Name: Sofia Berger Location: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York Size: 480 square feet + garden Years lived in: 3 years; rented Sofia is a banker by day and an aspiring interior designer in the rest of her time. She frequents the hardware stores so often that the employees know her by name. Her bookcases are stocked with shelter magazines and her furniture has been decoupaged, reconstructed, upholstered, hacked or built from scratch. All this and we haven’t even gotten to the garden yet.
"Invest in the highest quality pieces that you can afford for your core furnishings (couch, dining table, reading chair); good lighting makes everything look better; don't be afraid to mix and match materials, eras and styles; plants make every room feel more alive."