Never in a thousand years did I think I’d live in a studio,” says Mindy Shafer.
But it’s been more than a year since she moved into just such a space in downtown Des Moines, at the Civic Center Court Apartments.
Shafer had previously been living near the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
“I craved to be downtown,” says Shafer, who works at the Marriott downtown. “I think I’m more of a city girl at heart.”
When she looked at Civic Center Court, there was a waiting list for a one bedroom unit in the building, she says. So, she took her chances with a studio, even though she likes having a separate bedroom.
But she liked the layout, how the kitchen flows into the living area and the three closets. Also, it was very affordable, she says, and she can walk to work and the Downtown Farmers Market.
It’s a decision that’s seemed to work well for Shafer, who has built a cozy home, filled with warm colors and creative touches that follow her style, which she describes as more modern with clean lines.
“It’s definitely been a fun process,” Shafer says of playing with the decor.
Her space is a constant work in progress. Shafer is always looking at different ideas online of how others utilize, organize and decorate their studios and is particularly interested in ways to help make hers look bigger.
She painted the south wall a striking saffron color and then found a room divider with a floral design that contained yellow to match. Plans for her north wall included putting up calendar pages featuring the works of artists such as Salvador Dali and Vincent van Gogh, in frames she’s been purchasing from Etsy. Another project on her list involves making a headboard out of refurbished shutters.
In addition to decorating, Shafer loves to cook, when she has time. Having a patio has helped, where she’s had a planter filled with things like peppers, basil and rosemary.
Shafer likes her studio so much she’s signed a lease for another 12 months.
“I like my place,” she says. “I like my (accent) wall. I don’t have any needs of expanding just yet.”