Name: Marianne Brown
Location: Denver, Colorado
Size: 600 square feet
Years Lived In: 1 year, renting
"My apartment is a small one bedroom in downtown Denver. Not among the tall buildings of downtown, but just on the edge, in the Uptown neighborhood of Denver. A whopping 600 square feet. I've lived here for a year, after moving several times over the past few years. Each time moving into a smaller space, and each time cleaning out and purging myself of more and more 'stuff,'" describes photographer Marianne Brown.
"Each move I also migrated toward a palette of less and less color — white. I moved into this small apartment with minimalist ideals and plans to travel and get outside more. I have the tendency to be somewhat of a homebody at times. White walls and minimal furniture makes my home and life in general seem more simplified. I also have an Etsy shop!" You can also find Marianne on her blog, A Kindred Journey.
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My Style: Mid-century/Minimal
Inspiration: I love simple modern styles and clean white. A mix of inspiration from the feeling of Southwest styles, coastal California, Danish modern hygge, and a little art gallery thrown in. Gallery-like walls that show off prized elements and personal artifacts. I like when things just make sense in the space they are in and in the life of that person. Right now for me, smaller mid-century furniture in a small space and a minimal and organized space so that I spend less time cleaning and fretting over my space and more time doing the things that I enjoy like time spent outside, cooking and traveling.
Favorite Element: My cacti and rocks. Major dork, I know. The cacti remind me of trips to the desert, which I fell in love with when I first moved out west from Georgia. I have rocks and even fossils found from desert trips, hiking, camping and biking. Shells, rocks and sea glass from coastal trips I've collected from all over from Mexico, Portugal and California, and even from home in Georgia. Each one serves as a sort of keepsake and memory from that place and that experience.
Biggest Challenge: Getting sofas upstairs in a mid-century apartment.
What Friends Say: "Where did you get that sofa?!"
Biggest Embarrassment: My refrigerator. I would love a SMEG…one day;)
Proudest DIY: My lean-to book shelf
Biggest Indulgence: A nice rug and a good mattress.
Best Advice: Simplify your living space in order to live a more simplified and enjoyable life.
Sofa (ever changing) - Marianne's shop
Prints - Marianne's photography
Small White Vinyl Ottoman - Art District Antiques
Mid-Century Vinyl Chair- Etsy
Pillow - Meek Vintage insta @meekvintage
Rug - Lulu & Georgia
Plants - South West Gardens Denverinsta @swgardens