A San Jose Rental Shows How Paint, Furniture, and a Great Layout Can Successfully Section a Studio
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Name: Brett Bralley and dog George
Location: Downtown San Jose, California
Type of home: Apartment
Size: About 500 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: What instantly sold me on this downtown San Jose historic studio apartment was the wall of windows. I’m a writer who works from home, so that natural light flooding in at all times of day is essential.
It took a few tries to get the layout just right, but now I have a separate space for living, sleeping, working, and cooking. I’m amazed at what the right layout can do in such a small space.
I wanted this apartment to be me through and through. And it is — from the bold colors to the warm textures and the funky art (much done by dear friends.)
I moved in right after a tough breakup, so I decided to do literally whatever I wanted, which is, of course, a perk of living alone! And one thing I wanted to do was bring in bright accents with paint. I painted the archway that separates the kitchen from the rest of the apartment a bold pink. Then I freehanded a “mural” behind my bed. I also added a peel-and-stick yellow backsplash to my kitchen.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Playful, happy, colorful, eclectic, me
What is your favorite room and why? It’s all one room, but I love my “living room” the most. It’s groovy, plant-filled, and has a view of downtown San Jose. It’s the perfect place to unwind after work with my pup.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? One of the last things I grabbed was a super cute pink planter from Plant Slut, a local plant shop.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Have fun. If you want to try something, try it!
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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