This Comic Artist’s 450-Square-Foot Brooklyn Studio Apartment Is Eclectic and Artsy

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Credit: Em Frank

Name: Em Frank
Location: Brooklyn — New York City, New York
Type of home: Studio Apartment
Size: 450 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Credit: Em Frank

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m comic artist and graphic novelist located in Brooklyn. I live alone in a 450-square-foot studio near Prospect Park.

Credit: Em Frank
Sleeping Area

It’s a pre-war building and I love how labyrinthine my apartment is, which gives the feeling of a child’s story where unknown magical doors are always right around the corner!

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Main room

My apartment is an extension of how I feel, and wish to feel, all the time! I love home decorating because to me it’s a way we can make permanent certain moods and states that are dear to us, that we can’t in real life. That being said, I also love how when my life changes, and I grow as a person, my home also grows! I know something isn’t right in my apartment when it doesn’t feel right to me.

Credit: Em Frank

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Natural, DIY, Artsy, Pastels, Eclectic

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Living Area

What is your favorite room and why? My main room, since it’s a studio! I love how I’ve sectioned the areas off into a creative zone, a social zone, and a sleeping tranquil zone. And I love how all the areas talk to each other, my apartment always feels in conversation with itself, and always can tell that I need to change something when certain areas start not getting along anymore.

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Hallway to bathroom

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A white metal plant stand I found on the street near my apartment! The white, new-growth green, and power blue ceramic pot really go together beautifully!

Credit: Em Frank
Kitchen Other Way

Any advice for creating a home you love? Think about creating beauty with your home and furnishings, rather than finding beautiful things you think will make the space beautiful. Beauty comes from interaction, not objects! And be patient — it’s an ever-evolving process that can’t be rushed! Clash textures, colors, and styles, and be true to what you like, not what you think “will look good.”

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