The best sort of home is the one you never want to leave, one where you can lay down your roots and stay in it for the long haul. Jeran McConnel, the maker and writer behind Oleander & Palm, found her “forever home” fourteen years ago, within the walls of a charming 1920s Bungalow in California. “We are committed to our neighborhood,” Jeran says. “While all our friends have moved on to bigger, newer homes, we don’t feel the need to go.” And with a historic home that has large windows, hardwood floors, and stunning built-in features, why would you? Over time, Jeran has made changes to her home—a nip-and-tuck here, a new rug there—but one thing has remained constant: the joy that this old home brings to her whole family. Check out all of the photos of Jeran’s home below!
“The first room guests see is our living room,” Jeran says. “There isn’t an entryway, so we float our sofa away from the wall and have a large mid century credenza along the wall to store keys and bags and all the messy “stuff” of real life. Because our house is small, we really do live a lot of our time in this room. Our furniture throughout our house is a mix of old ‘thrifted and found’ and new, but even our new pieces tend to have a more mid-century vibe to them. I love the clean, modern lines of mid-century furniture. Because our house is 1920s, keeping colors muted and the shapes modern helps our home to feel less antique-like and more young and fresh.”
“One of my favorite features of this house is the built-in china cabinet along the wall of the dining room. A few years ago, I painted this room a dark charcoal grey to give the white built-in a high contrast. Dining rooms always feel like they can be a little more dramatic and formal, and I think darker colors achieve that. My dining room table is a Danish mid-century piece that I found for a great deal. To keep from being too formal, I have a mixture of wood and metal chairs.”
“We kept the original breakfast nook exactly how it was. We eat most of meals at this table. With all the storage and countertop space, how could I even leave this house? I’d never find a kitchen this great.”
“Our bedroom furniture is a collection of mostly garage sale and thrift store finds that I’ve given makeovers to. Just this last Fall we bought our gorgeous brass bed and I finally felt like a real grown up after 17 years of marriage. We have traveled and lived overseas a lot, so this room has a lot a mementos from those places.”
“My son just started junior high, so we recently moved away from all his Star Wars bedding to a little more grown up look and feel. Sticking with patterns in neutral colors, his room can easily be updated and added to over the years. Both the desk and dresser in this room were pieces I painted and refinished years and years ago, but black never seems to go out of style.”
“My 14 and 4 year old daughters share this room. It’s not ideal, but with a small house it’s necessary. It’s a challenge to create a space that doesn’t feel too old or too young. The girls both still love pink, so this is the other room in our house that has a different color besides grey or white for the paint. It’s kind of a perfect pale pink, so we haven’t repainted it in over 7 years. Girls just seem to have and collect more stuff, so they each have their own bookcase to store all their collectibles and treasures.”