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Reed's decorating philosophy is simply based on the things she loves and has collected over the years. Everything she owns is either vintage or has a special story behind it. "I strongly believe in William Morris' saying 'Have nothing in your home that you do not believe to be useful or beautiful.'"
One of her favorite pieces is her craft cabinet, which was originally a food safe, found in Corralitos, California.
Pillows: some custom made with Jasper fabric, two from Flock Home; couch: Best Slip Cover Company
While working for Los Gatos, California, designer Joella Conover of Antiques & Interiors, Reed discovered her passion for fine English antiques and clean lines. "Joella has amazing taste," says Reed. All of the linens and natural elements give the home a sense of timeless elegance.
The coffee table is from the Santa Cruz post office. Reed reupholstered the vintage corner armchair with new fabric.
Reed added a hint of beach-style living with ocean-inspired decor such as this seashell door stopper. "I love the casual feel of Santa Cruz," says Reed. "You don't have to be fancy. People don't flaunt their money."
The backyard features captivating views of the Schwan Lagoon and the surrounding scenery. The sunny seating area is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea. "I am blessed to have the peace that the lake and the wildlife provide," says Reed.
Reed's next project is to give some love and attention to the landscaping. "I want to have parties out here," she says.