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Feb 19

A 494-Square-Foot Studio Was Decorated on an Awesomely Small Budget — House Call

Name: Erica Thomas
Location: Williamsburg — Brooklyn, New York
Size: 494 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting

I live in a 494-square-foot studio apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. This is the first apartment I’ve ever lived in that has a really fantastic layout that utilizes all of the space well. It has 10-foot ceilings and a wall of eight-foot windows, so it definitely feels bigger than it is. I’ve lived here six months and prioritized getting the space decorated and organized as soon as possible. Otherwise, I know myself, and I would be living with a bunch of unpacked boxes indefinitely.

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Jan 19

This Apartment's Views Feels Like Living on a House Boat — House Call

Name: Miya Kusumoto, my kitten, Poppy
Location: Riverside — Jacksonville, Florida
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

The Riverside House—Rochester House as it was originally known—was built in 1869 as a boutique hotel that could accommodate up to 40 guests. Perhaps the most famous guest that stayed at the hotel was Mary Todd Lincoln—reportedly she came down South to recover from arthritic pain.

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Jan 19

A Small and Chic Paris Apartment Maximizes Every Inch — House Call

Name: Louise Lechat, husband Guillaume Lechat, and 11-month-old daughter
Location: Paris, France
Size: 580 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, owned

My husband and I bought the apartment in 2016 and use it as our base when we are in Paris. We are both photographers. It’s in a really vibrant area of Paris called Pigalle, which is just below Montmartre. It’s on the sixth floor (without an elevator) but there is a window on the roof, which we replaced with a Velux window. When you go onto the roof you have views of the Sacre Coeur and the Eiffel tower. You feel on top of the world!

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Jan 19

A Shared Chicago Home Has "Minimal Bohemian" Style — House Call

Name: Jennifer Page, my partner, Ronnie, and two cats “The Boys” Henry and Bones
Location: Portage Park/Jefferson Park/Northwest side — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 1,300 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, owned

When I moved in to Ronnie’s space, our goal as a newly cohabiting couple was to create a space that was entirely our home. We wanted our home to continually inspire us, but also be comfortable and a place to stay tucked away when the work week ends. I’m a floral designer and manage a lifestyle boutique while Ronnie runs a family business of 40 years. We’re not ones to only give half an effort on anything we do, so it’s no surprise that making a home should be any different.

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17
Dec 18

New Parents Squeeze a Nursery into a One-Bedroom With a Living Room Redesign — House Call

Name: Neda Bajwa, my husband, Amir, our dog, Kiko, and our baby girl, Alaia
Location: San Francisco, California
Size: 750 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

Our home design combines mid-century mod, Moroccan, tropical, and glam all in one. It is a combination of black, white, marble, and brass touches throughout. You’ll notice pops of color such as emerald that tie into our tropical living plants brought all the way from our last L.A. home. Each piece is budget-friendly but tasteful, combining global touches from our travels around the world. Our small space is proof that design and creativity can make even a one-bedroom apartment feel like a photo-worthy dream home.

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16
Dec 18

See Why a New York Apartment Has Cheese Boards in the Bathroom — House Call

Name: Laura Merle
Location: West Village — New York, New York
Size: Around 500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, renting

I love my apartment. It’s old. It’s a bit run-down. And it has almost all the New York charm you can possibly hope for (I sadly don’t have a fireplace…). I rented the place on a bit of a whim: A bad day at work meant that I was procrastinating online and found a listing for a two-bedroom place in the West Village for a not insane amount. “Obviously fake. Or gone,” I thought, but rather than emailing the agent I called him and to my surprise the apartment was not only still available, but had just been dropped a couple hundred below the listed price. I enlisted a friend to go check it out that evening, “Because if he wants to kill us, at least there’ll be two of us to fight him off.”

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10
Dec 18

Modern Farmhouse Meets California Cool — House Call

Name: Valeria Jacobs, my husband, three kids (two boys and a girl), and a minature pincher
Location: Castro Valley, California
Size: 1,400 square feet
Years lived in: 10 months, renting

We live in a cottage-style home. When we first saw the listing for rent I got a feeling that it was the house for our family. I fell in love with the big windows in the dining room, the hardwood floors, and overall it felt like a little home to us. My husband and I are both Peruvian, born and raised and have been together since high school (almost 15 years). We have two boys and very recently we welcomed our little girl. My husband is a mechanical engineer and I own a small online shop called Rebecca and Genevieve.

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Dec 18

A Portland Home Is the Perfect Blend of Whimsical and Modern — House Call

Name: Amanda J Franz and pup Milo
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 2,600 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, owned

My name is Amanda Franz and I live in Portland, Oregon, with my Australian Labradoodle, Milo. I am a creative entrepreneur who owns the custom stationery company, Wide Eyes Paper Co. Wide Eyes specializes in hand-crafted wedding invitations and we ship all around the USA and internationally. I am an adventurous and curious 29-year-old surfer gal from sunny Southern California.

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Dec 18

A Sunny Tennessee Home Is Full of Plants and Metal Art — House Call

Name: Stephanie Edward, husband, Charlie, and daughter, Eve
Location: Leoma, Tennessee
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

After renting a few places with “character,” my husband, Charlie, and I finally bought our own home three years ago intent on having a place where everything functioned properly for a change and we could paint! It’s been fun making this house a home, and adding a baby into the mix.

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Dec 18

A Prop Stylist's Small Home Is Industrial and Minimal — House Call

Name: Giana Shorthouse
Location: Ponce City Market — Atlanta, Georgia
Size: 655 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

I live at the FLATS at Ponce City Market in Atlanta. Housed in a historic landmark originally constructed by Sears, Roebuck & Co. in 1926, each flat at Ponce City Market mimics the industrial modern aesthetic of the building with original features such as brick walls, tall ceilings, and expansive steel-frame windows overlooking the Atlanta skyline.

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