The "Cookie Cutter Condo to Creative Open Space" Makeover

The "Cookie Cutter Condo to Creative Open Space" Makeover

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Janel Laban
Feb 6, 2015

Project by: Ana
Location: Seattle, WA

The one thing I love and appreciate most in life, besides my baby son Magnus and awesome husband Jordan, is working with my hands. The process of creation amazes me every time, and I look down at my hands and thank them for being healthy and strong, then I realize I should thank my eyes, brain and heart for caring on an artistic drive in me year after year.

I am trained as an interior designer, and carry with me at all times a bag full of experiences from working in the design industry, to construction, bartending, fishing in the Bering Sea, traveling, and a born and raised Eastern European - all influence my choices when it comes to designing or simply making anything.



So here is our first home, a 1200 sq ft, condo in Seattle WA. After moving around the country for almost a decade we decided Seattle fits our life style best. We bough a condo and started working. We did everything ourselves in 9 months with a 15K budget (including furniture), and two months to relax and finish the punch list before our first born came to life.

I loved being pregnant and figuring out what our home needed to feel, look, and give us as a new family. Although hard to imagine living a life we've never lived, I was able to design and build together with Jordan, a nest that gives us functionality, and creativity all around, allowing us to sit at different stations and create our art, while we go about our days cooking and raising our son.


I wanted a space that is inspiring and playful with industrial touches, all shelves, brackets, and desks are made by us. I think the little plant holders were the most fun to make and create the display with.

See more of Ana's creativity and work on her site: Designs by Ana

Thanks, Ana!

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