Giovan & Chloe's Handmade Honeymoon Home

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Name: Giovan & Chloe
Location: Fabric District — Los Angeles

We’re a newly married couple living in our dream loft in beautiful Downtown Los Angeles. Our loft was originally an office space with no shower or kitchen, but we loved it so much that they threw in some cabinets, appliances and a shower to call it a living space.

We moved in just over a year ago – March 2010- and have enjoyed every moment of making it go from a loft to our home. Being newly married, we’re on a tight budget with lots to save for, and I pretty much refuse to buy Ikea-so most, if not all of our furniture are thrift store, estate sale, and curbside finds. Most of them we didn’t even have to refurbish as they fit our color scheme perfectly, and I value imperfections.

Our main area of concern when we moved in was the closet space (or lack thereof) – as this was originally an office it supplied only a small coat closet which we use for our cleaning supplies. Once again, being on a budget and not wanting to shop Ikea, we were left with one option-to build our own closet. Though it’s only been about 80% done for the last several months, we were both impressed with Giovan’s new found woodworking skills…which led to a DIY bar, shelf, and library card catalog cabinet turned coffee table.

Thanks, Giovan & Chloe!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.