Name: Angel, her boyfriend and their cats
Location: Seattle, Washington
The basics: 1 year, rented | 550 square feet
Angel's Seattle studio is super open but short on storage. With some creative thinking and smart purchases, Angel and her boyfriend were able to make the most out of their shared space.
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My boyfriend and I have been living in this apartment for about a year. We also share this space with our two adopted cats. There's no door separating our sleeping space from the rest of the home, which is a common layout for new developments in Seattle. Our studio/one bedroom hybrid gives us the ability to compartmentalize our sleeping and living areas in a studio apartment.
As working professionals in our early twenties and recent college graduates with student loans, we wanted to build a home that was cohesive, modern, space-efficient, all while being mindful of our budget.
What is your favorite room and why? Our entire home is kind of one big room, but my favorite area of the apartment is our living room space. We've managed to cohesively Tetris together an office, dining area and entertainment space into one room. This area is only about 200 square feet, but feels much bigger due to the large floor-to-ceiling windows that line the north wall of our apartment. I also love the dark grey accent wall in this room, which adds some depth to an otherwise very clean, white space.
If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? I'm a big fan of natural light. My biggest wish would be to add one more set of windows on another wall in our apartment, as this would help to open up the space even more. This would also provide more sunlight for our houseplants, something we currently struggle with!
What's the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I recently added a 3x4 12-cube organizer to our reach-in closet in the bedroom to cut down on clutter. Finding space saving storage solutions has been the biggest challenge in this apartment, and it's forced us to make the most out of the little storage that we have. The 12-cube organizer was an easy addition to the closet that allows us to efficiently organize our accessories, small outdoor gear, and other clutter that would otherwise have no home.
Which fictional character would be most at home in your place? Our cats aside, I could see definitely Schmidt from New Girl living in our apartment. There was an episode where he moved into a new place of his own and I loved the modern, sleek design of the place.
Angel's words of advice: My best advice would be to work with what you have, and embrace the imperfections! Every home comes with its challenges and it's important to embrace the quirks that make a space unique. The best homes are ones that accomplish a lot with very little and find that perfect balance between style and function.
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