The Genius Way This Couple Repurposed A Piece Of Junk

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Meet Zack and Laura. He grew up in the frigid tundra of Wisconsin studying theatre, picking up what would prove to be incredibly valuable skills building scenery for the shows. She studied interior design while painting, crafting, and creating in the natural state of Arkansas. They found one another in the sunny state of California — Los Angeles, to be exact. His style is a bit more subtle and understated (despite his penchant for all things kitsch), utilizing mostly earth tones, while she loves to incorporate bold colors and patterns into her design. She loves clutter, while he is a minimalist. They found their common ground in vintage treasure. Though her creative spirit often gives her the urge to refresh with a coat of spray paint, while he prefers them left in their weathered, faded glory.
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The inspiration for the name of their fledgling business all began with a sarcastic comment, in a rare moment when his sarcasm was appreciated. As they discussed how they would decorate their first shared dwelling, he said something like, “We can get a really old typewriter that’s bright yellow.” And, on moving day, he presented her with a yellow, vintage, Royal typewriter. It was more mustard-yellow than bright, but the thought was there, and he’s pretty sure vintage bright yellow typewriters don’t exist. Well, at least they didn’t exist on Craigslist in a 20-mile radius of Burbank, California. As it sits, proudly displayed in their living room, it serves as a symbol of compromise.
In this DIY age, you can be proud of your space without hiring a high-priced interior designer that will inevitably fill your home with assembly-line decor and pre-fab furniture that have no sentimental value. The vision at Little Yellow Typewriter is to live in a space that inspires you, has character, and that tells your story.
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"The inspiration for the trailer came from the food truck revolution," Laura said. "Several retail trucks have begun to spring from this in the form of fashion trucks and bookstores, but the market lacked a home décor truck. And, since we have a mutual love for vintage and re-purposing, the search for an old aluminum trailer began."
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"What was to be our little mobile thrift store found us in the trade section on Craigslist. We had an ’88 Ford Bronco that no mechanic seemed equipped to fix, and he was a mechanic that had a ’52 Hanson ‘Love Bug’ that had been sitting in the desert on cinder blocks for the past 30 years. The obvious cosmic implications aside, he had us at ‘Love Bug.’"
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"The exterior was in excellent shape, considering, but the inside was a little more than we had bargained for. It had been a happy home to an extended family of rats that we were forced to evict. Given our plans to gut the inside, it ended up being a blessing that the inside was beyond disgusting, or we might have had second thoughts about turning it into a store and just decided to move in and hit the road."
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"Everything inside our little baby was either outdated, damaged, covered in rat excrement, or unnecessary. So, the demo began. We pried the ceiling down, laboriously scraped tile off the floor, and took a sledgehammer to everything else. After we got through the luaun and insulation, we found the 1 x 2 ceiling beams and exposed aluminum of the ceiling to be entirely too cool to cover up, so we stained the beams and called it a day. After patching, puttying and painting the walls, we built some plywood shelving on top of the wheel wells, and a small booth in the front corner to replace the one we removed. Add a little wallpaper, a new hardwood floor, more paint and a bit of trim, and we were ready to roll. Well, almost."
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"We had to call in a buddy, who just happens to be a mechanic, to make a house call. All the electrical was fried and the bald 1980s tires were not exactly roadworthy. A few days later, with brand-new tires, rims, rear and side LEDs, we headed to the DMV and walked out with a license plate."
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"The Little Yellow Typewriter mobile boutique made her debut at the Rose Bowl Flea in Pasadena on November 10, 2013."
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How cute are Laura and Zack?
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