It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment
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It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment

For our family room, I sewed my own pillows and found the mudcloth throw and basket at the Culver City farmers market. 

 (Lauren Bradshaw)
It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment

The Persian rug was found at a vintage shop. The fiddle leaf fig was the very first thing we bought in L.A. for our home, before our furniture had even arrived. It was just a couple feet tall and now almost reaches the ceiling.

 (Lauren Bradshaw)
It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment

We rent our apartment here in L.A. and are so lucky to have such beautiful details throughout, like the kitchen. We found the pink Persian rug at a nearby thrift store -- one of my favorite finds ever.

 (Lauren Bradshaw)
It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment
Most of our accessories have been found at vintage shops or flea markets. My husband and I used to do this on the weekends together before we had kids! (Lauren Bradshaw)
It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment

We live in a two-bedroom apartment so I keep my studio area as part of our room. This is where I do all of my sewing, and I use the desk as a nightstand. I made the desk using parts from IKEA and painted the legs gold. I found the chair on Craigslist and the lamp at CB2.

 (Lauren Bradshaw)
It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment

For our bedroom, we painted the room with a color I mixed myself using Benjamin Moore Opal and Farrow & Ball Pink Ground. My husband took the photograph on the wall. We found the lamp in our alleyway, which I sanded and re-stained. The nightstands were found at a vintage store; I repainted them in Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue. For the bedding, I made the coverlet and the pillows. I found the fabric for the striped pillows and the linen for the coverlet at the Fabric Store in L.A.

 (Lauren Bradshaw)
It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment
We found our desk at an antiques store, and the lamp from a vintage store. The chair is a recent find at IKEA.  (Lauren Bradshaw)
It pays to be crafty in a tiny apartment

Henry, 6, and Arlo, 2, share a room. I sewed the curtains in their room using fabric from IKEA. The print is from one of my best friends, Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. The fox is the original design for my children’s company, Walnut Animal Society. I did my own IKEA hack of the Rast dresser by painting the drawer fronts in a high-gloss green and getting new brass knobs. I stained the outside of the dresser and matched it to the bed, and used the glossy green on elements of the bed as well. 

 (Lauren Bradshaw)
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