Real Couple Home Tour: DIY Duo

  1. The Couple

    Photo by David A. Land
    Lauren Smith and Derek Fagerstrom might just have DIY in their DNA. After getting married, they took their love of all things quirky and created an online store called CuriosityShoppeOnline.com, and added a real store...right below their apartment!

    Take a tour of their one-bedroom abode, pick up some DIY tricks, and snoop around the Shoppe. We dare you not to get inspired by something you see.

    Photo by David A. Land
  2. Their Shoppe

    Lauren and Derek call their Mission District Shoppe “our personal museum” because of its eclectic mix of vintage and modern gems. “We really see the store as our second living room,” says Lauren. “All the stuff we want to buy but don’t have room for in our apartment goes in the Shoppe.” Jealous? 

    Browse around their online store, CuriosityShoppeOnline.com

    Photo by David A. Land
  3. Entryway

    DIY
    Derek designed this utilitarian-chic wall organizer by attaching pegboard (a recycled piece from the Shoppe’s construction) to a mahogany wood shelf. Bungee cords hold items in place and add a playful edge.

    Art Class
    The bird print is an original screen print by Charley Harper, whose book of prints is sold in the Shoppe.

    Prized Pour
    A vintage Russel Wright pitcher found on eBay.

    Learn how to create your own stylish entryway

    Photo by David A. Land
  4. The Living Room

    Smart Storage
    This eye-catching entertainment center was a DIY project from Todd Oldham’s book, Handmade Modern. But hold on, tiger. “The console takes awhile to construct and can be tricky, so if you’re a first-time DIY-er, try something else and work your way up to this one,” says Derek.

    Light Touch
    To mask an ugly sconce, below, Lauren added a kitschy candelabra cover. She covered the sconce’s evil twin with a birdhouse from their Shoppe ($30).

    Photo by David A. Land
  5. The Living Room: Part Two

    DIY
    Create your own art gallery by tacking fun images to corkboard frames. Buy frames from a thrift store, spray paint them bold colors, pop out the glass, and cut the cork to fit the rectangle. By the way, Lauren really does play the ukulele.

    Flower Power
    A punchy platter brightens up any room. Marimekko Unikko tray, $25, FinnStyle.com

    Make monogrammed pillows like these ones on their couch!

    Photo by David A. Land
  6. The Dining Room

    DIY
    Create stylish shadowboxes by lining wooden wine crates with graphic wrapping paper and displaying your favorite objects inside. The white log vase is sold at the Shoppe for $40.

    Credenza
    Give a bland piece of furniture a textural twist. A basic Ikea credenza like this one instantly becomes mod with the addition of new doors, spray painted white.

    Tabletop
    The Danish modern tabletop converts to a game table for Mahjong matches.

    Photo by David A. Land
  7. The Bedroom

    Wild Thing
    Hung above the bed, branchlers offset the room’s sweetness, $350 at the Shoppe.

    Royal Cabinet
    This one-of-a-kind piece from Thomas Wold (ThomasWold.com) uses a fan, a fire extinguisher door, a marquee number, and a Pin The Tail on the Donkey game.

    DIY
    Lauren fashioned this creative patchwork comforter by stitching squares of Derek’s old, ripped shirts to a basic duvet. (Their cat, Clementine, loves the bedding too…) 

    6 more tips for a stylish boudior

    Photo by David A. Land