# 5: Jason's One Room Retreat

Name: Jason
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Size: 157 and 1/2 square feet (157.5- yes, really) Bachelor (Studio w/ no kitchen)

Favorite resource:

I love this weird place in Burbank called Tri-Ess Science Supply. It's basically a science supply store for teachers, I suppose, but I bought those two little glass beakers I have on the shelf there. It's kind of neat and different.

What inspired you?

I was basically inspired by the fact that I have no
money
(writer,) but I wanted to live in a nice area where I could walk places. So I found a place that's just a room (literally) with a small bathroom. Part of the great thing about small space living is that it forces you to use the community (the coffee shop, local restaurants, bars, etc.) as other 'rooms'. It's more social in a way.

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It's just one room, but in my mind, I've divided into different spaces like the sitting area/bed (Img -Live/Sleep) where I have an Ikea futon but covered in fabric I bought on sale. Across from that, past the picture window, is the desk/tv area where I have my favorite piece of funiture - an old library card catalog from LA County Schools from the Goodwill that serves as a TV stand (Img - Desk/TV.) Next to the front door is the kitchen unit, which is basically two dorm fridges and a microwave in a cabinet (Kitchen Unit) In the final corner is the dressing area, with a vintage art deco chest (Img. 4 - Chest) Finally, the artwork is a Sue Johnson print surrounded by various images I like that I just printed off the internet and then framed (Img - Art)

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Design Tip:

You don't need as much stuff as you think you do,
so get rid of anything you don't use at least once a month

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