Name: Stephanie Location: San Francisco, California Size: 850 square feet
I once heard someone say your home should feel like a hug at the end of a long day. That simple statement has been the inspiration for my decorating style. It is not easy making a temporary place feel rooted, but I have found it to be the personal details that have turned this apartment into home.
My petite 325 square foot one-bedroom New York City rental feels not only cozy and personal, but like a strategic use of space. While I share this apartment with my boyfriend and cat, it also must serve as my home office for my interior design and decorating business.
Name: Maura & Katarina Location: Financial District, NYC
Twenty-one floors above it all, our home is our daily respite from NYC cacophony. Cheerful yet serene, and never without fresh flowers - it is my favorite place to recharge, host friends, work, eat, sleep, you name it!
I'm Sallie, and I live in a updated 1950s home in Tulsa, OK, with my husband, Andrew, our puppy Lola, cat Fitz, and 6 backyard chickens. Our home is right around 1,000q ft, which is perfect for our family!
Name: Ashley Location: Silverlake, Los Angeles, California
I bought my home in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles about two years ago after a really long and exhausting real estate search. I was just about to give up entirely and rent forever, and then by some fluke I landed this place.
My husband and I live on the second floor of a pre-war brownstone in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Our apt is a 1.5 bedroom, 950 sq ft, cozy space with an open floor plan. We've lived in the building for almost 11 years but have only been in our current unit for under two years. We previously rented the parlor level apt for 9 years before having an incredible opportunity to design our future apartment (collaborating with new landlords) on the floor above us.
Our Edwardian flat in South East London was the ground floor of a house that was sort of split into flats when we bought it. We converted it from a one bed to a two bed flat, which involved a lot of wallpaper stripping (like, from every room) and a few unexpected discoveries along the way. We tried to do it as cheaply as possible but as it was our first renovation we made some mistakes and spent money where we could have saved, had we been more experienced.
Name: Joyce and her fiancé Location: West Oakland, California
My fiancé and I share a loft space in West Oakland. The space used to be an old tile factory before it was converted to six apartment units. The foyer, kitchen and living room are downstairs and our bedroom is upstairs. When my fiancé first moved in the apartment was an empty concrete box — the challenge of decorating was to preserve the character of the space but also to make it feel warm and homey.
Name: Féline & Ryan Location: Upper East Side, New York
As soon as we decided to move in together we had a very clear vision of what we wanted our home to look like. We are both insanely crazy about that big vast space which we call the Ocean, everything about it... the salty smell of the wind, the turquoise water, the seashells, the sand, the sound of the surf...It's one of the very first thing that we bonded over (the second is whiskey). Our dream home has always been a cottage on the beach somewhere (some day that dream shall come true) but for now, we're settling for a little surf lodge in the city. It is also what we call our beloved little home.