(Image credit: Melissa Morales)

Name: Melissa
Location: Washington, D.C.

After years of living with roommates and not feeling enough ownership of my space, I decided that this was going to be the home where I finally put nails in the wall. My boyfriend Andrew and I have been renting a 645 square foot apartment in a former embassy building in the Kalorama/Adams Morgan neighborhood in DC.

(Image credit: Melissa Morales)

Embracing the character of the building with the modern upgrades to the unit, we've pulled pieces together with budget and space maximization as top priorities.

(Image credit: Melissa Morales)

This meant some DIY (building our desk to fit a particular nook), lots of HomeGoods and Target runs, and some statement pieces (our amazing paprika couch) to bring energy to our otherwise neutral space.

(Image credit: Melissa Morales)

The thing I love the most about our apartment is that it has grown with us. We didn't have all the perfect pieces on day one — nor could we have afforded to. But little by little, we've created a space that reflects both our personalities.

(Image credit: Melissa Morales)

Thanks, Melissa !

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