There are so many design styles, artists and vintage pieces to love, I sometimes worry if I’m packing too much into my home. I don’t live in a giant space, and learning how to edit is something I’m constantly working on. Part of the challenge is how easy it is to find new treasures! With the click of a button, you can upgrade – and potentially overstuff – your space.
Keiko Brodeur and cartoonist Malachi Ward are no strangers to the challenge of fitting your big life into a small apartment. The two creatives used to live and work out of this 550-square-foot apartment in Pasadena, CA. Their growing collection of vintage finds and work supplies, however, quickly left them feeling boxed in by their space. “We literally had narrow walking paths between stacks of boxes,” Keiko explains. A year ago, the stress finally proved too much for the couple, and they decided that separating work and play was mandatory.
The couple immediately felt liberated once all of their tools were out of the picture and neatly stowed in the new studio. Eager to finally furnish the home of their dreams, they dove headfirst into decking out their one-bedroom apartment. Just like for me, an edited aesthetic didn’t come naturally to the couple. Their penchant for plants and irresistible accessories could have easily left their home feeling cramped, but they simply kept telling themselves to stick to the plan. What was that plan? To find the right balance between functionality and coziness – a warm space where they could relax. Their well-thought-out design decisions are so organic that they become invisible. All we see is a nest that’s so effortless and easy it’s hard to imagine the space looking any other way. I adore their home’s laid-back attitude, and I hope you do as well. Enjoy! —Garrett