Little Bear the Bearded Lady's tiny, pink, restorative studio in Seattle

You know Little Bear as our resident freak show performer and proud and beautiful bearded lady. Now let's see where she hangs her hat…

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The offbeat occupant: Little Bear the Bearded Lady, Bearded Lady with sideshow Wreckless Freeks, Operatic Chanteuse and Burlesquer
Approximate square footage: Under 650 sq. feet
How many bedrooms?0 — it's a studio
Lives in: Seattle, Washington, USA
When did you move into this home? 3 months

Let's start with the neighborhood. What's it like where you live? I live in the International District which means I'm surrounded by Korean BBQ, Mongolian HotPot, Boba Tea Shops, Chinese Bakeries, Ramen Houses, and Pho. I'm also a short walk away from numerous bus and train stations which is convenient for when I need to travel to perform.

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What makes your home offbeat? I'm hyper-femme. This being my first solo home, I wanted a space that was reflective of me, without compromise — an explosion of Bear.

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This year has been about reconstruction and healing. I was thrown out of my old home after a lover grew tired of me and couch surfed for the next six months, healing from deep trauma and depression. Gaining this home meant gaining my independence. What I found was that pink became my healing color — seeing it made me feel happy, cozy, warm, and safe. So I wanted a home that fostered my recovery.

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What's the most challenging about this space? How do you deal with the challenge? Seattle is ridiculously expensive. That I was able nab an affordable apartment at all leaves me incredibly grateful. The magic is that I am able to keep my home cozy, but not crowded.

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The limited space keeps me from accumulating too much in the way of possessions. So while it is difficult to not have more space to store things, it also keeps me grounded.

What's your favorite feature of your home? My bed, though that's not nearly exciting as it sounds, haha.

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I'm a texture-hound, and in my bed, I am enveloped in lace, velour, chenille. And seeing as how I have no other seating space, it doubles (and triples) as both my desk and my dinner table. So my bed is where all my important work happens.

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What's the most important lesson you've learned from this home? Like this entire year, this home has been an important lesson in growing up. My whole life, I've bounced from parent to partner to roommate. "Rent" was usually just either cooking or cleaning, or handing over my share to the head of the house. So having concrete due dates, utility bills, and consequence of not considering either is organically strengthening my abilities to budget and compartmentalize.

What's your grandest plan for the space? Wreckless Freeks, my sideshow and I, don't have an official "off-season," but our bookings tend to slow down a touch after Halloween. In lieu of weekly rehearsals, I'm looking forward to having them just come over and cuddle in my big pink bed while they catch me up on cartoons that they insist I'm doing a great injustice by missing (namely, Steven Universe, and Rick & Morty).

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What advice do you have for other offbeat homies? Don't be afraid of being "too much." My space would be much "too pink" for some people — but it's not THEIR space. Homes are ideally where we return to recharge, so fill it with things that recharge and restore you.

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  1. This is amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚ I too love pink and most people would find my dragon princess tower to be overwhelming in terms of the overall pinkness of it all. For me though it is the only space in the world where I can heal and safely 100% be me. Love your tiny pink space. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. This is the best advice, "Homes are ideally where we return to recharge, so fill it with things that recharge and restore you."

    Having moved in with a partner that was already established in a space carving out my niche has been a struggle but it's necessary.

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  3. I LOVE that wall hanging over the stove! Something about "My table was ….(?) with butter and love?"

  4. I'm normally not into pink, but I LOVE your pink cooking utensils! And that bearded lady print is awesome.

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  5. So pink! *heart eyes* Where did you get your rug? I've been looking for a pink one but haven't found any the right shade.

    I feel you on the independent living thoughts. I'm also in a studio that is All Mine, the first time I've lived by myself ever. Not having to compromise on any decor choices is fantastic. Everything in my place is flowers and bones and crows and butterflies and books, and no one can tell me not to.

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  6. "Homes are ideally where we return to recharge, so fill it with things that recharge and restore you."

    Love this! <3

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