Louisa Makes the Most of 400 Square Feet

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Name: Louisa + husband + schizophrenic cat
Location: Astoria — Queens, New York

Since we happen to have way more creativity than money just about everything in the apartment was either found (on the streets of NYC), bought at a yard-sale or flea-market or bargained for on some market in South America or Africa (such as a bunch of taqiyahs, wood masks or a few drums), then repainted, repurposed or banged up on the wall.

If I see something I love but cannot afford, few things will give me as much satisfaction as figuring out how I can recreate it.

I am from Sweden and my husband is from Ecuador (the cat is the only one who is a true New Yorker) so maybe our style could be described as Scandinavia meets the beach with a global twist. I am inspired by anything ethnic from suzanis to hand-woven baskets, I love typography, quotes and frames, and anything that was made by heart and creativity.

Our biggest challenge is the constant lack of space and my love for acquiring more stuff — though the benefits of this predicament include getting even more innovative with what space we have as well as more savings.

Thanks Louisa!

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