Quiet coffee mornings, lively wine nights, playtime with the dog—this space has it all.

Name: Erin Weinberg

Tell us about your favorite spot in your home. Why is it your favorite spot?

My favorite spot in my home comprises more than half of it—my open-concept living room/dining room/kitchen combo. It's as fitting for lively evenings with friends as it is for a quiet morning cup of coffee, watching the sun shine in through the tall, east-facing windows.

Filled with collected artwork, furniture, and decor that has moved with me from home to home over the past decade, the room is a reflection of myself in dwelling form, and it's where I feel most at ease. The natural light doesn't hurt, either. My apartment building was built in 1916, and used to be a school. Fourteen-foot ceilings and giant windows help me wake up in the morning, and I love watching the light filter in through the oak trees outside.

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Is there a particular story about how this spot came to be arranged/decorated the way it is? Are there any particular pieces that have significant history to you or your family?

This room contains a few investment pieces I've bought for myself—my first sofa, purchased before starting graduate school, and a "dream rug" I bought after losing my old rug when my previous home was flooded during Hurricane Irma. However, more common are hand-me-downs from family, pieces my sister and I accumulated when we lived together in college, and artwork from places I've visited over the years. Nearly every item in my home has a backstory—the painting from a trip my sister and I took to Charleston before she got married, the basket that my mom and I picked out at IKEA when she came to visit, a print of a photo I took at Horseshoe Bend on a road trip with my siblings.

I have a degree in interior design, which has certainly influenced the way I've chosen to arrange my belongings and honor the space. For example, my apartment unit used to be the school library, which is one reason I’ve chosen to display my book collection as a focal point! But I have always believed that surrounding yourself with meaningful pieces and things that you love is the best way to "design" a home that will make you happy.

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Have there been particularly inspiring or moving moments in this corner of your home? Or, is there a particular feeling you get when you are in this space in your house?

This space is special to me because it has created the perfect backdrop for quiet, simple, everyday moments to take place—evenings spent cooking dinner with my boyfriend, taking a moment each morning to read and sip coffee, chasing my golden retriever around when he retrieves a t-shirt I left on the floor. I feel totally relaxed in this space, and the greatest compliment I receive is hearing friends, family, and visitors say they feel at home here!

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