This Apartment Has a Cute and Cozy Library Nook

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Name: Emily Simmons
Location: Russian Hill neighborhood — San Francisco, California
Size: 1100 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

I’ve lived in so many variations of tiny spaces, from my earliest dorm rooms, to small attic spaces in college, to cramped studios in Manhattan. Now, I enjoy more natural light and floor space here in San Francisco, but have the fun challenge of working in this city’s more historical residential spaces that have unique interior architecture and built-ins. Being able to re-purpose and re-design my spaces place after place has been one of the most enjoyable activities to take on. I have been able to see my objects and favorite furniture pieces take on a new life and tell a new story about me in every apartment and city.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic Clean Traveled Bold

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is my library nook. I have always dreamed of a room lined with mahogany bookcases. I decided to create a more modern and light version of this in my own place with floating shelves. Laden with books and a lifetime of objects, this room speaks to so much of my personality, too.

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Create a nook for art supplies storage and workout equipment! I find myself always scheming for a good storage setup for these two categories of hobby items. Having an easel space or studio desk to keep ongoing art projects out, or a nook with enough space for yoga mat and stationary bike–these would be top magical requests!

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Last thing I bought for my home: Louise Gray little quilt #4 as a wall hanging.