We were lucky to find a place efficiently laid out and with tons of sunlight, so it never feels too small. It took 4 years to finish putting everything together, but now we're surrounded by belongings we like spending time around.
There are many things I love about my space and the building, which has been around for over a century in a historic printing district. I love bringing my passion for history into my home by designing with a variety of elements from different eras. Many of my favorite pieces have been handed down or found at yard sales, and I like finding ways to showcase them. I also love the large windows that fill the living space with afternoon and evening light and provide a great view of weather activity. I do everything I can to highlight the view, including wall colors that are based on an evening palette. I love that the amount of light has been conducive to raising a small apartment garden for fresh herbs. The layout of this space has made it easy for me to express my simple aesthetic.
When I saw this 500 square foot apartment in St Petersburg's Old Northeast with a screened porch, white (not beige) walls, herringbone oak floors, and coved ceilings, I had to live here. I overlooked the funky vintage kitchen and bath because they were in good shape. Every room has a window, full of that wonderful sunshine.
What I love most about my small home is that after some little renovations, it looks like a spacious city loft. My home is best known for it's monochrome Scandinavian character, as I do not use any other colours than white, grey and a little black. It has a beautiful, calm and serene atmosphere. It's furnished with some industrial pieces, and in every room I reveal a bit of the original concrete wall, which gives my home that lofty character. Throughout my home I added little natural touches such as bamboo lamps.
Kristen recently shared the room her four sons share and it sent many readers down memory lane as they fondly recalled sharing bedrooms with one or more siblings growing up. Reader KathinCO described a time when she shared a room with four other siblings and the genius twist her parents put on the experience:
I love that it is so light and that it looks so much bigger than it really is. The two rooms really make me feel like I own a bigger place. I also love the view of the Paris roofs, and my tiny balcony for breakfasts on Sunday mornings. The best thing, though, is that it is my first place. I decorated every piece of it and chose every object - it reflects my personality so well!
I love the gray color of my walls and the vaulted ceiling --it gives off a light and airy feeling in my studio. One of my favorite nooks is a seating area in front of my bay windows, giving a spectacular view of the city. As my design is "modern chic," it was a fun challenge for me to achieve it in my 1913 building.
I love that there are seven windows in the living room! I have a a beautiful view of my beloved prairie skies and can also see the downtown skyline in the distance. Clutter makes me feel antsy so I aim for calm by having a minimum of objects in my home (whether visible or tucked away in storage).