Interior designer Kirsten Marie had come to know one of her clients so well that when the client’s children had flown the nest, Marie told her she should sell her large estate and move into a mobile home the client owned in Paradise Cove of Malibu, California. The client was skeptical at first, but it turned out that ditching the big house was the best decision she’d ever made. There was only one problem: She didn’t have enough room to comfortably lodge guests.
Thinking of her adult children’s and friends’ visits, she snapped up the 600-square-foot mobile home next door when it went on the market, then left it in the hands of Marie and Marie’s brother, contractor Jens Holst. She gave them free rein over everything from large remodeling decisions to choosing towels and soaps. While a relaxing and chic getaway feeling was the goal, they also designed the home to function as a full-time residence should the need arise.
Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: A homeowner houses her guests here.
Location: Malibu, CaliforniaSize: 600 square feet (56 square meters); 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
Interior design: Kirsten Marie Inc.
The guesthouse’s sliding doors, shown here, did not take full advantage of the views of Paradise Cove, and a large TV and stand clunked up the room.
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