A Custom Suit Maker’s Small Rental Is Tailor Made for Living and Working

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Bedroom with view out to balcony
Credit: Kabba C.
View of my bedroom

Name: Kabba C.
Interior designer: Cimón
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 740 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Credit: Kabba C.
Seated eating area with stylized stools.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I make custom men’s suits, and since the pandemic started I’ve transitioned to working from home so my living space had to serve multiple functions. This is my first apartment that I actually put effort into decorating and I worked with a designer to execute my ideas in a practical way.

Credit: Kabba C.
Interior view of the bedroom. (I made the headboard)

My identity is definitely reflected in my home. I use or interact with everything in here. Also I made, painted, or built a lot of the items I own.

Credit: Kabba C.
Morning View (bedroom)

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Functionally artistic green space

Credit: Kabba C.
Evening shot of my living room w/ lighting

What is your favorite room and why? Living room. I connected a projector that allows me to watch movies and play video games on a 100” screen. Also when combined with the lighting I’ve programmed it’s extremely relaxing.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I found these stools for my seated eating area; they were kind of plain so I painted and added an Off White decal to both.

Credit: Kabba C.
Stylized stools

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t hang on to things that no longer serve you is the easiest advice I’ve been taught. Edit your space, regularly.

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