Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz
Images by Elizabeth Cara
Words by Serafina LaGiocco
Couple and business partners, Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz embody a warmth that reflects the sense of ease which pervades their city. When Ally isn't modeling, you can find the duo traveling or running day to day operations for their coffee company, Canyon Coffee. Ally and Casey showed us around their dreamy Echo Park cottage while we discussed some of the lessons they have learned through starting a business and what a successful life means to them, all of course over a fresh cup of coffee.
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Ally and Casey's cottage bedroom, with IN BED linen pillowslips and sheets in Lake topped with a linen duvet cover in mist by IN BED."For the first few months in our new home, we had been making do with a little circular mid-century style table and two chairs. Then we invited four friends over for dinner, and we realised we didn't have enough table space or chairs. Our friends were coming over on the Sunday, Casey sketched out a table and bench Saturday morning, and drove all around town tracking down wood and tools. He cut, sanded, and built everything on Sunday--the table from pine boards and the bench from birch plywood--and we were literally moving both pieces into the house as our friends arrived! Casey calls the table his wabi-sabi table, because the table-top boards all feel mismatched (there wasn't time to plane them) yet it feels perfect as it is, somehow."
On seeking balance within work and life:
"Meditation, walking, reading, time with friends and cooking food are our daily tactics to maintain balance with work. To us, if you can't find balance between work and life outside of work, the work is not worth it. This is why we travel. Breaking from our usual environment allows us to get enough distance from our work to look at it objectively; to check in with ourselves and gauge whether or not what we're doing is in line with the lives we want to live and the people we are and want to be."
On their idea of successful living:
"To us, successful living is being able to enjoy each moment for its own sake, as well as its part in the whole picture. Practically speaking, we think it's also being able to live the life we elect to live--going on a hike in the morning, taking a nap in the afternoon--without negative consequences."