Photos: Mom, Dad, baby live happily in 380 square feet
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( Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times )
By David A. Keeps
A lot of families start out in small houses – just not this small. Kelly Breslin, Ryan Conder and their 9-month-old son, Thurston, live in a 380-square-foot 1950s house in Echo Park with living quarters built above the garage. The family also makes room for a mutt named Charlie. Conder and Breslin insist they prefer living small and don't let it cramp their style. The space is arranged for maximum efficiency but maintains the vibe of an artist's loft with a carefully edited selection of contemporary art and midcentury Danish and Italian furniture.
We recently dropped in on Breslin and Conder, owner of the men's clothing store South Willard. It wasn't an exhausting tour -- you're looking at about half of their home here -- but their designs for living (and parenting) were eye-opening.