A Retired Mom Built a 400-Square-Foot Studio Apartment in Her Son’s Basement… and It’s Great

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Credit: Karen Johnson

Name: Karen Johnson; my son and son-in-law live in separate area of home
Location: Briarcliffe Neighborhood — Atlanta, Georgia
Type of home: Studio apartment in my son’s home
Size: 400 square foot
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

Credit: Karen Johnson

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I am a retired single woman. I recently moved back to Atlanta after living in the Dominican Republic for 15 years. Feeling unsure where to locate I decided to add an apartment in my son’s unfinished basement. I added an open living space, a spacious bathroom, and a laundry room with plenty of storage. I had no furniture and only two pieces of artwork to start my project. It has been a perfect place to live and downsizing is so freeing.

Credit: Karen Johnson

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Boho, inviting, colorful, chic

What is your favorite room and why? All items were selected with love and care so I am enjoying it all.

Credit: Karen Johnson

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Floral banquet from Ballard Design. Kitchen island from Crate and Barrel (this one is similar). Floor lamp from Wayfair (this one is similar).

Credit: Karen Johnson

Any advice for creating a home you love? Use only furniture and accessories you love. Change furniture and accessories to different rooms. Always white towels. And when you can, always add a pop of color. No clutter!

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.