Name: Mellissa Baugh
Location: Downtown London — Ontario, Canada
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 775 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years, renting

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: I’m an emerging artist living in Canada. I spend a lot of time at home, whether just hanging out, entertaining and even working from home, so I wanted to create a comfortable and inviting space. This apartment is located in the downtown London area. It is not quite in the heart of the downtown region but rather a balanced intersection between the downtown core and the semi-suburban part of London I believe.

My apartment has two bedrooms. Although I live alone, I love to entertain and have guests visit from time to time. My home has become my sanctuary, especially since the pandemic. It’s where I find time to fuel my art passion. Some of the artwork around this apartment is done by myself and reflective of my personality. I’m an abstract painter, so I admire abstract and eclectic designs in my space because it speaks to my creativity.

I think your home should reflect your personality, and in designing this space I aimed to achieve a welcoming, warm, and cozy, yet modern feel. Hence the warm and neutral color palettes combined with the bold colors like the green, for instance. I love to make statements and stand out, but at the same time, I love simplicity and comfort, so I tried to capture all of that in this small space.

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Cozy, stylish, modern, vibrant, and eclectic!

What is your favorite room and why? My favorite room is the living room as it’s where I spend the most time. My couch is very comfortable, so it makes the time spent in there relaxing. I also love unwinding and watching a Netflix show or two after a long day there.

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? The last thing I purchased recently was this CB2 large terrazzo ball in black. I think it’s a really unique accent piece that elevated my space.

Any advice for creating a home you love? Any advice I would give is to make your home comfortable to you and your personality/creative style. It is so easy to get caught up in what’s trending or in style, but you shouldn’t let what’s trending stop you from incorporating your personal style and creativity into your own home. The key to creating a home you love is to incorporate elements that have meaning and significance to your life and mixing into your space.

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