Miguez and K.D.'s Cozy Cottage with Vintage Flair

Miguez and K.D.'s Cozy Cottage with Vintage Flair

Bethany Nauert
Jun 8, 2011


Name: Miguez & KD
Location: Pasadena, CA
Size: 680 square feet (2 bedroom, 1 bathroom)
Years lived in: 3 months — rent

Miguez and K.D. have just moved into their Old Town cottage in Pasadena. The layout is quaint but just spacious enough to fit in their collected art and furniture as well as a home craft room doubling as an office. When they went in search of a new home, they really wanted a place that could offer space for entertaining and relaxation, as well as work.



This small cottage has a living room, a formal dining space, a kitchen and two bedrooms (one of which was converted to Miguez's craft room). When I asked where they furnished their home from, Miguez explained that they love shopping at places like World Market, yet have great luck at local thrift shops for vintage. They have mixed warm California rustic pieces with more classic choices like tufted ottomans and antique mirrors.

The kitchen especially was bright and inspiring, perfect for dinner parties and holidays! I loved her craft room, where she works hard creating jewelry and hobo bags for her Etsy shop.
This wonderful little home is part of a courtyard style complex of a few small cottages built around grassy walk way, welcomed by a white picket fence - the perfect lead in to a fun and lovely home.


Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Contemporary Cottage with Vintage Flair

Inspiration: We look for inspiration everywhere - blogs, hgtv, shops, catalogs, homes from AT. Before we even moved to our new place, we already had an idea on how we want our new home to look and feel. We're both glad that we are able to incorporate our choices and styles together so we end up loving every piece at home. Right now, our home is a mix of chain store + eBay + flea market + thrift store scavenger finds. All put together with trinkets & treasures from our travels, interest & hobbies all around the home always remind us of our favorite things & fond memories.
{Miguez} My Mom's style of decorating has always been an inspiration to me as well. I have always loved how she creates our home ever since we were kids. Up to now, I still ask her opinion on what to get, where to get and how to arrange pieces.

Favorite Element: Hardwood Floors + Dining Room - We love to cook + eat + entertain. This is a perfect little home where we actually have a dining room for meals & entertainment, which we didn't really have in our previous apartments.

Biggest Challenge: Generally, the small space didn't give us many options to arrange furniture and pieces. It was nice to move in with newly acquired furniture (not necessarily new) to actually fit every space and corner. We had to measure every space and every piece of furniture before buying. From there, finding the right pieces to put together without spending a fortune could by far be our biggest challenge.

What Friends Say: "It's very homey, warm and cozy!"

Biggest Embarrassment: Shoe Shelf/Organizer - We don't have space for shoes and we are now using an old bookshelf to make it work for now.

Proudest DIY: Decorating our home in three months! We were excited to move and make this our home and everyday since then is still a work-in-progress.
Small DIYs to note: 1) Installing Blinds 2) New Look for the Bedroom Chest Drawer / Vanity 3) Painted over Ikea Frame turned to Wall Mirror 4) "hello" Front Doormat 5) Built Ikea Pieces

Biggest Indulgence: Our forever favorite Dining Room - All elements were purchased new, piece by piece and were put together & blended perfectly like how we wanted it to look and feel.

Best Advice: Your home should be as comfortable as it can be and not just a mere showroom. We like the no-rules approach in decorating and just go with how you feel.

Dream Sources: We would love to shop from Anthropologie + Antique Shops + Flea Markets around the world


Resources of Note:


    • Landlord's White Paint


    • Key Hooks: World Market


    • Love Seat: Living Spaces
    • Accent Chair: Pier1 Imports
    • Vintage Lamp: Miguez's Mom
    • Buffet Table: Yard Sale
    • Los Angeles Poster: Ork Posters
    • Vintage Telephone, Vintage Globe: eBay
    • Throw Pillows & Accents: Home Goods
    • Mirror: Ikea
    • Vintage Accessories & Accents: Thrifted and/or Flea Market
    • Blinds: Blinds.com


    • Solid Wood Dining Table: Living Spaces
    • Solid Wood Bench, Dining Chairs: World Market
    • Wall Mirror: Kirkland's
    • Birdcage Decal: VinylGraffiti on Etsy
    • Blinds: Blinds.com


    • Microwave Carts: Target.com
    • Salt & Pepper Collection and Accents: Thrifted
    • Wall Art: eBay
    • Blinds: Blinds.com


    • Chest Drawers: Ikea
    • Closet Hangers & Organizers: Bed, Bath & Beyond
    • Wall Art: Ikea
    • Antique mirror and accents: Thrifted


    • Glass Wall Shelves, Accents: Ikea


    • Bookcase, Worktables, Shelves, Chairs: Ikea
    • Red Guest Futon: Craigslist dealer


Thanks, Miguez and K.D.!

Images: Bethany Nauert

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