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This Junior’s Studio Is a “Sanctuary” Bursting with Plants and Natural Light

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Home Type
Studio apartment (off-campus)
Morgan State University
Baltimore, Maryland
Square feet
Sq ft
Art print above dorm room desk.
Credit: Tabitha Williams

Personalized decor and an abundance of natural light provide Morgan State University junior Tabitha Williams a place to rest and take it easy after a busy day of classes. Here’s how she created a space that’s tailored perfectly to her tastes.

Credit: Tabitha Williams

Tabitha’s Space

How’d you end up in this space? I found this apartment through my university website. I was drawn to it because of its location in the city. The first thing I noticed was the big windows because I like lots of natural lighting. As I’ve made the studio my own, I feel like everything goes together well, despite obtaining each piece at completely different times. I love how intentional the space feels — I have a memory associated with when I got each item in my space (whether it be something I made, something that was a gift, or something I bought). My favorite keepsake is my custom street sign that says “Only Tabs Way.” I made it as a parting gift from my first job at 16, which was at the county department of transportation.

What’s your favorite part of your apartment? My favorite thing in my studio is the windows. The view makes the space feel larger than it is and it brings in good natural lighting, which is key to making a space feel alive. Also, the windowsill is large enough to display all my plants.

What’s your home best known for? This space is definitely my sanctuary to relax and unwind.

Credit: Tabitha Williams

Tabitha’s Style

Define your personal home style: I would describe my personal style as a collection of my favorite items. I’m really drawn to neutral tones and love pops of color in artwork. My design style inspirations are mid-century modern and Bauhaus.

What’s your proudest product hack? My favorite product hack was buying a panel curtain for the doorway of the washer/dryer unit. Rather than a traditional curtain, this one is flat, so it looks more like a piece of art. It was a great solution to cover an unattractive view.

Credit: Tabitha Williams

Tabitha’s Budget

In an effort to remove the stigma associated with talking about money in college, we’re asking students to share how they plan and budget for their space.

How do you earn your income? A part-time job.

What was your biggest splurge for this space and how much did it cost? A full-length mirror from Wayfair for $100.

What was your best budget find and how much did it cost? A large rug at Home Depot for $45.

Credit: Tabitha Williams

Tabitha’s Advice

What was your biggest challenge in designing your apartment? I think one challenge was the harsh overhead lighting. I solved this issue with several smaller lamps and lights to create ambient lighting that was less intense.

What’s your best design tip? Making your own artwork to decorate your space can save you lots of money, and it will make it more unique and fit to you personally. Also, using storage bins under your bed is a great hack for items that may otherwise have no other place to go.

Credit: Tabitha Williams

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