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Design from A to Z: B is For Bungalow

by Erin Austen Abbott

What is a bungalow? There are many types around the world, but the ones that we are most accustomed to are the Craftsman and the California. These are usually one-story homes with dormer windows, built-in cabinets in the living room, and a porch running across the front of the home. They became popular after World War 1, because of the cost to build them and their manageable size. Many were sold in kits from companies like Sears, which is why they are so distinguishable.

I’ve lived in many different bungalows in my life and they are my favorite style of home. They always seem to be the perfect size, quaint, and packed with personality, with all the built-in features that vary from house to house. I lived in two different ones in Tampa, FL; a pink California bungalow and a traditional Craftsman. I lived in an Chalet-style bungalow in St. Petersburg, FL, a yellow California in Memphis, TN, a Craftsman in Los Angeles, and a raised bungalow in Seattle, WA. I’m pretty sure my current house would be considered a bungalow, too, but I’m not sure the type it falls under.

Given my past residences, I feel pretty well versed in this topic, so I hope you enjoy this roundup of different bungalows that we have featured here on D*S over the years. —

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We can't get enough of all the charming details we find packed into the quaint and classic bungalow. Read on to see some of our favorites.
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This mint bungalow in Florida, belonging to Melissa and Sean and their in-home floral studio, is so charming.
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Making use of the classic built-in shelving around the fireplace in the Portland, OR home of Jaclyn Campanaro makes it one of our favorite bungalows.
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Surrounded by childhood memories, handmade objects and cherished finds, the garden bungalow of Wandie Kabule and her partner James Beard is filled with warmth.
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I love the layers of pattern in this hallway so much! Makes sense that it belongs to textile designer Kathryn Maresca of Savannah, GA.
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The light palette of Anne Sage's Los Angeles bungalow feels transportive.
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The palette in the master bedroom belonging to Jeran McConnel is so calming.
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The Austin, TX bungalow of Claire and Parker Brody is full of color and life, as displayed in their guest room.
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The bungalow elements of the home belonging to Erin McRoberts, her partner Graham Turner, two roommates and a couple of dogs, give this Richmond, WA bungalow a colorful, classic feel.
The dreamy front porch of jewelry designer Kiersten Crowley has "bungalow" written all over it.

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  • The bungalow has always been one of my favorites! Love that you showcased some really beautiful ones here. Can’t wait for ‘C’! ;)


  • I have a fairly new love and appreciation for bungalows: Nineteen months ago my husband and I bought a 1930 bungalow in Tennessee that was previously abandoned for 20 years, and we’ve been gutting and remodeling the place ever since.

    • Hi Tricia

      I’m sorry this makes you sad. I appreciate all types of home style choices because, at the end of the day, the people that have made certain choices have done so to make their home comfortable and attractive for themselves. Their choices might not be my choices, but anyone customizing their homes in a thoughtful way that works for them makes me smile.


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