A Renter Divided a 450-Square-Foot Studio into Zones, Including a Recording Studio

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Name: Lauren Freedman and rescue dog, Waffle
Location: Koreatown — Los Angeles, California
Type of home: Studio Apartment
Size: 450 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, renting

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My apartment is in an old building in Koreatown, which used to be a factory. The exposed brick and wood floors give it a cool character. I have divided the open space into zones, for relaxing, working, and sleeping. It leans minimalist.

I used lots of blues, greens, and turquoise, as those are my favorite colors and they give off calming vibes. I have an array of plants sprinkled throughout the place. My small rescue dog, Waffle, thrives here with me. The art displayed is mostly sourced from friends or myself.

I’m a video editor and voice actress. So I turned the closet into a recording space, and I have a headboard from the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” It belonged to the characters Marshall and Lily. I’m also from Arizona, but I’ve done a lot of traveling, so I have both Western and international knick-knacks.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: An artsy, cozy, sun-lit sanctuary

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the kitchen, because a lot of people warned me about painting the walls that dark, but I really like how it turned out, and now the skeptics do, too.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I recently bought a very cool sun-catcher from Etsy. I needed to take advantage of the great natural sunlight this place gets.

I also love custom things from “It’s Not Trash.” I love supporting small local businesses. This one is woman owned and uses reclaimed materials!

Any advice for creating a home you love? Surround yourself with unique pieces that remind you of who you are and what you love to do. It also doesn’t hurt to add plants and dogs to the mix.

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