A Cozy Little Studio in a Dream Neighborhood

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Name: Emily
Location: German Village — Columbus, Ohio

When I was first moving to Columbus, people would ask me where I wanted to live. The first place I would say was German Village… followed by a little laugh, because it was silly of me to think I would be able to find/afford a place there. It felt like a long shot, but it was also my dream. The quaint brick streets, historical homes, coffee shops, restaurants, a great park, all within walking distance. A fairly safe neighborhood for a single female moving to a new city, a neighborhood where I felt safe walking after dark.

Well, in the span of about a week, I discovered a little studio, approximately 400 square feet, for rent above a venue on the edge of the village.

I went from a fairly roomy, one bedroom in Dayton, Ohio, to a very cozy, upstairs studio. But it was cute, and the kitchen was probably three times larger. ( I love to cook, so that was a big plus!)

I pared down on furniture and decor, giving things away or lending out pieces that just would not fit, or that I didn’t truly love. The large credenza I found at a thrift store was the focal point of my living room and I accessorized with lots of candles and plants to add color and scent to the small space. I’m a big fan of mid century modern decor, but I also like to have things cozy and colorful.

In the end, I decided not to attempt to create walls, to leave it open and airy. After all, it was just me living there! I didn’t mind that my bed was in my living room and vice versa.

In the kitchen I used twinkle lights for a warm glow, and embraced the little built in to display my glassware and coffee mug collection.

Thanks, Emily!

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