East Meets West in This Small Chicago Studio Apartment
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Meezan Mir has been renting this 600-square-foot studio apartment for a month: I’ve spent my life between the U.S. and Southeast Asia, so while I’m extremely influenced by the clean, bright style here today, l’ve added elements of my South Asian roots to ground me and add color. In my home, you’ll see a modern, white couch rooted by a Persian rug from my grandmother or a mid-century TV stand by an Indonesian drum. This is how I feel most at balance — internally and externally.
I’m a Pakistani American woman, and my identity is absolutely reflected in my home. From my grandmother’s Persian rug to the Singaporean bench, this home reflects my history of living abroad. Out of all the places l’ve lived, I call Arizona home, as it’s where I did most of my schooling.
I pay homage to it with a painting of a cactus getting a haircut on my wall.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or fewer: East meets West.
What is your favorite room and why? The serene space l’ve created in my living room — even in a studio, I wanted a place where my family could all come and spend time together. There’s enough seating complete with a coffee table that’s perfect for Uno nights.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A bouclé desk chair — soft enough that I’ll actually want to stay seated while working!
Any advice for creating a home you love? When deciding how to decorate a space, choose elements that will bring you peace.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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