Singular Style: Inspirational House Tours from Women Living On Their Own

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All this talk about being alone at home made me think about the amazing house tours we’ve featured of women who live on their own. Although no two are alike, the common thread is ten women who surround themselves with things that reflect their travels, interests, work, and world views. No surprise they have lots of tips and direction for creating a space that’s personal and all your own...

Here are ten favorites from the past year:

1. Sophia's Bookish Live/Work Apartment (also lead photo above):

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Name: Sophia Kramer & Nico (her 17 year-old cat) featured above
Location: New York, NY
Size: 450 sq ft
Years lived in: 5 years; Rented
Sophia's home opens up to you like the many books she restores; well read, cherished and full of stories to tell. Her apartment isn't bound by a particular style, but rather simply and carefully adorned by personal and meaningful items.
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Name: Emily Ardoin and Basha the cat
Location: North University; Austin, Texas
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: Rented; 1 year
I’m attracted to old things, but I don’t want to live in an antique shop. I tend to buy (usually old) things I love and make them work together as best I can, adding in simple newer pieces to balance everything out.

3. Karen's Micro Space in Marin:

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Name: Karen Baumann of Intrinsic Design
Location: Corte Madera, California
Size: 460 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years; Owned
Living in a smaller space frees me. I enjoy having the freedom to have more money, travel, entertain, and spend on my friends and family. It allows me to clean quickly and be more organized, plus I have a lot less clutter. It frees my mind to only have the important and beautiful things surrounding me.

4. Colleen's Sunny DC Studio:

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Name: Colleen Kelly
Location: Capitol Hill, Washington DC
Size: 400 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year; renting
I grew up with five siblings and shared a room for 18 years. A place that is all mine is something I consider a luxury, and it motivates me to make it a reflection of me, a place where I love to be and where others love to come.

5. Molly's Coloring Book Modern Apartment:

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Name: Molly Turner
Location: Duboce Triangle, San Francisco, California
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 7 months; Rented
Thinking about what her ideal flat looked like, Molly drew from her experience living in Italy and sought out an apartment that had architectural details she could fall in love with.

6. Eunice's Clean & Well-Lit Place:

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Name: Eunice Chang, Senior Principal User Researcher at Autodesk, a 2D and 3D design, engineering and entertainment software company
Location: Eureka Valley, border of Castro and Mission; San Francisco, California
Size: 1,073 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years; Owned
A coastal ethos of treasure-hunting is an undercurrent of Eunice’s homemaking, reinforcing her belief that consistently bringing together pieces she loves will create a cohesive environment she can continue to freshen and create anew as time goes on.

7. Allison's 'All Grown Up' Townhouse:

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Name: Allison Shaw
Location: Denver, Colorado
Size: 1,000 square feet

Years Lived In: 1

I have the good fortune of knowing a lot of creative people who either ooze style or create art. Seeing how they pair things together and trying to figure out their creative process always inspires me to experiment and apply the same inventiveness to my home projects.
8. Alex's Tribute to Her Travels:
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Name: Alex Treister
Location: Mission Dolores, San Francisco, California
Size: 1210 square feet

Years lived in: 1; owned

In designing her home Alex's goal wasn't to achieve a particular look, but rather to create a space filled with positive visual cues, things that remind her of the people and places she loves.

9. Shell's Renovated Lofty Studio:

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Name: Shell Azar
Location: Greenwich Village, NYC
Size: Started with 420 square feet; increased to 520 square feet (not including outdoor terrace)

Years lived in: 6

Shell's space also has a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors, creating a delicate division that is very inviting. Her workstation is flooded with healthy sunlight that nurtures creativity and productivity.

10. Tracy’s Vintage Modern in Manhattan:

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Name: Tracy Steele
Location: West 14th Street, New York, New York
Size: 800 square feet

Years lived in: 15 years; rented

Clarify what it is that you love and just bring home those things that really touch you. Never get a piece of furniture just to have it. You’ll choose the wrong thing.

(Image credits: Sherrie U.; Sophia's Bookish Live/Work Apartment; Emily's Tiny Grad School Studio; Karen's Micro Space in Marin; Colleen's Sunny DC Studio; Molly's Coloring Book Modern Apartment; Alexis Buryk; Ashley Poskin; Alex's Tribute to Her Travels; Shell's Renovated Lofty Studio; Tracy’s Vintage Modern in Manhattan)

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When Dabney's not writing around here, she's digging through other people's attics for fun and interesting stuff, or running around with her bloodhound Friday. Originally from the East Coast, she's still shocked to find herself living in Missouri.

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