Name: Karen Baumann of Intrinsic Design
Location: Corte Madera, California
Size: 460 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Owned
When I arrived at Karen Baumman’s apartment in Marin County, just 15 miles north of San Francisco, I was greeted with a glass of delicious lemonade, squeezed from the Meyer lemons growing outside. It was a gorgeous day and the apartment was flooded with sunlight — a nice feature for a 460-square-foot space. Karen, owner of Intrinsic Design, converted the garage of her duplex into this luxe little pad she calls her own while renting the other two apartments. Complete with did-it-herself electrical, flooring, and a mosaic kitchen table, the space is very personal and filled with only the things Karen loves. Her beautiful paintings accent the neutral walls and add dramatic color to each room, including a decent-size office.