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17th Century mindset

Jenijoy La Belle, left, says her 1920s cottage “has great flow.” Her living room has timbered ceilings and arched walls; Zeus looks down from an oversized fireplace, and a Farahan Sarouk rug radiates color. Below, a hanging sculpture adds whimsy. (Al Seib / LAT)
The library, a stand-alone room with a fireplace, is a favorite spot for Jenijoy La Belle’s dinner parties. “I have to run out here from the kitchen with the food, but it’s a very short distance. And friends like the fact that they can easily reach for a dictionary when we debate the meaning of a word.” (Al Seib / LAT)
The bedroom, with its wood floors and wood-beamed ceiling, hold many of La Belle’s treasures and books. (Al Seib / LAT)
A golden bicycle from Portugal hangs on the front porch. (Al Seib / LAT)