A Small Pastel Apartment Includes an Iridescent Shower Curtain and Colorful Kaiju Collection
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Name: Amy Wibowo and occasionally, a 9-year-old tuxedo cat named Moxie, who I share with my partner, and occasionally my partner
Location: San Francisco, California
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 566 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’ve lived in this apartment longer than I’ve lived anywhere in my life! It has seven windows, which I love because I thrive in lots of natural light. When I first moved in, I decorated it with IKEA furniture, which I slowly replaced over time as I saved up to buy some statement pieces. I work for myself, so I have a computer desk set up in my living room, and another craft and sewing desk set up in my bedroom. I’ve decorated it with trinkets from the places I’ve traveled and lived, like a giant plush robot from my time living in Tokyo, building robots for Honda, and Moomin figures I bought while biking across Finland.
My apartment is my safe haven, and my favorite place to be, whether it’s curled up reading a book on the couch with the cat or tackling a weekend sewing project at my sewing desk or taking a shower in my iridescent kaiju-themed bathroom. My husband and I live in two separate apartments in the same building because we both love having lots of space of our own, and because we get to decide what marriage means for us! So he doesn’t live in my apartment but he’s a frequent visitor. He’s a web developer, and I’m a creative technologist who uses my degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering to makes inclusive and accessible STEM teaching materials and interactive art. Together we have a very cute and playful tuxedo cat named Moxie and she splits her time between our two apartments. She is very into bonito flakes and her cat dancer toy.
I’m a homebody who loves to travel so my furniture is soft and comfy, like my blush colored velvet couch, while my shelves are filled with trinkets from my travels. I’m always working on creative projects, so my apartment can be a bit of a chaotic mess, but usually a colorful and cute mess, at least I hope! I love pastels, and also find that I’m happiest when surrounding myself with warm soft colors. Though I work in technology, I find the aesthetic of a lot of technology to be rather drab. It’s my life’s mission to change that, so I try to fill my home with devices that are both cute and functional, even if sometimes I have to make them myself (like my fruit-shaped computer cases, or the computer keyboard I designed and built).
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Eclectic, extra, warm, airy, pastel
What is your favorite room and why? Currently, my bathroom! I’ve been collecting Japanese monster figures (kaiju) that are iridescent or neon and they really bring a pop of joy to the space, along with my iridescent shower curtain. I start and end every day with a skin routine in the bathroom mirror so it’s extra important to me that that space feel joyful.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? This Vienna Sofa from Anthropologie.
This submission’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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