A Pinterest Employee’s 232-Square-Foot San Francisco Studio — House Tour

Name: Cindy Zhang
Location: Soma — San Francisco, California
Size: 232 square feet
Years lived in: Rented less than 1 year

Finding a nice, affordable apartment has become a challenge for anyone moving to San Francisco. When Cindy moved in 2016 from San Diego, she was super happy to find a cute little studio in the hip neighborhood of Soma. A mix of new buildings and old warehouses, housing mostly start-ups, Soma is quickly becoming a residential neighborhood.

Cindy’s studio shows you don’t have to live in a huge space to live comfortably. She drew inspiration from Scandinavian design, contemporary typography and vintage posters to decorate her small home. But she also heavily considered furniture shapes and sizes to complement the layout of her studio; Cindy’s small studio actually feels quite spacious. And she’s carved out dedicated areas for work, relaxing, hosting friends, and even for her beloved piano. Besides working at Pinterest, she is also a proud member of the band Mino.

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Love It or Hate It, This Design Trend is Back in Bathrooms

It was absolutely everywhere in the early 2000s — tiny square tiles, often in mosaics of varying shades, with a bit of an iridescent sheen. Those same tiles were big in the ’70s and ’80s, too, although then you were more likely to see them in shades of white or beige. And since almost everything that once falls out of fashion will eventually cycle back, I’m starting to see those tiny tiles crop up once again.

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A Touch of This Electric Color Makes the Room, Every Time — Currently Obsesssed

There are some colors that you see and think, oh, that’s pretty. And then there are some colors that you see and you just have to look at them. For me, cobalt blue is that color. I just can’t help but want to drink in the electric hue. Every time I see it in a space, even if it’s just a little bit, it totally makes the room for me. Maybe for you, too. Check out these nine spaces (and 10 shoppable products) and decide for yourself.

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A Floral Designer’s Colorful, Contemporary Cape Town Home — House Tour

Name: Lana Fredericks
Location: Green Point — Cape Town, South Africa
Size: 700 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

In contrast to its vibrant urban setting, Lana’s apartment has a calm and collected ambiance with plenty of botanical touches thanks to her line of work. After studying events management and culinary arts, Lana chose to work as a wedding and event consultant for a top Cape Town florist. It was here that she discovered that flowers unlocked a language of texture and color and allowed her to express her inner creativity. Lana has since then launched her own business, Myūzu, which offers floral design, creative conceptualization and direction.

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9 Unique Ways to Customize the BEKVAM Step Stool

IKEA’s BEKVAM step stool is the $20 item we see over and over again in readers’ homes. It’s solid wood and comes unpainted or in black or white. It’s super utilitarian – but can also add style to your home, especially if you take a little time to make it your own. Customize it to add function and flair, or keep it simple with a fresh coat of paint. Here are some of our favorite BEKVAM projects to get you thinking.

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Harry Styles Is the Plant Lady We All Aspire To Be

I’ve come to appreciate Harry Styles over the past year. Despite never being a particularly big fan of One Direction—I’m of the NKOTB/BSB/N*SYNC era of boy bandery—I am quite enamored with Harry’s solo album, shorter hair, wild wardrobe, and especially, his penchant for being a true plant lady. Don’t believe me on that last one? We have the receipts.

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Before and After: From Slapdash Kitchen to a Blue-Grey Beauty

Here’s a kitchen that makes me think, “Sure! Great! I’ve paid many dollars every month for the privilege of cooking in much worse and much, much smaller spaces!” But all is not what it seems, so click through for the total transformation and the truth about what the kitchen was like before the makeover.

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