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Convenience, breathtaking views, and stellar amenities all encompassed in a luxurious experience were a few of the main criteria Nathan wanted when he finally decided what apartment he would proudly call home. Nathan came to Minnesota from Ghana with his parents at the age of 7. “The Minnesota cold hits different when you’ve never experienced it. It chills you to the core!” Nathan enthusiastically expressed as he recalled first coming to the US. Despite the dramatic weather and cultural change, he is delighted to call the little city of Minneapolis home. It’s here that he fell in love with the digital world of technology and pursued a career in cybersecurity.
Name: Nathan Mensah
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota – Downtown
Home Type: Apartment
Home Status: Lived in for 4 months – Rented
Size: 700 square feet
Career: Cyber Security
As soon as you enter the unit, you’re greeted with a spacious open floor plan that lets you see right over the gray quartz countertop kitchen island. Go a little further and you will find yourself in the living room filled with neutral colors such as grays, blacks, and whites. At the end of the living room stands large 10 feet floor-to-ceiling windows with a view that makes you feel like you’re in Gotham City.
Right away, it’s apparent Nathan cares about keeping things organized, clean and simple. “Balance is important to me. I really like consistency even when it comes to decor colors. This way things don’t feel too busy.”
Nathan chose to contrast his gray kitchen countertop with accents of white and black starting with the kitchen island and working its way around beneath the cabinets. Because of the strong use of neutral colors, he added 3 plants he received as gifts, to give his kitchen a bit more life. He considers himself a proud plant dad as he’s managed to keep them alive and healthy since receiving them.
In the living room, the coffee-colored wood floor creates a satisfying contrast against the soft white and gray rug in the living room. Loving animals, he chose to make the golden panther the central focus. A large beautiful canvas of a golden panther permeates the room with a glistening shimmer. The canvas was custom made by Adela who lives in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She also states that a portion of the money made from her paintings goes to supporting painting workshops made with abandoned children.
On the coffee table, a golden panther is the ornament of focus, providing that dash of personality and pop of color to offset the neutrality of the room. Alongside the golden panther ornament, is a wonderful quote “Being Happy Never Goes out of Style” and a plant to give the room a breath of fresh air.
The performance weave sectional below the painting was custom made by Rove Concept, a Canadian based company, upon request. Nathan decided to add balance to the sectional with 4 pillows using solid and diagonal pattern pillows, thus tying everything together.
Tucked right next to the sectional is a large 14” Snake Plant boldly perched on a modern Scandinavian planter.
The comfy cashmere wool Womb Chair finishes the symmetrical balance of the living room while providing a perfect place to relax and watch TV or take in the beautiful view.
Strolling along to the bedroom, Nathan makes great use of this space ergonomically. Because the space serves multiple roles (work, sleep, and relaxing), he approached it with the mindset of convenience and minimalism. “I strongly dislike clutter and excessively furnished bedrooms” replied Nathan when questioned about his bedroom décor.
Connecting the bathroom and the bedroom is a walk-in closet where he has an in-unit washer/dryer, and where he keeps his clothing, documents, and home essential items organized. To disrupt the white finishes in the bathroom, a bold blue and orange octopus serves as the art on the shower curtain cover.
“I’m absolutely loving this apartment along with all the amenities. The convenience, design, and views make it enjoyable for me to come home every single day,” says Nathan.
What’s your favorite area and piece?
Nathan: “100% the Womb Chair. It’s so comfy and provides so much utility. I love to sit there and read, watch YouTube videos, look out the window, work, or have a drink with friends occasionally. My friends know that’s my seat haha”.
Any tips for creating a home you love?
Nathan: “YES! Even if you’re moving into an apartment, make it feel like home. I used to have the mindset that since it’s not permanent, why bother with décor? I will say after being on both sides of the fence, getting the décor and making my apartment feel welcoming definitely helps. It’s more relaxing, helps with creativity, and has helped make me happier overall. Don’t underestimate what your space can do for you!”
Favorite Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear – I’m a huge believer in self-improvement and always striving to be the best version of you.”
Favorite Home Appliance: “This is a tie between an in-unit Washer/Dryer and a Dishwasher – These things are life-changing!”
Coffee or Tea: “Tea! I do love coffee from time to time though. This isn’t a fair question!”
Cats or Dogs: “I love cats! I love dogs! Can I pick both?!”
Country or City: “City, no question about it! I’ve always wanted to live in the cities since I was a kid.”
Garbage Bin: simplehuman Semi-Round Step Trash
Bar Stool Seats: Wade Logan Bar Stool
Wine Rack: CB2 Geometric Wine Rack
Coffee Machine: Nespresso: Nespresso Vertuo
Coffee Capsule Holder: Nifty 5515 Nespresso Vertuoline Carousel
Tray: CB2 Hi-gloss Round Tray
Fruit Basket: CB2 White Fruit Bowl
Blender: Vitamix Professional Series 500 Blender
Planter (Kitchen Island): Tang CN Indoor Planter
Planter (Sink Countertop): Target White Indoor Planter
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