Name: Jina Javier, her husband Jeff, Lucy, and Leo
Location: La Mesa, California
Size: 1,285 square feet
Years Lived In: 2 years, owned
When Jina and Jeff were preparing to move into their La Mesa home in San Diego two years ago, Jina was reading Marie Kondo’s megahit “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Jina and Jeff were downsizing, moving from a large (but characterless) 2,800 square foot house, into an older home with lots of charm but far less square footage. In preparation for their move, Jina turned to Marie Kondo out of necessity and wholeheartedly embraced the KonMari method. And as Kondo’s philosophy goes, tidying up her home not only led to a simplified, more genuinely styled space for her and her family, but it is also gave Jina renewed clarity and the energy to start her next business venture. Jina—who owns Liv3 with her two sisters—recently opened Leo, a salon and wellness shop in San Diego’s fun and funky North Park neighborhood. The space, much like her home, is airy and light, but cozy and inviting all at the same time.
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