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Cate's Sears Kit Home




Los Angeles, California



Square Feet:


What I Love About My Home

I love everything about my house - especially the original character and history of the house. It's a Sears Kit home. In terms of my decor, I love the built in bookshelves in the office and the artwork.

Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home

The biggest challenge was having the patience to wait and find the right furniture. Scale was always a factor - there's nothing worse than giant furniture in a tiny space. *photos 3,4 & 5 by Bethany Nauert.

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Comments (87)

I wish you could do my place! So cute!

posted by DreMac on April 5, 2011 at 7:00pm
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posted by crazyhair on April 5, 2011 at 11:06am
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Claw foot tub, vintage kitchen, built-in book shelves...when can I move in?!

posted by ShelbeyCampbell on April 5, 2011 at 11:32am
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Not to mention those lovely hex tiles in the bathroom! Swoon!! :D

posted by ShelbeyCampbell on April 5, 2011 at 11:32am
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I remember the house tour. Loved it then, love it now.

posted by Juliet___ on April 5, 2011 at 12:10pm
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That's one beautiful chocolate shade on the bedroom walls!

posted by hotpaprika on April 5, 2011 at 1:02pm
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i wish this was my house!

posted by sandy dandy on April 5, 2011 at 1:34pm
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Love it! Pretty much my dream home. If it has a porch I'm moving in.

posted by andrea_xtina on April 5, 2011 at 2:12pm
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Sweet and cozy! Just darling!

posted by MsPface on April 5, 2011 at 2:21pm
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I love your working area, all those shelves filled with books and a desk snuggled inside the corner. Fantastic!

posted by Ela&Vuk on April 5, 2011 at 2:47pm
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I loe your office space.

posted by little one on April 5, 2011 at 5:55pm
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Love this space!!! What paint color is used in the Living Room?

posted by Mandarin614 on April 5, 2011 at 6:25pm
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I would move here in a second, as-is.

posted by IndigoEllen on April 5, 2011 at 7:44pm
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Thanks for all the love!

@ Mandarin614, the color in the living room was already there when I bought the house. Sorry! It's a really basic off white.

posted by chaight on April 5, 2011 at 8:02pm
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This house would be perfect if I lived on my own. The hexy tiles are lovely and that bookshelf is fantastic.

posted by A Labour of Love on April 5, 2011 at 9:09pm
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Your washroom is to die for! Crystal knobs, penny tile floor (!!!), and a claw foot tub = love. I'm super jealous. ;)

posted by _kristinb on April 5, 2011 at 10:36pm
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That is the exact couch I am looking for, where did you get it?

posted by einsd on April 5, 2011 at 11:10pm
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Love your house and style :)

posted by Catherine^ on April 5, 2011 at 11:32pm
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Oh my dear. I've hallucinated about your cute little house ever since the house call. Gorgeous!

posted by Cactina on April 6, 2011 at 2:00am
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Wow, that tiling in the bathroom is amazing!

posted by Lyric&RadioWalk on April 6, 2011 at 2:03am
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Hi einsd - the couch is from Crate & Barrel:

And glitchgirl, my walls are textured and the matte paint looks great so I say give it a go! You can always just get a sample size of the paint and see how it looks.

posted by chaight on April 6, 2011 at 1:36am
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I am really intrigued by your brown bedroom. It seems so calming! I'd love to try something like that in my bedroom, but the walls are so horribly pocked and uneven...matte paint just would not work. :(

posted by glitchgirl on April 6, 2011 at 1:11am
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Lovely home. And thanks for including the floorplan. I love to see a floorplan - it helps with perspective.

posted by chaotic on April 6, 2011 at 10:17am
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I love the turquoise and red in the kitchen! We're going to do those colors in our living room :)

posted by LauraInCancun on April 6, 2011 at 10:28am
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@ek76, the rug was a lucky yard sale find.

posted by chaight on April 6, 2011 at 10:36am
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where is the beautiful rug from?

posted by ek76 on April 6, 2011 at 8:58am
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ridiculously cute!

posted by babbling on April 7, 2011 at 9:40am
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Favourited because of the office!

posted by hannahvdb on April 6, 2011 at 11:14am
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I must ask where you purchased the shelving for your office? You did an incredible job! So organized!

posted by missmae11411 on April 6, 2011 at 12:40pm
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@missmae11411 - the shelves are custom built-ins that I had built and installed.

posted by chaight on April 6, 2011 at 1:16pm
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I love your home. It is modern,but homey and
best of all it's not contrived!

posted by herrington44 on April 6, 2011 at 1:50pm
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I love the kitchen! It's super duper cute. What color paint did you use (if you don't mind sharing)? I think I'm going to copy you. :)

posted by KasieB on April 6, 2011 at 2:10pm
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Love love love. Especially your workspace. You did an amazing job Cate!!

