Name: Alex Pandel
Location: Brooklyn, New York
This is my first time living all by myself, and I'm having a great time in my little studio. I feel like my place really reflects my style, which is a big melting pot of industrial-chic, flea market/DIY, a touch of mid-century modern, with a few girly flourishes just for fun, all executed on a teeny-weeny, recent-college-grad budget.
Almost everything in the apartment has a story behind it: there are a decent amount of Ikea hacks (the bathroom mirror shelf; headboard cover; entryway console table), flea market steals (kitchen hutch; vintage office chair; breakfast table), and free roadside finds (several side chairs; "NY" crate in the kitchen; and the once-in-a-lifetime flat file/coffee table). Almost every piece has been updated, refinished, or "hacked" in some way to make it fit my space and style, adding a personal element and story to each and every item.
I also made some significant changes to several more structural elements of the apartment, thanks to an unusually open-minded landlord: I repainted all the kitchen cabinets (formerly cheap brown wood); turned a former closet into a home office using, of all things, hollow DOORS from Home Depot as shelves, cut down to size; and replaced the dated bathroom medicine cabinet with a large mirror and shelf.