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Apartment Therapy's Small/Cool Contest

Alexa's 430-Square-Foot Studio in D.C.

Apartment Therapy's Small/Cool Contest

Alexa's 430-Square-Foot Studio in D.C.

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Home Type
Studio Apartment
Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
Style
Eclectic
Glam
Parisian
Bedrooms
0
Square feet
430
Sq ft
430

Name: Alexa Hayes

Years lived in: 3-5 years, owned

Household: Two rescue pups

Have any design professionals worked on this space? No

Why is your home the smallest, coolest space?

I moved into this apartment in March 2020, having no idea I would be living 24/7 in this pretty small space. I knew when I bought the place that I'd be renovating the kitchen, but after living in it for months in lockdown, I decided walls needed to come down too! When I showed my aunt my design, she called the apartment "my jewel box," and that's stuck in my head ever since!

How does your home reflect you?

Every inch of it is designed for me, by me — and my dad and I did the renovation ourselves, so it's a hugely personal space. It's a privilege to live in a place totally customized to my taste and needs, and that's something I'm forever grateful for. Everywhere I look there's something beautiful or a trigger of a memory of me and my dad working side by side (and arguing... sometimes!).

Connect with Alexa

Website: https://alexahayes.wixsite.com/2023portfolio