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Name: Renata Katz
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 600 square feet
Time lived in: 9 months, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I live in a 600-square-foot studio all by myself. Previously, I lived with a roommate and I moved into my studio after two years in my former apartment. Living on my own has given me the opportunity to decorate to my heart’s content and really explore my style. Being at home all the time during the pandemic has enabled me to try out different DIY projects and hunt for vintage finds on Facebook Marketplace. My current building does not have any vintage flair since it is new, so I made it my goal to bring retro vibes into my modern space. With trips to over 20+ antique stores around Massachusetts and spontaneous Facebook Marketplace adventures, I have incorporated many vintage treasures in my home that make me truly happy.

I identify as a creative, artistic person and this part of my personality is definitely reflected in my home. Growing up, I always loved watching my mom create beautiful watercolor paintings and her talent has inspired me to find my own creative, artistic outlet: home decor. She never held back on incorporating beautiful, bright colors in her paintings so I always grew up surrounded by vibrant art. Two of her paintings are proudly displayed in my apartment where I have chosen bold, bright decor. We have very similar styles and express our artistic talents in different outlets.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Retro, Creative, Colorful

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite space is my living area. Since I live in a studio, my living area is very multi-functional. I eat, work, lounge, exercise, and more in this one space and it works really well for me. Although this apartment is small, and I do not have a lot of space to spread out, it has been an outlet for my creativity, especially during the pandemic.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I bought for my home is a vintage Cathrine Holm Dutch Oven Pot for my mid-century hutch. I purchased this item from an antique store near my apartment and it is now one of my favorite pieces in my vintage cookware collection.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Don’t be afraid to be bold. Although many decor trends emphasize neutral tones, a little color can go a long way. It is important to look around different stores, whether it is HomeGoods or an antique store, and pick pieces that truly speak to you. Your home is a reflection of you — so it is best to represent your personality as much as you can.

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