posted by ElaneB on April 6, 2011 at 2:37pm
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Hi KasieB - the paint color is Behr 510D-4, 'Embellished Blue'.

posted by chaight on April 6, 2011 at 3:45pm
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Here's the link to my home tour - fire away if there are more questions not answered here:


posted by chaight on April 6, 2011 at 7:01pm
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I agree about scale! I really like the thinner frame of the coffee table. Where did you find it? thanks

posted by Shediri on April 6, 2011 at 8:35pm
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Love this home ,the kitchen is fabulous .

posted by kimscollectables on April 6, 2011 at 9:18pm
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@Shediri, the coffee table is from a 2nd hand furniture store.

posted by chaight on April 6, 2011 at 9:25pm
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So jealous of the office - oh, to be surround by bookshelves. I also adore the retro kitchen.

posted by ccahillmn on April 6, 2011 at 10:05pm
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Cate- What a great find! I will continue my search...

posted by Shediri on April 6, 2011 at 10:09pm
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That bedroom paint is heavenly. Brown is a color I would never think to use, but after checking out these house tours I am very close to using it in my living room. Love how the delicate patterns on the curtains and quilt balance the dark brown.

posted by VeraJ on April 7, 2011 at 12:44am
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GREAT TASTE Cate! Colors, furniture, and look at that quilt! You must come from a very artistic and cultured family to have such a beautiful place! ;) (wink wink). XOXO Sarah

posted by Sarah MacM on April 7, 2011 at 5:42am
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Very nice, is Sarah your Mom?
I agree, your artistic nature and great taste shine through your lovely home.

posted by Kate (NC) on April 7, 2011 at 6:49am
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Ha, Sarah's actually my older sister!

posted by chaight on April 7, 2011 at 10:47am
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I think this one is my favorite. I'm not familiar with the Sears Kit Home. Does this mean the original builders bought a kit & built it themselves? I'd love to see what the outside looks like.

posted by GothamTomato on April 7, 2011 at 1:02pm
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...And by the way, I love, love, LOVE that built in bookcase. Did you build that yourself?

posted by GothamTomato on April 7, 2011 at 1:03pm
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Hey GothamTomato - kit homes were sometimes purchased and built by the owners of a home, but in the case of my house I think it was a contractor who built it and then sold it. There are about 6 of them right in a row on my block, all the same model. Here's more info about them:


And I didn't build the shelves myself - if only I was that handy! A contractor/carpenter did them for me.

posted by chaight on April 7, 2011 at 1:17pm
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I'm loving the stencil above the bed. A beautiful, safe option for earthquake territory. Is it purchased or made? Thanks.

posted by Roozter on April 7, 2011 at 7:13pm
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Hi Roozter - it's a decal that I bought on Etsy. I can't find the exact one any more but if you search for 'bird decal' on Etsy you'll find loads of others like it.

posted by chaight on April 7, 2011 at 7:22pm
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I love the kitchen. Aqua and hot red are the best.

posted by lauraprescott on April 7, 2011 at 9:53pm
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Your home is lovely. Could you please tell me where the red bird print in the living room is from? Thanks.

posted by ali07 on April 8, 2011 at 8:55pm
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Hi ali07,
The red birds print is by Wayne Pate, although it looks like he's not selling it anymore:


posted by chaight on April 8, 2011 at 9:26pm
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Chaight - thanks for the link and good luck winning this year's Small/Cool!

posted by ali07 on April 9, 2011 at 7:04am
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I love the way that you've kept the original features, but made it new with colour and decor. Renovation of the best sort!

posted by missbrown2you on April 9, 2011 at 9:19pm
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My favorite of all!!! beautiful, charme, congrats! Can I vote a million times?

posted by Violeta M on April 11, 2011 at 12:27pm
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Oy! That kitchen is the shiz-it! And those built-ins in your office are incredible. How lucky are you to have a seperate laundry space?!

posted by FrontPorchPirate on April 13, 2011 at 11:24am
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posted by betty33 on April 13, 2011 at 9:43pm
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What program did you use to make that ceiling view of your entire place?

posted by RyanSP on April 15, 2011 at 9:28am
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posted by chaight on April 15, 2011 at 10:26am
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I love the vintage kitchen. The red and Aqua in are uplifting and cheerful. The bathroom= Awesome. Love the tub. Your workspace is cozy. I love the built in bookshelves. The way you have it set up and decorated is real cozy. I love the yellow color. It is a great place.

posted by raylene on April 16, 2011 at 7:45pm
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Where is the corner shelf from? Love it!

posted by fuzzy philippe on April 18, 2011 at 12:52am
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So perfect! What a doll house and so beautifully decorated.

