Artist Lynn Hanson’s little cottage

Published February 20, 2012 by housecrazy

One of my favorite visual artists is Lynn Hanson. I love her earthy, moody, naturalistic artwork, but I am also a huge fan of her adorable (and now famous) house in Venice, California.

image from: latimes.com

I first saw Lynn’s house in a 2010 article in Country Collectables’ Cottage Style magazine. I found her home so charming, that I kept the magazine, just for the photos of her 1921 bungalow.

image from: Cottage Style Magazine 2010 (#56)

Whenever I’m cranky, or agitated, or overwhelmed I pick up that magazine and flip immediately to Lynn Hanson’s seaside cottage. It just seems to calm me and transport me to a peaceful, happy place.

image from: "natural wonder" - Cottage Style magazine 2010 (#56)

I scanned all the photos onto my computer, and though it didn’t do the color palette justice, you get a sense of the simple, vintage beauty of her place.

image from: Cottage Style magazine 2010 (#56)

Lynn bought her home in 1983 and has been making it her own ever since.

Many other people have taken delight in Hanson’s 762 square foot cottage – it is routinely featured on the Venice Studio Artwalk and Venice Secret Garden tours – and so I was able to find additional public pictures of her house & garden online.

image from: ciaotraveler.blogspot.com

The L.A. Times recently did a pictorial of her home.

So I thought it would be fun to compare some older pictures and newer pictures side-by-side.

Have a look…

(recent pic)

image from: latimes.com

(2010 magazine pic)…

image from: Cottage Style magazine 2010 (#56)

Lynn loves to change things up – she seems to have the wonderful mania of an artist who can’t leave any surface untouched. She even paints her kitchen floor on a regular basis: “At some point, I tired of my black-and-white checkerboard kitchen floor and started painting it trompe l’oiel vintage-linoleum style with a turkey duster.” [excerpted from “natural wonder” Cottage Style 2010 (#56)]

Living room:

(recent pic)…

image from: latimes.com

(2010 magazine pic)…

image from: Cottage Style magazine 2010 (#56)

(recent pic)…

image from: latimes.com

The decor (in recent photos) seems to have veered a little more toward sharp primary accent colors, and less pastel, soft blues and sea greens. Both schemes are attractive – I can’t decide which one I like better!

image from: Cottage Style 2010 (#56)

(recent pic)…

image from: latimes.com

(2010 magazine pic)…

image from: Cottage Style magazine 2010 (#56)

I appreciate the tousled bed covers… so natural, so candid (but probably totally staged for that picture!)

Here’s the other portion of the master bedroom that my scanner cut off:

image from: Cottage Style magazine 2010 (#56)

I love how Lynn rotates the artwork in her home as she acquires (or creates) new pieces…

image from: lagunadirt.blogspot.com

image from: latimes.com

You can see in the picture below (of Lynn’s daughter’s room) and a couple of the others above, that Lynn’s artwork has migrated around the house.

image from: Cottage Style 2010 (#56)

The loveliness, however, extends far beyond the actual house. It spills out into the garden and the art studio that Lynn converted from an old carport.

image from: ciaotraveler.blogspot.com

image from: latimes.com

image from: lynnhanson.com

image from: ciaotraveler.com

image from: facebook.com/LynnHansonStudio

For a detailed tour of Lynn’s garden and studio, see the phenomenal photos that Janine Robinson took in May, 2011 – now featured on her blog at: Laguna Dirt.

image from: latimes.com

It’s amazing how the natural, ephemeral decor just flows effortlessly throughout Lynn’s entire property. Her airy, beachy cottage is enchanting. Though small, Lynn’s charming bungalow delights one’s senses at every turn.

My house is like my mind: There’s a lot going on,” she says. “I’m always dragging in new things.” [excerpted from latimes.com feature article Cottage as her canvas: the home of Venice artist Lynn Hanson ]

If you would like to learn more about artist Lynn Hanson, see her website here and her blog here.

ps… I am so inspired by her house and her artwork that I feel like taking a turkey baster to my own kitchen floor! (…or was that a “duster” that she used?)

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9 comments on “Artist Lynn Hanson’s little cottage

  • I am here via Cozy Little House. Saw your comment and clicked.

    In 1957, I spent the summer in Venice CA. My mother’s cousin lived in one of the little cottages on the Venice Canals. So cute, but a tad different from the beautifully restored canal cottages, I am seeing these days. It was a memorable summer. I visited that little cottage often.

    Lynn’s beautiful seaside cottage is very similar to the ones I saw over 50 years ago and hope to never forget.

    Thanks so much for this post and links.

  • I am one of Lynn’s other sisters ( we are a family of 4 girls. I want to comment on Lynn’s house. Her house is actually a home that has been created lovingly by her-it is so much a creation of who she is, every little detail was chosen by her or given to her based on her likes and her personality. Her studio is especially a story of her childhood and her hometown, Worthington, Minn., just a small midwest town that provided the opportunity to be a free spirit, to ride your bike anywhere about town and to establish a real sense of individuality. (My Mom , whom we labeled the sarge) ran a tight ship but really nurtured the idea of 4 girls that were totally different -she felt that was the ultimate compliment. We use to have salamander races, and also as pets, ladybugs, toads, birds,snakes, and the most elaborate funerals for every one of them, led by funeral director,minister and chief kleenex box casketmaker, sister Lynn Laurel. She had a love for every living thing and nothing went unoticed, no matter what age she was, firefly, dragonfly, or skeleton remains of the same or some insect, reptile or other animal . It is true that people who are interested in biology or botany are also attracted to art , color, texture , shape. This explains why she has such a interesting cottage and studio. She also is a romanticist, loving things that bring back memories of the past, vintage clothing,fabrics, old fashioned flower gardensand “Treasures of the past There is no doubt that people love and remember her cottage, just as they love her as a person and a true friend, a great sister, just as all 3 of my sisters are. From the heart, Karen Hanson Donahue no. 2 of 4

    • Thanks for sharing your awesome memories Karen! You and your sisters sound like you all were (and still are) very close! There’s nothing like salamander races to keep a family together! 🙂

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