This Small Oakland Apartment Is a Beautiful Blend

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A painting hanging above a pillow-filled gray couch next to a wooden coffee table and colorful rug
Credit: Veda Banerjee

Veda Banerjee tells us about the apartment they’ve lived in for 1.5 years: I moved to Oakland 1.5 years ago after 18 years in San Francisco. It’s a modern building and my apartment has lovely, 11-foot ceilings. Loved the southwest-facing windows and light!

Credit: Veda Banerjee

I wanted touches of my Indian background and I also love Paris apartments, so I think I’ve combined both effectively, with some lucky mid-century modern scores on Facebook Marketplace — especially my dining table chairs.

Credit: Veda Banerjee

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or fewer: Colorful, warm, curated, and fun.

I love colors — or layering colors, I should say. So my background is neutral with the wall color and comfy couch. But the art is colorful and special to me.

Credit: Veda Banerjee

What is your favorite room and why? My living room. It’s comfy and inviting.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A lovely Parisian-style mirror for my living room. Because it’s a one-bedroom apartment, the mirrors make the space feel bigger.

Credit: Veda Banerjee

Any advice for creating a home you love? One that’s been shared before: Take your time. Live in the space a bit to get a sense of light in the apartment. Don’t be afraid to make a few mistakes; it’s OK. And if you find the perfect item on Facebook Marketplace or the flea market, just get it! Also, don’t over-clutter small spaces. The eye needs a moment to settle, so giving your curated items some space means your decorations will be appreciated more.

This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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