A Scandinavian-Inspired Studio Apartment For Two Was Furnished With Found Objects

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Credit: Erin Miles

Name: Erin Miles and boyfriend Alex
Location: Hartford, Connecticut
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 600 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Credit: Erin Miles

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I share my studio apartment with my boyfriend Alex, and for such a small space we share it really well together! All of the furniture in our space was found on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or just found. I am inspired by Scandinavian design and the American West so I worked to have those two inspirations flow together. I’ve always loved finding my furniture and decor in thrift stores, estate sales, or Craigslist. It started out as a way to save money and to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Now it has turned into a hobby of repurposing items that also have a history instead of purchasing everything new, which is better for our environment.

Credit: Erin Miles

What is your favorite room and why? The living room. We spend the most time in there on the couch just reading, enjoying coffee, or drinks with friends. I love how that little space flows together.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? I found the perfectly worn-in wood stump between the two chairs in the living room. I found it while hiking in the woods along a river with Alex. He was sweet enough to carry it out for me!

Credit: Erin Miles

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? More storage or ceiling wood beams. Both of those things would be really nice.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Industrial, Scandinavian, earthy, bright, modern vintage.

Credit: Erin Miles

Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time finding things that resonate with you. Whenever I buy things for my home now, if it’s not a big excited yes, then it’s a no.

This submission has been edited for length and clarity.

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