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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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Donkey 8x10 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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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Hand Felted Shed Antler with Copper Leaf Accents - Orange and Pink Boho Stripes
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Fox 5x7 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
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Raccoon 5x7 Art Print - Woodland Giclée Print
Raccoon 5x7 Art Print - Woodland Giclée Print
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Red Fox 5x7 Art Print - Fox Portrait Giclée Print
Red Fox 5x7 Art Print - Fox Portrait Giclée Print
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Three Notepads - Fox, Serape, Cactus Notes Paper Pads
Three Notepads - Fox, Serape, Cactus Notes Paper Pads
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Braided Wicker Bull Statue
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Embroidered Stuffed Animal with Pom Pom - Small Vintage Ethnic Pincushion
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Honor Roll Enamel Pin - Vintage Pin - Graduation Gift
Honor Roll Enamel Pin - Vintage Pin - Graduation Gift
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Vintage Kaj Franck Enamel Mushroom Bowl - Arabia Finland Finel Enamelware
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Copper Leaf and Hand Felted Real Antler - Blue, Gold, and Grey
Copper Leaf and Hand Felted Real Antler - Blue, Gold, and Grey
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Pendleton One Shoulder Backpack - Vintage Wool Rucksack Messenger Bag Purse
Pendleton One Shoulder Backpack - Vintage Wool Rucksack Messenger Bag Purse
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Welby Wood Clock - Mid Century Modern Square Vintage Clock
Welby Wood Clock - Mid Century Modern Square Vintage Clock
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Thank You Card - Hanging Plants
Thank You Card - Hanging Plants
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I Love You Hanging with You - Friendship Love Card
I Love You Hanging with You - Friendship Love Card
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Fox Birthday Card
Fox Birthday Card
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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
Cactus Fine Art Photograph
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Prickly Pear Cactus Fine Art Photograph - Pink Fruiting Cactus
Prickly Pear Cactus Fine Art Photograph - Pink Fruiting Cactus
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Pink Cactus Fine Art Photograph - Purple Prickly Pear
Pink Cactus Fine Art Photograph - Purple Prickly Pear
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Yak 8x10 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
Yak 8x10 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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$22.00 USD
Donkey 5x7 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
Donkey 5x7 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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$16.00 USD
Yak 5x7 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
Yak 5x7 Art Print - Boho Party Animal Giclée Print
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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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$82.00 USD
Heart Cactus Love Card - Valentine's Day Potted Cacti Card
Heart Cactus Love Card - Valentine's Day Potted Cacti Card
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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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$22.00 USD
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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$16.00 USD
Fox Portrait 8x10 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
Fox Portrait 8x10 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
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$22.00 USD
Chicken 8x10 Art Print - White and Black Hen Giclée Print
Chicken 8x10 Art Print - White and Black Hen Giclée Print
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$22.00 USD
Barn Owl 8x10 Art Print - Owl Woodland Giclée Print
Barn Owl 8x10 Art Print - Owl Woodland Giclée Print
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$22.00 USD
Red Fox 8x10 Art Print - Fox Portrait Giclée Print
Red Fox 8x10 Art Print - Fox Portrait Giclée Print
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$22.00 USD
Chicken 5x7 Art Print - Hen Giclée Print
Chicken 5x7 Art Print - Hen Giclée Print
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Love is Love Card - Valentine's Day LGBT Serape Card
Love is Love Card - Valentine's Day LGBT Serape Card
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Copper Leaf and Hand Felted Real Antler - Pastels with Leather Hanging Strap
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Cactus Garden Birthday Card
Cactus Garden Birthday Card
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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 - Plume
Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Plume
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Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Little Plume
Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Little Plume
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Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Big Face Chief
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Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Long Time Pipe Woman
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Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Night Shoots
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Vintage Native American Litho Print by Winold Reiss - Morning Bird
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1920's Pull Down School Map - Hart American History Series - USA Politics and Transportation Maps
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Grizzly Bear 5x7 Art Print - Woodland Giclée Print
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Barn Owl 5x7 Art Print - Owl Woodland Giclée Print
Barn Owl 5x7 Art Print - Owl Woodland Giclée Print
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Owl 8x10 Art Print - Great Horned Owl Woodland Giclée Print
Owl 8x10 Art Print - Great Horned Owl Woodland Giclée Print
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Fox 8x10 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
Fox 8x10 Art Print - Red Fox Woodland Giclée Print
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Two Notepads - Fox, Serape, Cactus Notes Paper Pads
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Owl 5x7 Art Print - Great Horned Owl Woodland Giclée Print
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Serape Notepad - Colorful Notes To Do Paper Pad
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Fox Notepad - What Does the Fox Say?
Fox Notepad - What Does the Fox Say?
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Raccoon 8x10 Art Print - Woodland Giclée Print
Raccoon 8x10 Art Print - Woodland Giclée Print
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Grizzly Bear 8x10 Art Print - Woodland Giclée Print
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