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Location: West Lafayette, IN
Size & Type: 590 square feet, one bedroom apartment with office
Favorite resource: Antique and junk shops, salvage yards, Goodwill.
Pitch: As a fine-arts graduate student on a shoestring budget, I've been determined not to fall into the trap of buying cheap throw-away furniture that looks bad as soon as it is out of the box.
Instead, I've collected solid old furniture from junk shops and salvage yards and have put to good use antiques inherited from my family to make a cozy, warm environment perfect for plopping down to reading, sewing, or chatting with friends. I've worked around the brownish-purplish walls, which I'm not allowed to repaint, by going with a red/orange color theme that highlights the paint's better qualities.
Your favorite element:
A set of glass-doored barrister bookshelves inherited from my grandfather. Each of the eleven shelves is a separate component, so the bookshelves can be reconfigured all different ways. Right now they're set up as three different units in different parts of the apartment.