Shannon McLaren, the owner of Prairie Home Styling, spent three years courting her Newport Beach, California, neighbor, leaving letters in her mailbox telling her how much she admired her home. “I just loved the bones of it,” she says. The circa-1960 house has windows and character galore, and it sits on a half-acre lot surrounded by 20-foot trees, so it is also incredibly private. As it turned out, the friendly correspondence paid off in 2019, when her neighbor said the place was for sale and was McLaren’s if she wanted it. “It had been a long time coming,” says the designer.