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Fire and Rain

As it approaches its centennial year, this cottage recently weathered devastating conditions and now stands as a beacon of hope for its historic community.

SPOT ON. Teak lounges were outfitted with fun polka-dot patterned cushions that complement the blackand- white striped chairs nearby. The brass Platner dining chair with mohair seat in the corner is one of Shannon’s favorite pieces.

The charm, character and construction of old cottages are all qualities cherished by their owners.

But there’s another quality that makes them even more special: They each have a story to tell, and though it was built nearly a century ago, this cottage’s story continues to unfold with the addition of a new, dramatic chapter.

The house is situated on Malibou Lake in a close-knit community established in 1922 as an enclave inhabited by Old Hollywood film stars. Rustic cottages dot the landscape surrounding the tranquil water, and it’s not unusual to see neighbors paddle by in their kayaks on a lazy afternoon The cottage has been owned and loved for the past decade by Shannon Ggem, a veteran interior designer, and her husband, Andy, a contractor in the luxury real-estate sector, who share the home with their cat and two dogs.

SURFS UP. A life-long surfer, Andy propped a 1980s board next to the front door to greet guests. The Lake House sign found floating in the lake was gifted to the homeowners by the neigh- borhood historian.

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