A First-Time Homeowner Aims for “Minimalist Hygge”

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Name: Lauren White
Location: Sacramento, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 4 months, owned

This is the first home I’ve ever owned. I’m single, and have a full-time job as well as owning my own photography business, so when looking for a home to purchase, I wanted something that was new and wouldn’t require any flipping or renovation. I found this new development with the perfect 1,100 square foot condo for me!

I selected the interior while building and opted for a very clean, modern look: white walls, a modern take on the subway tile backsplash, grey-wash flooring, and white quartz countertops with a little sparkle. I didn’t bring much with me in the way of furniture so almost everything was purchased for this space, with the exception of two very special pieces.

The small dining table and the three-legged end table in the living room were built by my late grandfather who was a very special person to me when he was alive.

My style is simple, clean, and warm. I live a fairly minimalist lifestyle, which is reflected in my home. I have a light and neutral color palette with some greens and colors from photographs.

What is your favorite room and why? My kitchen. The large island is a dream to meal prep on and I love my hand-carved pig cutting board also made by my grandpa.

Any advice for creating a home you love? While it would be nice to be able to afford everything at West Elm or Pottery Barn, often that’s just not the reality for most of us. Instead, decide what key pieces are worth an investment and then fill the rest of your home with more affordable items either from trendy stores, thrift shops, or your local home decor store.

Thanks, Lauren!

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