The view from one of the home's two bedrooms highlights the setting's appeal. The chair is a Salvation Army find, dressed up with Rose's handmade cushions and a cashmere throw. She also made the linen window dressing.
The home (on the right) abuts an inlet of the San Francisco Bay in San Rafael, CA.
Rose made the two ceiling lamp shades from crab nets that she lined with a remnant of ombre fabric.
To make the 9-square-foot kitchen work, Rose put a sideboard under the window for storage. Nailed to the wall is a scrap of corroded metal she found underneath an old water heater.
"My office is 30 inches by 71 inches," says Rose. Here it's reflected in a mirror hung by another crab net. "It's just big enough for a computer and a chest of drawers and me in the middle."
Rose framed a plain mirror with found driftwood, which she also used to create the legs of the side table. The tabletop is the end of a wine barrel, which she embellished with a scrap of rope. Salvaged galvanized buckets serve as wastebaskets throughout the home.
"I don't know why more people don't use glass backsplashes," says Rose. Here, she painted the back of a sheet of glass to match the wall and hung it with mirror mounts.
The waterfront room pictured here used to be a porch. On a beam over the sliding door, she and her husband have mounted a retractable movie screen. "At night we lie around on the couches and watch movies projected onto it," she explains.
"I had this wood for a long time and thought about it for a long time," says Rose. She created this headboard with the help of a nail gun in about 20 minutes. "If I get tired of it, I'm going to take it down," she adds.
"I've planted absolutely everything here," says Rose, listing fig trees, olive trees, lemon trees, grapes and more. They moved the entrance to the side of the home for privacy.
"I wanted to have rope handles, so I drilled four holes in every drawer I could find," Rose says. The pile on top is coral, driftwood and other beach detritus, onto which she tosses her jewelry to create the enticing look of a found heap of treasures.
The bedding pictured here is part of a series she created with dyed linen, based on nautical flags. She keeps the miniature bed around for no reason other than because she likes it.
Here, an old brass porthole that was in the house when she bought it is repurposed as a plant stand of sorts. Rose notes that there is a raccoon skull tucked somewhere in the current display.
In the bathroom, Rose mounted an Ikea sink on a teak double-layer sideboard. The cabinet fronts were created from bench tops she also purchased at Ikea.
"I cut up an old gate-leaf table to make that rack," Rose says. Hanging in the center is the key to a home in France she and her husband used to own.
"That stove is the only heating we have," Rose says. "And it's just never cold." When they moved in, she took out the ceilings, insulated the underside of the roof and planked it to make the home more temperature-efficient.
"This is the view from my bed," Rose says. "I wake up and watch the raccoons tap-dancing on my neighbor's dock." The small table, with a marble top and a carved wood base, came from her grandmother's home in Scotland.