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Name: Maxie Optican and puppy, Tofu
Location: Venice, California
Type of home: Bungalow apartment
Size: 450 square feet
Time lived in: 6 months, renting
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: My puppy Tofu and I have lived in my little Venice bungalow for six months. The vintage bungalow was originally designed by an artist in the ’80s, and he added special touches, like wood plank walls and a mosaic tile bathroom floor. Being a 32-year-old single girl on a budget, I brought in my handy-dandy dad to help me turn the run-down place into the oasis of my dreams.
We transformed the tiny backyard patio into a jungle oasis and reused the wood from the built-in daybed we removed to create shelving in