This Renter’s $1475 a Month, 600-Square-Foot Philly Two-Level Apartment Comes With a Cozy Fireplace
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Name: Amanda Hicks and dog, Harlow
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Washington Square)
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting
Budget: $1475 a month for rent
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in a two-level apartment in Philadelphia with my dog, Harlow. We’ve lived in this apartment for a year and have turned it into our favorite cozy space. I’ve surrounded us with books, plants, and positive vibes. This space is tiny, but it’s perfect for a girl and her dog! By day I work at a record label making the merch for artists! Some you’ve heard of, some you probably haven’t. I’m extremely lucky to be able to express myself in my workplace and be around creative people who inspire me in new ways.
On the weekends I love to explore new places to eat in Philly. Between the food and the music in the city, there’s always something to do. When at home, I try my best to have a cozy space to unwind in. I’m big on mixing textures and pairing woven fabrics with warm-toned furniture. I’m a fan of bright pops of color and love adding greenery to a space to give it some more life.
My identity shows through the way I curate the items in my home. I pride myself in my ever-evolving taste and how it all works seamlessly together to create my perfect sense of self. Knickknacks, plants, and small touches are how I inject myself into my home to make it unique.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Boho with a flair of eclectic with Southwestern influence throughout
What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the living room. My apartment has a fully working fireplace, which is perfect for the cold Philly winters! Lots of cozy texture mixing throughout.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought for my home was my Quiet Town Sun Shower Curtain. Perfect for a super small space. The last thing I found for my home were two matching candle sticks from a vintage shop on South 4th Street.
Any advice for creating a home you love? I have collected the things in my home over years. I think that’s why when I have visitors, they say it reflects who I am. My apartment showcases all of the levels of who I am spiritually and creatively. It shows where I’ve been and where I want to go. I suggest to never buy everything for one room at once to keep it from looking too staged! Also never buy everything from the same store — mix it up.
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