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Featured Shop: A Living Space

Jul 18, 2014

by A Living Space

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! We are Chris and Julia, and we sell vintage and handmade decor in our shop, A Living Space. Last year we moved across America, from Massachusetts to our new home in Ojai, California.

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A Living Space was born from a love of all things vintage and a tiny studio apartment. Chris and I started collecting vintage for ourselves after college, but soon our living space was rather full, so we had to either stop buying stuff or start selling it off. We both loved spending our spare time searching thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales for treasures, so we opted to sell! We always joke that Etsy basically saved us from becoming hoarders.

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For the first two years of our shop’s life, it was purely a vintage business. During that time, I had been making things to add handmade touches to our home. After Chris and I moved cross-country we started feeling like our shop needed a change, so I finally listened to his encouragement and worked on getting some of my handmade goodies listed for sale.

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I’m not always aware of what inspires me while I’m making things, but looking back, it’s very clear that our new home has played a big part in the evolution of my designs. I can’t get over the colors of the California landscape – particularly the beautiful Ojai valley where we live – as well as the mix of modern and southwestern design that is everywhere here.

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Living in a small apartment is a challenge with a business like ours, but we make it work. Our small back room basically serves as a storage space with shelves of vintage and bins of items to be sold, my art supplies, and shipping supplies. With no room for a designated studio, most work around here gets done at the kitchen table, but we also do a lot in the large airy art workshop at the private high school where Chris teaches digital arts and photography. Taking beautiful photos is super important to us, so we’re very lucky to have access to a space with white walls and great natural light.

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One of the things we love most about our Etsy shop is the opportunity to work together. We both have strong design sensibilities, but over the years we’ve realized that our combined style is so much more interesting and well-rounded. We definitely prefer to go vintage shopping together, and we always come home with a better mix of goods when we do.

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All photographs by A Living Space.

