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