A 548-Square-Foot New Jersey Condo is a Black and White French-Inspired Beauty

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French doors with arched transom window above and white column pedestal with white bust on top

Name: Miguel Saltos
Location: Jersey City, New Jersey
Type of home: Condo
Size: 548 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m a flight attendant for a living, but an artist at heart. I purchased my one-bedroom condo at the end of 2019 (a month before the pandemic hit the U.S.).

During these last two years, I’ve given the place a huge facelift as it was in terrible condition when I bought it.

I have a somewhat neutral color palette, mostly consisting of black, white, and grays throughout the space, but I think the essence of the condo is seen in the kitchen. Its rustic, French-inspired look ties together the rest of the space.

View of living room from the bedroom

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Modern, Victorian, rustic, French

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room? I can’t decide between my living room and kitchen.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought is a “tile mat” — the best way to welcome guests or design your own ceramic tile look, without the ceramic and high prices. My tile mat comes with octagon shaped caps to add to the floor mat so you get to make your own design.

Marimekko wall art

Any advice for creating a home you love? I think the best advice I can give anyone is to first buy products that are sustainable or shop places, like from Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Most of my best finds have been found this way. And second, to create a space suitable for comfort yet versatile in style. I feel that as we grow, our spaces should match our growth.

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