This 416-Square-Foot Berkeley Studio Apartment Is the Very Definition of Cozy

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Credit: Paige Cano
Fireplace and focal point of the room

Name: Paige Cano
Location: Berkeley, California
Size: 416 square feet
Type of Home: Studio Apartment
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This is my first home I’ve been able to wholly and fully call mine. Every old (haunted) book and salt and paper shaker set is exactly where I want it. The dark, unpainted wood and honestly the compact size gives the space the cozy, homey feel I strive for in my space. I couldn’t be happier.

Credit: Paige Cano
A peek at my salt and pepper collection

My home is very much a reflection of me. It has to be. I want people to come over not just to play hostess, but to show the cozy side of myself that isn’t as easy to share in a social setting unless I’m very comfortable. My home represents the warm hug I want to give people!

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Growing collections and OG IKEA

What is your favorite room and why? I only have one room, so I guess my main one!

Credit: Paige Cano

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? An antique collection of short stories from various authors. Official title: “Gleanings from Popular Authors, Grave and Gay.”

Any advice for creating a home you love? Discovering a few key colors I absolutely loved was huge. Cerulean is such a perfect color, and while I wear almost exclusively black I love to decorate with color. Cerulean lends a bold pop that is still neutral enough to go with just about anything.

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