A Small but Stylish San Francisco Studio

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Name: Cori
Location: San Francisco, California
The basics: 3 years, rented — 235 square feet

Cori’s San Francisco studio is so full of sunlight and whimsical finds that it seems much bigger than its 235 square feet. Decorated carefully over time, Cori mixes small space-saving furniture with funky art and accessories.

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I was born somewhere in between central Pennsylvania’s chocolate factories, cheesesteaks, and Amish country, and I’m now a transplant living in San Francisco. I work as a Product Manager at a tech company by day and moonlight as a lifestyle blogger.

In my spare time, when I’m away from the keyboard, I volunteer and serve as a leader of several organizations promoting diversity and inclusion for women and people of color in tech.

Living in such a small space has subconsciously forced me to be intentional about everything I bring into it and my life. I’m proud to call my humble home mine.

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the living area which consists of my ‘bedroom’ and ‘living room’.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? If I could change something about my apartment, I would make the bathroom smaller, giving me more living space. Although my apartment is small, I really enjoy hosting company from time to time, so it would be great to have a table to sit and play games at.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? One of the last things I found for my apartment was a framed piece of art that I found next to a dumpster. A lot of the art in my apartment was either found in a similar circumstance or something I crafted or was gifted. I love being able to have a story to tell about everything in my apartment.

Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Definitely Mindy from the Mindy Project. Her apartment, like mine, is a bit of organized creative chaos.

Cori’s words of wisdom: My advice for creating a home you love is to start small and to allow your space to grow and change with you. When I first moved into my apartment, I had no furniture and slept on a mattress topper on the floor. As I started working and developing my personal style, I purchased and curated my furniture one by one, allowing me to be really intentional with all of my purchases, ensuring everything had a home and a purpose and that it brought me joy.

Thanks, Cori!

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