This Salt Lake City Studio Is Full of Plants and Polaroids

This Salt Lake City Studio Is Full of Plants and Polaroids

(Image credit: Nathan Miller)

Name: Nathan Miller
Location: Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah
Size: 758 square feet
Years lived in: 1.5 years, renting

My day job is in healthcare marketing. On nights and weekends, I'm a print-making, Polaroid-taking, road-tripping, 20-something-year-old with a mild plant-buying addiction. My apartment is located on a side street in Downtown Salt Lake City, and sits above a row of local shops, artist studios and small businesses. The century-old, converted warehouse offers many unique features, like tall ceilings, exposed brick, and a back loading dock that now serves as open patio space to the building's tenants. Seconds from great food and drinks, and minutes from amazing skiing, the location is equally as important to me as the actual living space.

"This wall of my apartment has 252 (and counting!) of my Polaroids hanging—some embarrassing, but all great memories. Also shown here is my dining table, desk space and entry to the bathroom and closet area on the right."
(Image credit: Nathan Miller)

My style is influenced by culture, a handful of good DIY projects, and your local green house. If you come over, I've usually got every light on, a Spotify mix soaring and cold beer in the fridge. I like to entertain and this space, being a larger studio, allows me to do so comfortably.

"The living room in this studio apartment provides a surprising amount of space for my friends to crash. This comfy space makes it a great place to unwind at night."
(Image credit: Nathan Miller)
"My favorite spot in my apartment is my bed! Flooded with natural light and surrounded by plants, this is the perfect place to wake up."
(Image credit: Nathan Miller)

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite "room" is the bedroom area. Having never lived in a studio before, I was nervous about everything being in one space. "This is going to be… so weird," I initially thought. However, I feel like the plants, natural light and white bedding help this area blend in. It feels cohesive with the rest of the apartment, but also like its own, unique area. Plus, it's a motivator to make my bed each morning!

"Here is another view of the dining area, along with a shot into the kitchen. The stove is to the left as you enter the kitchen from this side."
(Image credit: Nathan Miller)

What's the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Over the holiday, I built the bench at the foot of my bed with my dad. I was gifted the hairpin legs, and splurged on the solid wood slab from a local lumber yard. I really like how it turned out.

"These brick walls are my pride and joy of this space. What isn't...that awkward thermostat! Also shown here is another view into the kitchen as well as my front door."
(Image credit: Nathan Miller)

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don't rush. Look for good deals. And if you get a wild hair… just buy the damn plant.

"This is the view from my bed: natural light, a couple rugs, plants and leather couches! Also shown is a personal drawing on the white brick wall."
(Image credit: Nathan Miller)

My apartment is a collection of old and new items—some I've had for a while, and some were bought new or used. For me, once I had some of the bigger items (couch, bed, dining table, etc.) I was able to cruise shops, thrift stores, online sales, or my old art files and find items that complemented my style as well as the space. I found out quickly, you don't have to spend a fortune to be proud of what you hang on your wall.

"In my 'green house,' this fiddle leaf fig is the perfect room divider. Also shown is an IKEA shelf unit that holds my journals, blankets and other worldly treasures."
(Image credit: Nathan Miller)

Thanks, Nathan!

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