I feel so blessed to have been invited into the home of Rebecca O’Becca this past weekend for a tour of her absolutely charming cottage located in the amazing Seal Beach, CA. It was such a pleasure to get to experience her great taste in design up close (rather than through her window, late at night, like I usually do).
Rebecca- or Amanda as she goes by with friends- has an absolute eye for the details and her home is a trove of wonderful trinkets and splashes of pure joy. I could spend hours exploring all the nooks and crannies of Amanda’s (or Nelly, as she sometimes goes by) space. She says she gets that a lot and it’s hard to make people leave- and I am not surprised!
“I think I’m mostly inspired by the sounds of the world around me,” mused Nelly, née Isabella, as we sat down to tea at her country table salvaged from the wreckage of a small yacht she once destroyed. “You see the hat hanging on the wall over there? I woke up from a dream one night and couldn’t stop thinking of the word phantasmagoria and the way it sounded when I said it out loud to my empty room. The next day I hung that hat.”
Isabella’s- or Tina, as she insisted I call her- one bedroom is definitely cozy, but she says it’s the perfect size for her solo lifestyle. “I got the house originally so I could hold seances without being interrupted by my roommate. It was so annoying to be in the middle of something so dangerous and then have your roommate yelling ‘Did you eat my cheese, Matilda??’ That sort of irreverent behavior can really anger a spirit or invite a demon into your home. And it’s really hard to get rid of them once they start following you. I don’t know if you’ve seen any of those movies about demons, but they can do some really crazy stuff. I try to burn sage every night above my bed to be safe but it doesn’t always work. I think that’s why I got into decorating, it really calms me. Adding cute details helps take my mind off what might be haunting me. And don’t get me wrong, not all spirits are out to harm us- but a lot are. And no amount of cat shaped planters are going to keep them away (sadly!). I also have to be really careful about mirrors. Mirrors are an absolute invitation to a bad spirit to enter our realm so I don’t use them when decorating. To be honest, it is a bit fun to have something that sort of limits my design options because I think it helps fuel creativity when I have to think around obstacles. I also try not to use any recently deceased animal carcasses in my interior design. That one is a lot harder to avoid, but I do my best.”