When I started looking for apartments I thought about what mattered to me most. Location? Size? Windows? After looking at lots of options I figured out my biggest non-negotiable: outdoor space. Especially moving to a small apartment during a global pandemic, I realized it was important for me to have a space to study outside and get away from the small inside space. Once I realized how important this was to me, I focused my energy on making the space the best it could be. A pretty outdoor table with chairs, an outdoor rug, and some bamboo for a bit more privacy, really brought the space together. Now, we use the space all the time: for studying, group dinners, games, and just sitting out in the sun.