posted by QuiltingCyclist on April 18, 2011 at 11:05am
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This is probably my favorite of all the houses I have ever seen on Apartment Therapy. It's bright, cute, is a nice combination of quaint and modern, and has just the right amount of character. Plus your colors really pop. I would LOVE to live here!

posted by Warrior Two on April 19, 2011 at 1:50am
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this is going to be hard to beat. great job!

posted by guesswhatwhat on April 21, 2011 at 9:23pm
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Bathroom tiles are awesome. Not big on the brown in the bedroom.

posted by House Voyeur on April 24, 2011 at 8:23pm
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Great cozy home. Love the built in shelves!

posted by Lamename (Craigb) on April 27, 2011 at 2:25pm
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Lovely little house, looks so cozy!

posted by harlotz on April 28, 2011 at 2:39am
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how is this place in first, its so lame!

posted by durdek555 on April 28, 2011 at 12:58am
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I agree, I dont know why this home is in first place... It's not cool...

posted by wwtimer on April 28, 2011 at 1:08am
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LOVE the kitchen and bathroom. I'm so jealous of your home.

posted by heartspyrex on April 28, 2011 at 1:36pm
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Charming, unpretentious. You've got my vote.

posted by gdopanos on April 28, 2011 at 4:58pm
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not my style. a bit boring. but hey, to each there own.

posted by dopasitty on April 28, 2011 at 7:03pm
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Thanks for all the nice comments everyone. And for the not so nice comments (all posted by people who created new accounts today) lets play nice people. We long term Apt Therapy peeps try to be supportive and constructive. And what's wrong with a bit of friendly competition?

posted by chaight on April 28, 2011 at 7:15pm
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My account is pretty new too :( But I try to be constructive! I agree about the brown walls: It's a revelation. It makes the space warmer, but also calmer. Maybe a little bit too dark, but it's ok for the room in which you are anyway only going to sleep.

posted by Miss Cosas on April 29, 2011 at 5:33pm
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Lovely home, its warm and modern while honoring its roots.

posted by mascanlon on April 30, 2011 at 10:43am
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i love the space ---- beautiful and interesting...and perfect!

posted by rowleygray on April 30, 2011 at 11:02am
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posted by naoew433 on April 30, 2011 at 11:05am
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720 sq ft? I dont think so. Your house, is much larger considering you have a full size basement, and a large front and back yard. What happened to SMALL cool? AT hsould have never let you enter this competition. "Your tainting it for the rest of us." LOL But hey if you wanna compete against our apt you best be ready for the heavy competition. But please dont be sour. Just because we are first and kicking butt!! good luck, your gonna need it!!

FYI, no "pink refrigerator and turquoise Formica countertops" we have better taste then you

posted by Johnnydangerously on April 30, 2011 at 11:19am
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and for one who's complaining about a spike in votes... you just gained 50 votes in the last few hours, so hmmmm to you lady. someone creating fake e-mail accounts??

posted by Johnnydangerously on April 30, 2011 at 11:21am
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Yeah, seriously. I'm not Cate.

posted by Ginger LaLuxe on April 30, 2011 at 1:10pm
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It's charming, well-maintained, and lovely, but I didn't vote for it as one of my favorites in the category because it's not. I am not her. And I didn't vote for her.

posted by Ginger LaLuxe on April 30, 2011 at 1:17pm
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Thanks for the support everyone. I'd like very much for the tone to be supportive and friendly in this competition. After all, it is only about home design; we're not saving the world here.

Just to set the record straight:
My square footage according to the city's records is 624, and the unpermitted back room brings it up to 720. As for outdoor space, that has never counted towards the square footage of any house ever. And I doubt I'm the only one in this contest with a yard.

Also, I haven't created any fake e-mail addresses. A friend posted on her blog for me, thus the votes I'm getting today.

Thanks again.

posted by chaight on April 30, 2011 at 5:14pm
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Cate, love the apartment and the quilt makes it look just perfect. Stopped by to check out all the entries from Allissa's blog. Good luck and you are all so inspiring.

posted by nancimoy on April 30, 2011 at 5:59pm
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Here from Alissa's blog, and just joined up (finally!) to favourite your place. Good luck! I loved your colours and those amazing office shelves when I first saw your house tour months ago, and am glad for the push to join up and vote.

posted by AnnaOz on April 30, 2011 at 7:18pm
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this is the one!

posted by rowleygray on May 1, 2011 at 10:36am
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Just noticed that the red and white "bird tree piece of art" also appeared in the winning entry for the Small Cool 2009. Maybe it's auspicious?

posted by Warrior Two on May 1, 2011 at 4:16pm
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Here from Alissa's blog. Love your little place. The office shelves are fantastic as is the art work. Good luck.

posted by Vanessa123 on May 1, 2011 at 10:48pm
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