Erin & Velcro's Crafty Urban Cottage

Erin & Velcro's Crafty Urban Cottage

Alysha Findley
May 27, 2011

Name: Erin Fleckenstein and Velcro, her 17 year old cat
Location: Altadena — CA
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 2 — rented

Nestled up near the San Gabriel mountains in Altadena lies Erin's breezy, light-filled cozy getaway. A maker of all things fabric, knit, art, and food you can really see her unique and personal style throughout her lovely little home. From the furniture that her father made to the quilt that covers her bed, many of her treasures were handmade with love. It's these personal touches that add to the warmth and inviting nature that Erin's home exudes.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Organic Crafty Urban Retro

Inspiration: I love minimal modern design but am incapable of living in a minimal space. I get inspiration from all kinds of places: artists' studios, friend's homes, blogs, apartment therapy, antique stores, retro fabulous things, the modern crafty movement.

Favorite Element: The light, the nook in the bedroom and my dad's furniture. I love that I have windows on every side, the changing light throughout the day is awesome and I get great air flow through my place. The little dressing nook in the bedroom is great for storage and a lot of fun. And my dad's furniture is something that I really treasure. I love his style and that he made the pieces for me.

Biggest Challenge: The limited amount of counter space in the kitchen. I know that there are much smaller kitchens out there but I downsized from a kitchen with over 20 linear feet of counter space so going back to a little apartment kitchen is a challenge sometimes when I throw dinner parties or cook up batches of jam.

What Friends Say: I get a lot of compliments about the great natural light and the adjective "airy" is used often. And people say that it's "very Erin".

Biggest Embarrassment: The amount of Ikea I own.

Proudest DIY: My quilts and paintings. I rent and the space didn't require me to DIY much so my arts & crafts are what I've done myself.

Biggest Indulgence: My kitchen equipment. I love to cook and quality tools make all the difference.

Best Advice: Acquire things deliberately, get quality stuff that you love and celebrate discardia regularly. Don't worry if stuff "matches" or if your home is perfect. It's *your* house, create a space that's comfortable. And get flowers regularly!

Dream Sources: DWR, my parent's house, Nakashima and some magical mythic thrift store.

Resources of Note:


    • Couch: Crate and Barrel
    • Pillows: Me
    • Bookcases: Ikea
    • Chairs, coffee table: thrift store finds
    • Benches, wall shelf and stool: Joe Fleckenstein
    • Rug: scavenged from a friend's garage
    • Desk: Ikea
    • Paintings: Me
    • Photographs: Me, Gary Higgins, Craig Smith
    • Wall hanging: Higgy


    • Bed, side tables and rug: Ikea
    • Chest: Lane cedar chest
    • Dressers: Ikea and thrift store
    • Rocking chair: a thrift store find that a friend's dad recaned.
    • Quilt and knit throw: Me
    • Wall hanging: Joe Fleckenstein
    • Art: Me

Thanks, Erin!

Images: Courtesy of Jeremy Ries

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