take a look inside the cottages -- we have a 39-picture photo gallery -- in this week's Home section:

Photo credit: A Moody cottage kitchen that still has its original mahogany countertop. Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

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The one picture above, that alone makes me smile. But all the photos are wonderful. I always imagined living in a space like this. Storybook, indeed.


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