Cara and Otis's Soft San Francisco Student Digs

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Name: Cara and Otis
Location: San Francisco, California

This is our first home together and we are both students! As in, our budget was (and still is) extremely low. Our house is solely furnished via leftover furniture in our parents' garages, IKEA, Goodwill, and mainly the Craigslist Free section. It was a bit tricky to configure all of our hodgepodge items into a layout that made sense and was comfortable, but after three years we finally figured it out!

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We love our San Francisco home. We get a generous amount of light in our apartment and it always feels warm and inviting. Our favorite room is the bedroom. The fun combo of turquoise walls with coral trim is both calming and exciting all at once. The painting of the flowers above the bed...we found it on the side of the road by a dumpster!

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Our style is fun with a lot of bounce and color. I love pairing different patterns together (like the flower power couch and orange polka dot rug). My goal is to eventually have each room painted a different color with vibrant trim. As always, everything's a work in progress, but we're really proud of having a place to call home decorated solely by us.

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Thanks, Cara and Otis !

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(Image credits: Cara Gabrielson)

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.