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Name: Bria Randal
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Type of home: Studio Apartment
Size: 548 square feet
Years lived in: 6 months, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: This is the first time since living alone that I have come home everyday and smiled because I love my space. I am a extroverted introvert, so the way I recharge is spending time in my apartment arranging flowers or hanging art. I love light, color, and antiques. I also decorate with consistency, memorable pieces, and creams/whites. I think I come off as free-spirited and joyful, but in truth I am pretty calculated and thrive best when I feel like I can rely on my safe spaces. I want people to come into my space and feel like they can take their shoes off and lay back to speak freely.
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: A spicy siesta
What is your favorite room and why? Since my apartment is a studio, the entire thing is my favorite! My favorite piece of art is the only thing I’ve truly spent money on. [The print] is called “The Siesta” by Paul Gauguin. He depicts “the unaffected grace and communal ease of Tahitian women impressed Gauguin enormously.” As a woman of color, I wanted my art to reflect beauty I could identify with, not beauty that has been outwardly promoted.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time. There is nothing like seeing a piece of furniture or art and having an emotion tied to it. For example, I got my Siesta painting from a vintage antique store with my mom. Every time I look at it, I think about the excitement in her eyes when she held it up for me. That was worth having bare walls for about three years!