Like most rooms in this lovely Pacific Palisades ranch house, the kitchen looks out on nature—specifically, the "fairy garden and creek" in the backyard. White open shelves, a long white countertop, and plenty of light from both the glass walls and the overhead skylight make this a wonderfully open and airy space.

The owner, Shiva, is a former actress and holistic activist, and she favors natural elements and colors in her decor. Wood and clay bowls line the shelves, while natural striped linen (perhaps from a vintage flour sack?) cover the backs of the island chairs.

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(Images: Marcia Prentice)