We're a family of four that love living in a pretty small space. Our condo is 730 square feet, one bedroom and one-and-a-half baths. We didn't intend to stay here, and I certainly never expected to end up loving small space living or a minimalist approach to possessions but this home has taught me the value of both and shaped the expectations I put on myself for how I want to show up as a home maker in the world.
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Walking out of the house one day with my two young men (Jace is four and Kasen is three), they naturally left the door to our loft wide open and continued to walk down the stairs as if they didn't have a care in the world (which is true). I, of course, lovingly yelled up to them, "Boys…do you live in a barn?" Jace stared blankly back at me for a minute. Blinked. Then very mater-of-fact stated "Yes, mom. We do." For right now, this is our home. A one bedroom, rustic, romantic loft on a little piece of land with chickens, fruit trees, and love.
My husband and I moved into our first home in October 2012, and we only bought FOUR things to decorate it. Almost all our furniture and housewares were either wedding presents, bought with wedding money or we already owned. We feel like our home has a "found object" look that some people strive for.
When we moved into our apartment, the bedroom was a poorly-lit beige box. Further challenges: The room needed to accomodate a king sized bed, clothes for two adults, plus a changing area and a bassinet for our son Izzy, who's now three months old. It's also a rental, which severely limited our willingness to make major modifications. With paint, decals, mirrors, and creative storage, we came a LONG way towards counteracting the room's tendency to be a small, dark cave. Since the room initially seemed to barely accomodate two of us, this seems like a huge achievement! This is how we pulled it off…
Check out Homie Heather's split level in Wilmington, Delaware. This place has some awesome space-saving furniture hacks, as well as a craft room so colorful that it might hurt your teeth!
It's easy to get wrapped up in trying to make your home perfect and coordinating and sticking to one certain look. I've tried for so long to stick to certain colour schemes, or a certain really specific look, and I was never completely happy and also could never get it quite right. Finally, I figured out that you shouldn't have to pick one thing you love and apply that to your decor, but instead apply everything you love to your decor. Like in my case I love kitschy, vintage things, as well as crafts and DIY, then mix in some Star Wars and dinosaurs and there you have it! It all combines to create a very kitschy, eccentric look.