A 1930's Cottage That Was a Costume Designer's Muse

It's a surprisingly bright and colorful space for the woman who worked on The Godfather II.

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Bonnie and Clyde, The Godfather II, and Myra Breckinridge — all three of these films a stylish common denominator: Theadora Van Runkle, the costume designer who brought the wardrobes of each picture to life. 

And tucked away in Laurel Canyon, California is her own real-life translation of her craft. Hidden at the end of a long driveway is a 1930's cottage, sitting atop nearly half an acre. This home belonged to Van Runkle, and served as her private haven, studio and source of inspiration.

"I'd never designed anything before,"  told the Los Angeles Times, in reference to her work on Bonnie and Clyde. "But I knew fashion. I knew style. I knew construction." And her home is certainly further proof of that.

The majority of the cottage is dressed in shabby-chic white (with the exposed beams and other wood details to match). The neutral hue acts as a canvas for some magnificent pops of color — art, ceramics, rugs, and other antiques offer an unexpected element at every turn. 

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High ceilings — and a winding staircase — make the home appear larger than life. But the eclectic accents ensure that a cozy vibe persists.

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Celebrated house guests — including John Lennon — once gathered in the home and its surrounding gardens. 

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Van Runkle died in 2011, and the cottage is now . But can you really put a price on home that served as an artist's muse? You can — and it's a cool $1.8 million.

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