Location: Northbrae — Berkeley, California
I didn't buy anything new when I moved into this apartment. My old place was a house, and so by paring down and carefully selecting what to keep, I was able to make a thoughtful selection of my own belongings, like shopping in your own closet.
My landlord has a number of restrictions that are common to a lot of renters but make creating an individual space out of an apartment difficult: no repainting over the renter's white, no changing the window treatments or ceiling fixtures, no "home repairs", and I can't hang anything on the walls that have soundproofing insulation in them. On top of these restrictions, my apartment already has a conflicting color scheme in the warm woods of the kitchen (open to the living room) and the cool grey of the fireplace. Creating a unified design that follows all of the landlord's rules and brings together the kitchen and living room was quite a challenge!
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