Location: Chicago, IL
Size & Type: 400 sq. ft. Studio
Favorite resource: My favorite place to browse for improvements to my 400+ sf studio is this huge donation warehouse called the Brown Elephant. People donate used everything there (furniture, clothes, dishes, televisions...everything!) where items are then available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Children's Memorial Hospital.
My name is Johnny and I moved to Chicago in October to start my job after I graduated from college in May from the University of Puget Sound near Seattle. In a whirlwind of events in September, I somehow ended up leaving my home in Portland, OR, to start a job as an event coordinator in Chicago, where I know I total of 1 persons. I landed at O'Hare Friday night, hunted for apartments all day on Saturday, signed the lease on Sunday and started my job on Monday. Although my location is spectacular, the size of my studio was difficult to adjust to, not to mention fit a couch, table, tv and bed into.
The 70's style salmon color of the bathroom determined my color scheme to be spicey orange and field green. From there, I slowly but surely filled my apartment accordingly, with the bigger amenities such as my couch and table requiring extra effort due to a lack of access to a vehicle. With low funds and no sense of direction except to the home depot, I installed extra shelves in the kitchen and by my bed, exchanged the squeaky closet doors for spiced curtains and framed my bed with a sheer green drape to add dimension to the open and bored studio.
Your favorite element:My favorite aspect of my apartment has to be the window panels. They are attractive, add warmth and softness to the room and have versatile styling options (shown tied in the pictures). I think I'm also attached to them because they took extra effort to put up because the ceiling is cement (I ended up using an epoxy). My balcony isn't bad either, but I have yet to experience the summer here.