When couple Tayler and Nate Gunn first saw their future home, boarded up by the city and having sat vacant for years, they didn’t quite know what to expect. To their surprise, they immediately fell in love with the potential of this home’s 1940’s character. The space features wall-to-wall windows (that light!) and commanding pine beams in the ceiling, both of which are original. Being a small business owner, Tayler and her family are home a lot, and she knew she wanted their space to feel relaxing while maintaining style, and be able to complement her minimalist, neutral design sensibilities.
Built in the 1940s, the home is one of the only historical buildings left in this area of Carlsbad. It was first owned by a famous bird watcher, and comes with all the quirks and attention to detail that can be lacking in a new construction home. The space was in dire need of some TLC and Tayler was up for the challenge. See how this couple brought this home back to life below!
Tayler and her family recently moved to California from Utah to follow their ultimate dream of living by the beach. She has two boys Remy and Sage, and her and Nate own a baby carrier company called WildBird. Her affinity for working with textiles and natural fabrics for the business overflows into their home, creating a calming and balanced space.
“The house is light and bight and has the original pine ceiling. I love for my decor to be natural colors and to have my pops of color come through with rugs.”
Because the windows are original to the house, the couple didn’t want to replace them for more traditional ones and lose the home’s unique charm. “There are a ton of them and they are unique shapes. The house feels like a fishbowl without anything on them. I didn’t want to cover them up by putting binds on them or make the house dark so we put up white thin curtains to give us privacy but still let in lots of light”.