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Protea and Butterfly Tea Towel - Colorful Floral Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
Protea and Butterfly Tea Towel - Colorful Floral Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
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Donkey 8x10 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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Cactus Notepad - Cacti Succulent Garden To Do Notes Paper Pad
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Fox 5x7 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
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2 Cactus Tea Towels - Colorful Illustrated Cacti Flour Sack Kitchen Towels
2 Cactus Tea Towels - Colorful Illustrated Cacti Flour Sack Kitchen Towels
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Made to Order Custom Copper and Wool Felt Medium Genuine Antler
Made to Order Custom Copper and Wool Felt Medium Genuine Antler
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Love Card - I Love You to the Moon and Back - Valentine's Day Card
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Cactus Fine Art Photograph
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Yak 8x10 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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Donkey 5x7 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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Lime and Orange Blendo Set - Chartreuse Green Pitcher with a Gold Band and Orange Frosted Glasses
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Made to Order Custom Copper and Wool Felt Large Genuine Antler
Made to Order Custom Copper and Wool Felt Large Genuine Antler
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Choose 3 Tea Towels - Colorful Illustrated Flour Sack Kitchen Towels
Choose 3 Tea Towels - Colorful Illustrated Flour Sack Kitchen Towels
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Cactus Garden 5x7 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
Cactus Garden 5x7 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
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Choose 2 Tea Towels - Colorful Illustrated Flour Sack Kitchen Towels
Choose 2 Tea Towels - Colorful Illustrated Flour Sack Kitchen Towels
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Evil Eye Tea Towel - Colorful Eye Hands Moons Geometric Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
Evil Eye Tea Towel - Colorful Eye Hands Moons Geometric Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
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Joshua Tree Tea Towel - Desert Flora and Fauna Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
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Cactus Tea Towel - Colorful Cacti and Succulents Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
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Cactus Tea Towel - Flowering Cacti Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
Cactus Tea Towel - Flowering Cacti Flour Sack Kitchen Towel
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$18.00 USD
Made to Order Custom Copper Leaf and Felted Wool Wrapped Real Antler
Made to Order Custom Copper Leaf and Felted Wool Wrapped Real Antler
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Embroidered Stuffed Lion Cub with Tassel Tail - Small Red Stuffed Animal Vintage Ethnic Pincushion
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Vintage Mexican Saltillo Serape Blanket - Beautiful Southwestern Textile
Vintage Mexican Saltillo Serape Blanket - Beautiful Southwestern Textile
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$128.00 USD
Orange Handwoven Wool Blanket - Shibori Dyed Throw Blanket Shawl
Orange Handwoven Wool Blanket - Shibori Dyed Throw Blanket Shawl
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Hanging Plants 5x7 Art Print - Macrame Succulents and Cactus Giclée Print
Hanging Plants 5x7 Art Print - Macrame Succulents and Cactus Giclée Print
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Hanging Plants 8x10 Art Print - Macrame Succulents and Cactus Giclée Print
Hanging Plants 8x10 Art Print - Macrame Succulents and Cactus Giclée Print
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Moon Love 8x10 Art Print - I Love You to the Moon and Back Giclée Print
Moon Love 8x10 Art Print - I Love You to the Moon and Back Giclée Print
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$22.00 USD
Moon Love 5x7 Art Print - I Love You to the Moon and Back Giclée Print
Moon Love 5x7 Art Print - I Love You to the Moon and Back Giclée Print
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$16.00 USD
Fox Portrait 5x7 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
Fox Portrait 5x7 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
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Fox Portrait 8x10 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
Fox Portrait 8x10 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
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Chicken 8x10 Art Print - White and Black Hen Giclée Print
Chicken 8x10 Art Print - White and Black Hen Giclée Print
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Cactus Garden 8x10 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
Cactus Garden 8x10 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
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Cacti 8x10 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
Cacti 8x10 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Cacti 5x7 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
Cacti 5x7 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Cacti 8x10 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
Cacti 8x10 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Cacti 5x7 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Joshua Tree Cacti 8x10 Art Print - Flowering Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Prickly Pear Cacti 5x7 Art Print - Flowering Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Cactus Thank You Card - Prickly Pear Cacti
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Pink Cactus Fine Art Photograph - Purple Prickly Pear
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Pink Flowering Cactus Fine Art Photograph - Prickly Pear with Pink Flowers
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Prickly Pear Cactus Fine Art Photograph - Pink Fruiting Cactus
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Holiday Cactus Card - Prickly Pear Christmas Lights Greeting Card
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Copper Leaf and Hand Felted Real Antler - Pastels with Leather Hanging Strap
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Barn Owl 8x10 Art Print - Owl Woodland Giclée Print
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Red Fox 8x10 Art Print - Fox Portrait Giclée Print
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Mama Bird Card - Mother's Day Love Card - Lilac Breasted Roller Bird Card
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Prickly Pear Cacti 8x10 Art Print - Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Joshua Tree Cacti 5x7 Art Print - Flowering Cactus Plants Giclée Print
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Chicken 5x7 Art Print - Hen Giclée Print
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Serape Notepad - Colorful Notes To Do Paper Pad
Serape Notepad - Colorful Notes To Do Paper Pad
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Vintage Wood Pounder Toy - Pound-A-Way by A Right-Time Toy
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Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Long Time Pipe Woman
Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Long Time Pipe Woman
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Cactus Garden 8x10 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
Cactus Garden 8x10 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
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Cactus Garden 8x10 Art Print - Agave Prickly Pear Giclée Print
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Cactus Garden 5x7 Art Print - Agave Prickly Pear Giclée Print
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Cactus Garden 5x7 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
Cactus Garden 5x7 Art Print - Cacti Plants Giclée Print
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Heart Cactus Love Card - Valentine's Day Potted Cacti Card
Heart Cactus Love Card - Valentine's Day Potted Cacti Card
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Yak 5x7 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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I Love You Hanging with You - Friendship Love Card
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