This Chicago Apartment’s Balcony Makeover Made It a Fantastic Mini Retreat

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Name: Candice Sing
Location: Logan Square Neighborhood — Chicago, Illinois
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 800 square feet
Time lived in: 8 months, renting

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Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I believe walking into my home is like entering an experience. The first things people notice when they walk into my home are the plants and my paintings. These two elements make for great conversation starters and my guests are able to experience the textural paintings and be influenced to become plant parents after they visit.

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My love of art and plants are reflected in my home. Being minimal and clutter-free is also important to me. I’m a big believer that you do not need a lot of things to make your space feel like a home. The neutral backdrop is great for the paintings and the greenery of the plants to take center stage.

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Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Modern, minimal, neutral, art, and plant-filled.

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What is your favorite room and why? The living room is my favorite room in my apartment. Not only does it house my super comfy blue velvet sectional sofa, but it’s the most styled. I spend my leisure time here watching movies, reading, and entertaining surrounded by things that bring me joy. The living room is also connected to the sunroom, which provides tons of light and a great view of some of my favorite plants.

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What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I recently completed my balcony makeover mini-retreat and the last thing I purchased was a bench meant to be shoe storage. The size was perfect for the space and will double as a coffee table and additional seating. The price was cheaper than most outdoor benches I was finding. Always think outside of the box when looking for that perfect piece to decorate a space.

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Any advice for creating a home you love? If there is something you don’t love, change it. Switch out the kitchen hardware, change the faucet, add a backsplash. There are so many affordable and temporary options for renters. Also, add some life to your home with plants. You don’t need to go overboard. Start with something easy to care for and watch it and your peace grow. Make your space work for you and forget about tradition. When I found my apartment I knew that I didn’t need the large dining room for its traditional purpose. Turning half of it into my art studio was just the right amount of space I needed to create.

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