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Storybook living in the Moody sisters cottages


It's pretty much impossible to lead with any other photo than this: As Christine Hoehner heads up the stairs of her cottage, her dog, Emily Dickinson, sticks around for the photo op. Lucky girl. She lives in a Moody sisters cottage, one of about three dozen built in the 1930s and '40s by Harriet, Mildred, Brenda and Wilma Moody. Extreme angles and mismatched architectural elements add up to pure whimsy. We've got:

The full article by Frank Nelson.

The 39-picture photo gallery of two Moody cottages. A little preview:


Built-in shelves and nooks galore.

Charmers from the outside ...


... and the inside.

Photo credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times


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Wow. I did not know of these until just now. Thank you for this piece!

As a devoté of everyone from Mies through Hadid, I have to say that not only would I design a cottage like this, I'd live in it as well.

There, I've said it.

as a tiny house owner, I say well done! There are a few small cottages near me in Crestline, but none have the same elegance and sheer greatness. Bravo!


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