A Good Home: A California Couple Find Their Dream Home

A couple of California retirees lift bales and mix up plaster for a home so warm and nurturing that they rarely want to leave.

Susan calls this guest bedroom “the cave” because it offers a cozy, nurturing feeling that offsets the large, open spaces in the rest of the house. In the evening, guests can open the window to the patio to enjoy the cool breeze, gentle splashing of the fountain, and the flowering epiphyllum cacti. The handmade cradle and pine chest belonged to Susan’s mother. Susan’s great uncle made the bows in the corner. She used them as a child but won’t risk stringing them now because of their age and frailty.